Inspiration


18
Jun 2018
Distracted?

Distractions. They are a daily part of life. Sometimes I get frustrated by distractions. Other times I am so tired of the daily routine that I crave a good distraction. How about you? Distractions can be harmful or useful.They are harmful when… a lifeguard at a pool filled with children gets distracted, a truck driver gets distracted on the interstate, a parent with small children at the mall gets distracted. They can be useful when used by… A ski instructor to coax a student down a mountain, a mother trying to pull a splinter from......

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13
Jun 2018
Fatherly Advice

Father’s Day is just a few days away. And this year it’s a tough one for me for several reasons. First, I lost my father just a few months ago. Second, my dad’s birthday is always close to Father’s Day. In fact, it’s today – June 14. I am remembering my dad a lot this week. My anniversary was just two days ago. Joanie and I flipped through our wedding pictures. I paused each time I saw my dad. I remembered how handsome he was. I cherished his smile. I wished to......

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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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29
May 2018
Dirt, Spirit, and Being Human

You and I are dirt creatures. Scripture describes us as dirt sculptures made alive by the spirit of God. The Lord God formed the human from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the human became a living being. (Genesis 2:7) It’s not all that different from frosty the snowman. You know, you build a human form from snow, you give it facial features, and then something magical animates good old frosty! In the snowman’s case, it was an old silk hat. In our......

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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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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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02
Jan 2018
A Spiritual Shower

Joanie and I recently purchased my grandmothers home in Angier and this past week we started renovations. We’ve begun pulling out all the old cabinets in preparations to completely remodel the kitchen, dining and living rooms. Everything in the kitchen dates back to the 1960s when my grandmother and grandfather built the house. So, needless to say, there was some good old 1960s dust behind the old stove and underneath the old cabinets. While it wasn’t the dirtiest job I’ve ever done, it most definitely left me with a dusty, sticky, 1960s......

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11
Dec 2017
Belonging to Love, Joy, Peace & Hope

Yesterday during worship, I asked our church family to consider how Christmas is about belonging. Immanuel – God With Us – is a message of belonging. As I said in a blog article last week, Immanuel is a phrase that connects God and us through the little word with (im in Hebrew). To summarize, the Hebrew word im can mean: Being by or beside someone (approaching) Dwelling in a place or with someone (inhabiting), or Being together with someone (belonging). This third meaning is all about belonging. And when we look at Immanuel......

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04
Dec 2017
God With Us

Immanuel. A simple Hebrew phrase we say and sing during the Advent and Christmas seasons to remind us of the real reason for the season. Immanuel (sometimes written Emmanuel) literally means “with us is God,” or, more simply, “God with us.” The meaning of Jesus birth is essentially immanuel. That is, the baby Jesus is literally God coming in human form to be with us. Immanuel first appears in Isaiah 7: Isaiah said, “Listen, house of David! Isn’t it enough for you to be tiresome for people that you are also tiresome......

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14
Sep 2017
This Is Your Life

Freeway: Invitation – A Prodigal’s Party If you missed Sunday at Hood MCC,  listen to or read the message that started the Freeway journey. Devotion 3 Remember that old TV show This is Your Life. Maybe not. But what if your life was a TV show. What would the show be called? Does a TV show you are familiar with describe your life? If so, which one? If not, make one up and give it a name. What would it be called? What genre of TV show would it be…comedy, drama, sci-fi,......

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