Encouragement


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May 2017
More Than Belief

Belief is a tricky thing. Belief for many is something they stake their lives on. For others belief is an honest and vulnerable journey of discovery traveled throughout a lifetime. Sometime we believe what we say and say what we believe. Other times we say we believe in something, but sure don’t act like it. And sometimes we deny we believe even though our actions say otherwise. For example, I believe in free speech. But there are some forms of speech I do not accept, will not support and I  certainly will......

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01
May 2017
Reading Holy

How many times have you heard the 23rd Psalm?  Really?  Can you even count?  When is the first time you heard the 23rd Psalm?  Did you memorize the 23rd Psalm as a child?  Did you repeat the Psalm at an important time in your life?  Did you hear it at a funeral for someone dear to you?  What images are stirred up when you hear this Psalm? On Easter Sunday, Pastor Jason encouraged us to close our eyes and listen to the scripture of Jesus’ resurrection as if we were hearing it......

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26
Apr 2017
Deep Consciousness of God

What rests deep within your consciousness throughout the day? Worries? Hopes? Fears? Successes? Failures? Your “To Do” list? What if each day were filled with a deep consciousness of God? What would that look and feel like? What would it take for that to happen in your life? Maybe you are already there. But if you are like me, I am always trying to deepen my mind and heart with a sense of God’s presence. One passage I have focused on this week comes from 1 Peter 1:17-23. Here’s a few verses that......

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11
Apr 2017
Dirty Feet

If you enjoy gardening, then it is likely that you have an appreciation for getting a little mud between your toes.  For me, digging in the dirt bare foot connects me to God’s creation in a way that few other things do. And nothing gets as dirty as your feet do.  Hands come close…but there is something about the squishing and squashing of feet that just grinds in the dirt like no other body part. I also appreciate coming inside and getting washed up. It just feels good to get clean after getting muddy......

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04
Apr 2017
Good Gratitude

One of the gifts of being a pastor is the invitation to walk with folks through the difficult times of life. Because of this gift, I get to hear how folks are dealing with tough situations. And I value every thought idea and word shared. They give me amazing insight into how we humans cope with life through both the good and not-so-good. Part of being a pastor who cares about folks journeying through difficult times is checking in on them. So, I often find myself asking a question like, “How are......

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03
Apr 2017
The Strength of Waiting

Today as I was driving, I reached to turn on the radio like I normally do.  I stopped myself and decided that it would be best to sit in the quietness and take note of the presence of the Lord.  Almost immediately I began to sing to myself a familiar praise chorus: Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord, as we wait upon the Lord, as we wait upon the Lord. Then I started thinking about this verse.  Strength will rise as we wait.  Our strength grows when we wait......

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07
Mar 2017
Levavi Oculos

I sat in chapel with stone floors and a high wooden ceiling surrounded by hundreds of other students.  It was opening convocation on my first “official” day of college.  I was nervous, naive, and brave enough to take on the world, all at the same time.  And as I sat on the long wooden pew, we were directed to repeat after the college president:  “Vi”  “Vi”, “Vavi” “Vavi”, “Levavi”  “Levavi”, “los” “los”, “culos”  “culos” , “oculos”  “oculos”, “Levavi oculos” “Levavi oculos”.  After our Latin pronunciation lesson, the president carefully explained how we would learn......

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01
Mar 2017
Sacred Spaces

Are there specific places that are important to you?  Are there places where you faith has been shaped and developed? Is there a place you went as a young child or a camp that is meaningful to you? Is there a place that you like to return to you and revisit your memories of how you were shaped by God when you were younger?  Is there a sacred space in your life where you can find God and come back to your relationship with God?  Is there a quiet spot in your......

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01
Mar 2017
Worship For All

At one moment during worship this past Sunday – when our children were especially excited – Miss Skylar hopped up onto the stage and I motioned to her to come sit with me.  She walked right over and I picked her up and placed her in my lap.  I whispered to her, “Do you see all those people out there who came today to worship God?  Isn’t that wonderful?” Through her smile, she mumbled, “Uh-Huh!” “Do you see your mommy and Gigi out there?” I asked. “Uh-Huh,” she giggled. “I bet you are......

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15
Feb 2017
There Are Always Exceptions

Some folks really like rules.  I am not really one of them.  But there are some folks who see rules as a guide or compass that makes life straightforward and easy enough to manage.  The basic idea is that if you follow the rules, you will be safe and have opportunity for a good life. My trouble with rules is that there are always exceptions.  Its like learning spelling or grammar in school.  You can learn a general rule, but there are always a number of words that simply do not fit with......

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