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Hindsight is the mountain of perspective

It was 1978 and I was in the Navy, getting ready to transfer off my first submarine to “shore duty.” The man in charge of assigning me to a duty station told me repeatedly that there was no place else for me to go other than where we already were, in San Diego. We had...

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“If nothing changes, nothing changes.”

An insight from the world of bumper-sticker wisdom: “If nothing changes, nothing changes.” I spoke with a few people this week who were experiencing significant distress. Although each had had meaningful personal interactions with the Lord during previous ministry...

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The three “T’s” of the spiritual journey

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”  (Proverbs 3:5-6) I have observed over the years that folks who come for ministry (or sit in a church on Sunday...

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The routine answer will not do

There are three very comfortable chairs arranged around a low table in the front room of my house. Behind one of them is a big window through which the eastern sunrise shines. That chair is my favorite place for Bible reading and prayer. Mornings in that chair, with...

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God is not mad at you

People wander into my office all the time. I recall a particular time, a year or so ago, when a young man came into the church office. He had made some incredibly bad choices over the last ten years that had cost him his job and the relationships with his father, his...

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An Apology, A Clarification and A Celebration

Good morning Avalon Church family, During the message yesterday [Sunday, October 15] I appealed to y’all to let me know about concerns that needed to be addressed so I (we) could work on resolving them. I appreciate that some took that to heart and let me know about a...

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