when “Count your blessings” doesn’t go far enough

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.1 Thessalonians 5:18 I have noticed something about myself that needs attention. This is not unusual for a writer, as self examination is a natural part of the process, but this particular observation is - currently - uniquely challenging. I have been …

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“Wear faithfulness and love as armor…”

All of you are children of light and children of the day. We don’t belong to night or darkness. So then, let’s not sleep like the others, but let’s stay awake and stay sober. People who sleep sleep at night, and people who get drunk get drunk at night. Since we belong to the day, let’s stay sober, …

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Bagpipes, dancing girls, a ladies’ tea, and Frozen

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. - 1 Thessalonians 5:16 Sunday photos: The Ladies' Tea; The Ladies' Tea II; The Kirking of the Tartans; Grandma learns about "Frozen." Coming back from the weekend wedding, Rebekah and I were …

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it’s not a journey if we’re not moving forward…

Faith that takes us somewhere is anything but static. So, as Paul writes in his letter to his friends in Thessaloniki, Yes, we understand that you have learned a lot about how to live and to please God, and you're doing well. However, this is not a codified religion but a forward moving, vibrant, living faith, and that means there is always adaptation and growth

rejoice, pray, give thanks, grow

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 There's a lot going on at our church that is good. We are, after all, the Body of Christ, and new life is (necessarily) a definitive characteristic when our identity is that of …

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