Inspiration


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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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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