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Possessions don’t equal life

“Someone in the the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” Jesus replied o him, “Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?” Then he said to the crowd, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist […]

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Simply Receive

Jesus said, “No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” “For God […]

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Life

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human […]

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Still your soul

Lord, my heart is not proud; nor are my eyes haughty. I do not busy myself with great matters, with things too sublime for me. Rather, I have stilled my soul, hushed it like a weaned child. Like a weaned child on its mother’s lap, so is my soul within me. Israel, hope in the […]

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Waiting for the Lord

Out of the depths I call to you, Lord.  Lord, hear my cry! May your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, Lord, mark our sins, Lord, who can stand? But with you is forgiveness and so you are revered. I wait with longing for the Lord, my soul waits for his […]

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Who is your God?

O God, you are my God– for you I long! For you my body yearns; for you my soul thirsts, like a land parched, lifeless, and without water. So I look to you in the sanctuary to see your power and glory. For your love is better than life; my lips offer you worship! I […]

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Seeing Salvation

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to […]

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Making Church Matter

Definitely Never Desired or Required

More thoughts on us and what we’re trying to do.   Here are some thoughts on things (beyond the obvious things) I’m thinking we should probably never do.   Here are ten in no particular order. 1) We will never honor God by compromising the vision he gives us in order to keep people happy. […]

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Opportunities

The Sunday before Thanksgiving feels like the beginning of a sprint to January.  It’s a great time of year but there is so much ahead for us as a Church. As we look to this holiday season and the new year I see so many opportunities for our Church community.  We have a really inspiring Advent […]

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Making Church Matter

Questions for Church-world

Friday evening I was with a bunch of Pastors and other Church leaders.  Saturday I spent the morning at a Church conference, for Pastors and Parish staffs.  These recent back to back experiences got me thinking and reminded me of some things I struggle with when it comes to “Church-world” and “Church people.” Here are […]

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