Remember Who You Are and What Your Calling Is

The other day I overheard a conversation between my 5-year-old grandson, Noah, and his Mama. Noah said, “Everett’s mom says, ‘Talk to me like I’m the Queen!’” Ah, that’s solid wisdom right there!  In our world of harsh and caustic words, it can be easy to internalize the words of others and allow them to…

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The Spiritual Discipline of Waiting

Waiting is one of the most difficult of all the spiritual disciplines.  In our hurried, driven, fast-paced culture we have lost the art of waiting well. If there’s a long line at Target, we move over to self-checkout. If there’s a long line at the Starbucks drive-through, we sigh and wonder if we should run…

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3 Promises You Can Trust God to Keep

One day we had a bunch of our grandkids over. In the morning I had told my little granddaughter, Tori, that we would bake brownies – but as the day progressed, I forgot all about my promise. Later near dinner time, Tori’s older sister, Rayna, reminded me. I realized it was too late to make…

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The Wisdom of Withdrawing

One of the most profound verses in the gospels to me personally is Luke 5:16, “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” I find it so intriguing that the physician Luke was the one who made this observation. The demands of Jesus’ ministry were great. Everyone wanted a piece of Him. If you’re…

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The Top 10 Perils of Pastoring

It’s a wonderful privilege to be a pastor. It’s fulfilling to craft and deliver messages. It’s fun to build teams and reach goals. It’s rewarding to share in life’s most meaningful moments with the parishioners that the Lord has placed in our care. But as life-giving as ministry can be… it’s also fraught with peril.…

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3 Promises Jesus Gives for the Transitions of Life

Transitions can be challenging and confusing, but they provide an opportunity for deepened faith. The transition following the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus felt confusing for the disciples. The women saw the empty tomb and Peter and John ran and saw the empty tomb (John 20:1-10), but we know that they were confused about what…

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This Is Eternal Life

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. Growing to know Jesus Christ at a heart level is the greatest pursuit of life. As Jesus put it: “THIS is eternal life.” We tend to think of eternal life as never-ending life. But that’s not how Jesus defined…

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The Key to a Clean Heart is a Genuine Confession

Relationships make up the fabric of our lives. We are called to live in community with God and love others. Early church fathers defined true spirituality as loving well. Yet, our relationships are so often broken. Fractured by hurt feelings, disappointments, and angry words, we often dig in our heels, become defensive, and point the…

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Renewable Energy for a Resilient Life

Renewable energy is all the buzz right now. Renewable energy creates and sustains electricity – which keeps the lights on – with less environmental impact. In the spiritual realm, what keeps the lights on in our relationship with Christ? What gives us sustaining energy for the long haul of serving Christ? The key is to…

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This Week, Hold a Self-Management Meeting

I learned a long time ago the value of a good self-management meeting, especially when I’m feeling overwhelmed or fearful. The only attendee (other than God) at my self-management meeting is me! In our times, there are lots of reasons to feel overwhelmed and fearful. We’ve had our fair share of natural disasters. We see…

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