Category: The Church

Motive and Opportunity: immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have…

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Jesus – “Let the little children come… for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Some people brought children to Jesus so that he would place his hands on them and pray. But the disciples scolded them. “Allow the children to come to me,” Jesus said. “Don’t forbid them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to people like these children.” – Matthew 19:13-14 Sunday morning I woke up, walked Max, poured a…

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a little reality setting in…

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 This “getting ready for Rebekah to retire” business has been a little surreal…

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Preaching “The Top 10” (and why it is really more like 200)

Your word, Lord, is eternal;    it stands firm in the heavens.Your faithfulness continues through all generations;    you established the earth, and it endures.Your laws endure to this day,    for all things serve you. – Psalm 119:89-91 In the churches where we have served, it has always been a bit of a joke to talk about Rebekah’s favorite scriptures. “This one,” she…

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Creation shows up for worship even when we don’t!

Shout joyfully to God, all the earth!     Sing praises to the glory of God’s name!        Make glorious his praise! Say to God:“How awesome are your works!    Because of your great strength,        your enemies cringe before you. All the earth worships you,    sings praises to you,        sings praises to your name!” Psalm 66:1-4 It is another Sunday morning, and sometimes – especially when people…

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