Reality Check: do I still trust God when life is tough?

All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,“God opposes the proud    but shows favor to the humble.”Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. - 1 Peter 5:5-7 Generally - and I say this as much …

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Break the bread… not one another…

You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. So then, putting away falsehood, let …

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fear, terrorism, and security #Brussels

"My dear brothers and sisters, don’t be fooled about this. Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights. But God never changes like the shadows from those lights. He is always the same. God decided to give us life through the true message he sent …

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love wins; bigotry destroys us

The wolf shall live with the lamb,     the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together,     and a little child shall lead them. - Isaiah 11:6 Rebekah and I are enjoying a serendipitous couple of days with our daughter Naomi, her husband Craig, and our wonderful grandchildren. It's …

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Why We Must Restore Civility in Public Discourse

"Must read" Op-Ed column Here we go. It's late in the day I know, but I'm supposed to be finishing up this new book... and - today at least - I'm not exactly making good progress! Consequently, my Wednesday post is going to be a simple referral. Please read the balance of this article on my (North …

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if you are afraid, try love #syrianrefugees

So I've been thinking about all the refugee conversation that's been rattling all around the news, the "water-cooler," and social media this past week. I've been kind of horrified, to be honest, at the way fear has wormed its way into the consciousness, the opinions, and the decision-making of so many. "Forget the Statue of Liberty," many …

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new stuff, and our fear of God’s initiatives of grace…

This morning I'd like to pick up on a question that emerged during a discussion about my Monday post, "A New Lord's Prayer for Today." A lot of people read the post, and a few even listened to my song (if you didn't listen, I believe it's worth taking another look). At some point in one …

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you don’t start a war in a church – you launch a movement

 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. - John 14:27 Let me offer just one more thought in response to last Wednesday's Charleston shootings; and this may …

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A few thoughts on Islam, Christianity, and the Duke controversy…

"For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' But if you are always …

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