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First, think about it!

First, think about it!

A few years ago, I facilitated a small-group DVD-series by Gary Thomas entitled Sacred Marriage. It is an excellent study based on his book by the same name. The bottom-line emphasis of the book/study is to challenge us to consider that God may well have designed...

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Onboard the USS COVID-19

Onboard the USS COVID-19

Over my first cup of coffee this morning, I reflected on my Navy career in submarines. Confined space, too many people too close, little opportunity to be by yourself, always something that needs to be done or fixed, someone seems to always need something from you, no...

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Empty the Big Red Cup

Empty the Big Red Cup

Near the end of a counseling session, the woman sitting across from me asked two questions; one, then a pause, and then the other: "How did I get so angry?"  Pause. Then, "How did I get so angry at myself?" I told her the answer to the first question...

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The Monday after Easter

The Monday after Easter

Resurrection Sunday - Easter - had been one of the most unexpected and glorious days for the disciples! But what about Monday or Tuesday? John tells us in John 21 that one day he and six other disciples actually went fishing - they went back to work, so to...

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Confession is a good thing

Confession is a good thing

“…if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”  (Romans 10:9) “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be...

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Just slow down

Just slow down

"Where was God? Where was He when this was happening?" This is one of the most common questions I hear in ministry sessions. It embodies so many painful and limiting beliefs; perhaps biggest amongst those is the belief that a person is so bad or worthless that even...

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What vs. Why

What vs. Why

"Why did this happen?" This is one of the most oft asked questions I hear in counseling sessions. And usually God's name is inserted into the equation so that the sentence reads, "Why did God let [make] this happen?" I always encourage folks to take that...

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Got paint?

Got paint?

After an animated time of social sharing, a small group I facilitate settled in for a study on forgiveness. As I distributed the scripture verses handout, I also placed a small Cinderella figure on a paper plate in the middle of the table.  The Bible study...

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“I never thought of that…”

“I never thought of that…”

First, you need to know that I believe in Satan and demons (and angels, for that matter). I realize not everyone does; for many, the entire concept of “angels and demons” is simply spiritual mythology, a fantasy world for unsophisticated people. But at least...

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“What do you see…?

“What do you see…?

After a particularly fruitful session this week, it occurred to me how similar what happened in that time is to the approach you will find in a collection of the Psalms. The basic format of many of those recorded interactions between man and God look something...

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In proportion to:

In proportion to:

I recall a time when I taught the 2nd/3rd grade classes in our Children’s Ministry. We had a good time (well, at least I did!) learning about forgiveness.  We counted out 77 stones, one at a time, to really see how serious Jesus was about forgiving...

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Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

Do not be surprised as you navigate 2020 if you find yourself making the following statement: “I just wish God would make it definitive and clear what He wants me to do; or at least let me know why He is doing this (allowing this) in my life.” On one hand, the Lord...

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