belief in the middle of struggle

“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”Mark 9:23-24 I hadn't planned to write about this; but - as it is literally impossible to think about anything else - I guess I have no choice. This blog is, after all, supposed …

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over the river and through the woods: living flat out!

Give this command to those who are rich with the things of this world. Tell them not to be proud. Tell them to hope in God, not their money. Money cannot be trusted, but God takes care of us richly. He gives us everything to enjoy. Tell those who are rich to do good—to be rich …

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the view from the bus

The godly care about the rights of the poor;     the wicked don’t care at all. - Proverbs 29:7 My quick excursion into Florida is complete, so now it's time to catch up on some work. My plan was to deliver our old SUV to Rebekah's brother in Jacksonville ("seeing with new eyes, and missing much …

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why going to church helps me so much

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11) I have to admit, it can be a constant struggle to stay grounded when you're in the process of turning your life upside down! This weekend we've …

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Beatitudes: needing Jesus like the air we breathe

iscussion at my "Men's Room" small group has been extra helpful of late. Wednesday evening was no exception. We continued our conversation about "The Beatitudes" (Matthew 5), and several of the guys shared some profound insights. We are all struggling with the deep paradoxes built into so much of what Jesus said (See "Scripture: Beauty …

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hard times, real faith, and a hope that does not disappoint…

This morning I'm writing from Bradenton, where I'm spending some time with my brother, Geoff. It's not an easy journey at this particular stage, this wrestling with cancer. It's not anything like those Lifetime Television movie specials where everything is even and predictable and full with heartwarming moments. Oh there's a lot of heart involved. And there's …

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Rest in peace; live into promise…

"The evening came; it was the first/last day.." That new baby post (Sunday) was certainly good for a couple of days. Nice, huh? I could probably get by with just pasting in new baby pictures for the rest of the week! But my commitment to this blog - and my readers - has always been …

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Walk in the light

MONDAY MORNINGS, as I've said before, are always positive for me because of the impetus carried forward from Sunday. A great Sunday always seems to set up a good Monday  - and it's always a great Sunday with my faith community at First Presbyterian of Brandon. Then, Sunday evening, I was privileged to spend a …

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