True Sacrifice

A week or so ago I saw a commenter take one of my Facebook friend to task for using the word “Sacrament.” That word is a theological word that is used across all Christian denominations to mean ways that God brings grace to an individual’s life. Catholic hold there to be 7 official sacraments: Baptism, […]

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David’s Mighty Men

David’s son Solomon, years after his father had died, writes these words in Ecclesiastes 4:12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Whether he learned this by watching his father…or was simply expressing this out of his own experience…probably a combination of both. There […]

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Dancing in God’s Presence

Back in July, David Johnston, Canada’s governor general, raised some issues when he breached protocol with the Queen of England. They were descending the stairs, and he knew the carpet was a bit plush and possibly unstable, so he reached out his hand and placed it on the Queen’s elbow to help steady her, but […]

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Dealing with our enemies

I saw a Facebook meme the other day…it might have been one of you who posted it, but there are so many of those things it is impossible to keep track. It said, People hate you for one of three reasons.  They hate themselves, they want to be you, or they see you as a […]

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Seeing God’s Reality

The story of David and Goliath is probably the best known Bible story of all time. There might be some discussion about some of the stories about Jesus, but when we think about Bible stories within our secular culture this story is the top one or at least top two. People know this story. We […]

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What does God see in me?

As much as things have changed in our society with more women, minorities, and young, hipster-style tech leaders moving into top positions at companies…we also haven’t changed. There seems to be something hardwired into us that looks to the outward appearance of someone, and decides what kind of person they are. And we, as Americans, […]

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Fear, Anxiety, and Worry

This morning we are talking about fear, anxiety, and worry.  So, I asked Billy to set up this microphone because I’m going to have us form a line, and I want you to walk across the stage, and tell us what your biggest fear is… Ok, I’m kidding. You can stop your glossophobia…the fear of […]

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Jonah-Why We Hate Grace

Show video clip of Instant Karma Does anyone else want to cheer when they watch that? I’ve told the story before of how I drove about 5 miles out of my way just to watch a guy, who was speeding, get pulled over by the cop he blew past and didn’t see. We love to […]

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Jonah-Those Far From God

There are a lot of people who struggle with the reality of Jonah. A man is thrown overboard, swallowed by a large fish, lives in this fish for three days, and is eventually vomited onto dry land. What an incredibly, unbelievable story. This is the stuff of fairy tales and legends. It is difficult, if […]

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Jonah-Taking Others Along for the Ride

DiscoverMagazine.com recently reported on a really cool study that seems to indicate the experiences of our ancestors have more impact on than previously thought. Whenever we suffer a traumatic experience or face hardships…these molecules attach themselves to our DNA, and then get passed on to our children. “According to the new insights of behavioral epigenetics, […]

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