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May 02 2017

Praying for Nate

This morning, we continue in our prayers for one of our Christian brothers. The son of the pastor who baptized me twenty years ago. A man who married a girl from Santa Cruz, whose family and mine intersected about thirty years ago through our churches under the California sun. A man who has broadly and […]

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Mar 20 2017

Dear Curmudgeonly Congregant…

Dear Curmudgeonly Congregant, I saw you cringe, I saw you glare, I saw your chest heave with a sigh. Each time, it coincided with little noises of little people. If I knew how to properly, appropriately address you with the grace and respect I feel you deserve, I would love to share my perspective with […]

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Mar 19 2017

Little Saints in Worship

There have been more than a few times in my life where I have been truly humbled by someone at church asking me how in the world I do it, getting my kids to “sit still and be quiet” for an entire worship service. I usually respond with it’s definitely God’s grace, and we work hard at […]

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Nov 30 2015

First Week of Advent ~ Hope

When do we most need hope? In hopelessness. That is when we feel lack of hope most acutely. It is when we need to have our eyes opened to real hope. “A prison cell in which one waits, hopes,… and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened […]

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Nov 30 2015

Celebrating Life with Hope

We are continuing to celebrate life! Simeon’s lungs filled with oxygen 36 days ago. Yesterday Simeon’s head was covered with water and oil. He has always belonged to Christ, but yesterday he was officially welcomed into the Church by receiving the sacrament of baptism. He is officially a son of the covenant, heir of God’s […]

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Aug 10 2015

When My Heart Aches

Job 30:22 You lift me up on the wind; You make me ride on it,     and You toss me about in the roar of the storm. There are many types of suffering, and I understand that the sovereign Lord allots for each of us what He deigns best for us and greatest for His glory. […]

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Jul 06 2015

Litany for Christian Marriage

Last week after church, we were given a couple of articles to read as we in the Church face new-but-not-so-new battles against the institution of marriage. One of them included this article, where part of it is a litany for marriage which I have prayed a couple times in the last week. For my own […]

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Jul 04 2015

July 4th Meditation

Courtesy of our pastor-friend Toby Sumpter, be exhorted and encouraged on this July 4th. …Here’s the deal: the peace of God was announced by an army of angels that came down and woke up a field full of shepherds at night. The peace of God filled an old man in a temple with a song […]

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May 25 2015

Seventh: Final Thoughts on Serving those with Chronic Needs

SEVENTH: FINAL THOUGHTS ON SERVING THOSE WITH CHRONIC NEEDS … … … … … … … … … … Though you may feel that no one can understand the depth of your despair, our Savior, Jesus Christ, understands. ~D.F.U.~ … … … … … As we come to the final thoughts on this discussion of […]

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May 24 2015

Consider the Suffering: Study the Scriptures

CONSIDER THE SUFFERING: STUDY THE SCRIPTURES … … … … … Talk to me about the truth of religion and I’ll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I’ll listen submissively. But don’t come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don’t understand. ~C.S. […]

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