Inspiration


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Jul 2019
Science and Song

Truth. Sometimes it demands the reason and logic of a physics. And sometimes it demands the artistry and aesthetic of a poet. Sometimes truth comes from a mathematician and sometimes it comes from a musician. Sometimes truth is discovered by a method and sometimes its discovered by a mystic. None of these are at odds…even though we often set them at odds. What’s true is that there is something more going on with truth than we realize. There is something more going on than these false dichotomies can describe. That something more......

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11
Mar 2019
Tempo

Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.    Reflect:  What is your tempo? We discover that each of us has a tempo that fits well, that energizes us. What tempo gives you life and energy? What tempo of life feels toxic to you? What is the cost? Reflect and Practice: In worship, we have begun......

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12
Feb 2019
Prayers in Action

An important aspect of climbing any mountain in our life…is prayer!  Communing with God and leaning on God’s guidance can not only get us up the mountain, but can also give us new perspective. I have found prayer a theme in my life lately.  What I mean is that, I have been drawn to prayer in new ways.  The first book that I have begun reading in 2019 is C. S. Lewis’ Reflections & Essays on How to Pray.  I have engaged in a personal prayer journal for the new year.  In small......

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31
Oct 2018
All Saints' Day

This Sunday in worship, we will ask two questions: What does gratitude mean? Who are the saints in your life for whom you are grateful? Jason will spend a few moments looking at what Biblical meanings and understandings of gratitude.  We will reflect on the truth behind the word gratitude. Secondly, on Sunday we will remember All Saints’ Day.  All Saints’ Day is a celebration in the Church’s life that honors and remembers those people that been a part of our lives and influenced us in our life with Christ, but have now......

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24
Oct 2018

On Sunday, I encouraged everyone to read Ecclesiates 7. It has some great advice. Want to know if the way you smell will affect your reputation? A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume. And the day you die is better than the day you are born. (v.1, NLT) Should you go to the wedding or the funeral? Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties. After all, everyone dies—so the living should take this to heart. (v.2, NLT) When you hear that bad joke and you want to......

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21
Aug 2018
A Prayer for Light

This morning, I will be leading prayer for the region (North Carolina Disciples of Christ) via conference call.  I wanted to offer this prayer to each of you as well…I pray for our church and community that we may continue to seek God’s light in the darkness. In the style of Lection divina (or Divine Reading), this morning I invite you to pray the scriptures along with me.  In addition, if you have a candle nearby, take a moment and light it and place it next to you.  Allow this candle to......

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20
Aug 2018
In All Things Love

One of my favorite slogans adopted by Disciples of Christ is this: In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity* * Charity is sometimes replaced with the word Love: In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things love. This saying dates back to at least the 1600s in Germany among Lutheran and Reformed Christians. Leaders of the Stone-Campbell Movement used this as a slogan in the mid-1800s to describe their convictions, and it has since become a mark of identity for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Of course even......

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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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