Encouragement


12
Jun 2018
K(no)w Wonder

Have you ever felt a bit of surprise mixed with admiration, curiosity, amazement and awe because of something beautiful, unexpected, unexplainable, or unfamiliar? How often? A couple times a year? Once a month? Once a week? Everyday? The feeling I’m asking about is wonder. How often to do have a sense of wonder? Do you wake up in wonder of a new day? Do you embrace the day with a sense of wonder at the world around you? Do you greet people in pure wonder about their life and experiences? Do you......

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04
Jun 2018
The Question You Are Being Asked Everyday

Imagine for a moment that your future was in jeopardy…your career, your retirement, your marriage…all of it. And the thing standing in your way was a question: Who are you and what are you doing? The answer you give to this question will either set everything positive and good in motion…or it will set off disaster in your life. Maybe it’s your boss asking you this question. Maybe it’s your spouse. Maybe it’s your financial adviser. It could be anyone. The point is that person is standing in your way and holding......

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01
May 2018
Love is Connecting the Dots

  I love God. I don’t just believe in God. I love God. And I’m pretty certain that love is more important than belief. After all, one of the most significant and celebrated passages of the Hebrew Bible (which Jesus quoted when asked about the greatest commandment) is Deuteronomy 6:4-5… Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. (NIV) Yet even on the best of days, I tend to question my love for God. I ask myself, How do I......

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25
Apr 2018
That's Not Comfortable

German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer was part of the confessing church in Germany that stood in resistance to the Nazi regime. And he wrote this in a letter to his brother-in-law, a letter that was in part about the Bible and how we read scripture: If it is I who determine where God is to be found, then I shall always find a God who corresponds to me in some way, who is obliging, who is connected with my own nature. But if God determines where he is to be found, then it......

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16
Apr 2018
Missing Details

Our Church Board has approved the refurbishment of 13 Stained Glass Windows in our sanctuary. Today, I got word that the company doing the work will come to remove the first of those windows – the large window featuring the story of Mary and Martha from Luke 10. It’s pretty exciting to get this work underway after so many months of discernment. As I sat thinking about the removal, refurbishment, and reinstallation of this first window, I realized that for several weeks there will be plywood in the space of that large......

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11
Apr 2018
Faith & Doubt

About this time of year after Easter, we traditionally read the story from the gospel of John about Thomas. We like to call him Doubting Thomas. And most often pastors set up Thomas as a man whose doubt made him a persons of weak faith. These pastors say that we need to heed Jesus words and believe even though we do not see because doing so makes us blessed. The essential message is that doubt implies lack of faith. So do not doubt. Instead trust and believe what you may not see.......

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20
Feb 2018
Mark raises questions

I have now finished the first 11 chapters of Mark.  Re-reading the gospel of Mark is leaving me with more questions.   Some points that Mark makes are leaving me confused or wanting to know more.  Some things are standing out to me that I had never paid attention to before.  Here are some of the thoughts and questions I have had over the last few days. Mark’s chronology of events in Jesus’ life are interesting.  Mark seems to jump around. For instance, in Mark 9-10, we go from the Transfiguration to teaching......

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12
Feb 2018
Talitha cum

He took her by the hand and said to her “Talitha cum”, which means “Little girl, get up!” There are so many new things that stood out to me this time I read this story from Mark 5.  The fact is, there are not many accounts of Jesus healing children.  We know Jesus’ love of children and he taught us how important they are in the Kingdom of Heaven.  But, we only get a handful of one of one experiences with children and this is one of them. The image from this......

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06
Feb 2018
Healing Touch

Touching someone’s life is powerful. Prayers, visits, phone calls, cards of encouragement, meals, sitting together, singing together, listening together…these all have tremendous power to bring healing into our lives. This is part of the message I shared on Sunday. And I threw some research and data at you all that showed exactly how powerful touching someone’s life within a community of faith can be. But numbers and research can be a bit overwhelming when it is just spoken. So, I want to share that with you again today in writing. Power of......

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30
Jan 2018
Waiting for Renewal

Do you feel tired? Stretched too thin? Is there a place in your life where you feel as if you are at the end of your rope? Has your strength faltered? Is your perseverance waning? Are you searching for courage? As I think back to my thoughts and feelings in the midst of times in my life when I have answered Yes to all these questions, a couple of things stand out: I prayed a lot; raw, tearful, humble, and passionate (sometimes angry!) prayers for help and strength I had lots of......

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