Tag: life


05
Sep 2018
Life Is Better In Groups

Last year about this time, we kicked of a series called Freeway and encouraged everyone to participate in a small group during the series. We had great feedback from folks about small groups. In fact, one of our new small groups kept meeting all year long! Many of you have been asking about joining an ongoing small group. So, here we go! This Sunday, September 9 at 6:00 pm, Pastor Joanie and I are hosting a small group kickoff gathering at Hood. Anyone and everyone is invited. Maybe you already are part......

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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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02
Oct 2017
If Life Were A Car

If you missed Sunday’s Sermon Read or listen to Ownership – You Can’t Blame Your Way To Freedom (Freeway, Week 4) Devotion 1 On Sunday, I asked you to consider the image of getting hurt in a car accident. When we get hurt in an accident, we need help, right? And there’s two kinds of help we can reach out for. We can call the police to determine who is at fault, that is, who is to blame. Or we can call an ambulance because we have been hurt and need to......

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20
Sep 2017
The Speed of Life

Freeway, Week 2 – Awareness – Pulling Back the Curtain of Your Life Devotion 3 Sometimes life seems to pass us by at a break neck speed. And sometimes it feels as if life is creeping along. How fast is your life right now? (Write down or circle your answer) Resting – – – Limping – – – Walking – – – Running – – – Racing – – – Supersonic How long has it been this way? Days? Weeks? Months? Years? Why did you choose your answer? Jot down a few sentences......

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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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13
Sep 2017
Stuck

Freeway: Invitation – A Prodigal’s Party Listen to or read the Message from Sunday to get us started on Freeway – a not so perfect guide to freedom Devotion 2 In what areas of life do you feel kinda stuck? (Get out some paper and start writing!) Stuck in the past? Stuck in pain? Stuck with someone? Stuck with some habit? Stuck with a job? Stuck with a feeling? Stuck with being stuck…!? Write any and all of your thoughts about these questions down. Look over what you’ve written. What do you......

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11
Jul 2017
A Messy Family

Family can be messy. From those who have become estranged because of some family conflict, to those crazy, eccentric relatives, to siblings who just don’t seem to understand one another, to parents with differing or unrealistic expectations, to you name it…family can be messy. Most of us are uncomfortable with mess. We either want to clean it up, fix it, and mend what is broken. Or we want to steer clear of the mess altogether. After all, if it is out of sight, then it is out of mind, right? The truth......

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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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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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16
Feb 2017
Live and Learn

Live and learn. So goes the saying which suggests that life and learning are connected. We might also say, to live is to learn. In practice, people today often act as if they have little to learn.  Or, at the least, many people are only willing to learn about things they agree with. If an idea does not fit into a their preconceived notions of right and wrong, then they will refute and dismiss that idea. And this happens in practically every venue of life from faith to politics, from business to recreation, from morality to –......

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