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Worry and Concern

Worry and Concern

A mom and daughter were talking about her upcoming college graduation. The biggest issue at hand was what was going to happen once the graduation was over . . . where was the daughter going to live? What were her next steps going to be? The ...
It’s all about motive

It’s all about motive

It’s all about motive. This week we’ve talked a lot about pleasing people, what that means, and how it changes us if we aren’t careful. If you missed Sunday’s message – click here to check it out. It identified what people pleasing is, how we ...
Consistency of Values and Time

Consistency of Values and Time

"I just don't know what to do. She drains all my energy out of me. Every time I see her number pop up on my cell phone, I send her to voicemail because I just don't have the energy to deal with her at that time." Years ago a lady shared these ...
Who Are You Living For?

Who Are You Living For?

Zach Williams, singer and songwriter of “Chain Breaker” tells the story how he changed from being a young man with 2 basketball full-ride scholarships to Ol’ Miss and Univ. of Mississippi to being a high school drop out, drug addict, who turned ...
One of the Ugliest Arguments Ever

One of the Ugliest Arguments Ever

It’s one of the ugliest arguments I’ve ever been a part of. It’s also the first time I realized that to be successful in ministry and to be a person of integrity, I had to take a stand . . . A firm stand. AND – that stand had to be for what I ...
Are we Chameleons?

Are we Chameleons?

Chameleon-like qualities are great in chameleons, but not so much in people. And if we aren’t careful, being a chameleon has a cyclical effect.   First – let’s learn just a bit about chameleons. Some chameleon species are able to change
Getting Off the Hamster Wheel

Getting Off the Hamster Wheel

It’s time to get out of the hamster wheel. For years, we’ve viewed the crucifixion as some “thing” God MADE Jesus do so that we might have eternal life in God. (This is called the sacrificial theory of atonement). On this Good Friday I’d ...
Not the Smartest Person in the Room

Not the Smartest Person in the Room

Holy Thursday is a time when we get one of the best glimpses of the true nature of Jesus. He shows us who he truly is, and also shows us how to live. Over the past several weeks of devotions we’ve talked a lot about the fact that in order to ...
It Gets Dark

It Gets Dark

“It gets dark. Then it gets very dark. Then Jesus shows up.” Those are the words of Bishop Willimon, theology professor at Duke University. Willimon was sharing how in a final exam question to “explain the gospels” this was one of the most ...
God Shouldn’t Be a Priority

God Shouldn’t Be a Priority

God shouldn't be a priority. In the Board of Ordained Ministry interviews, we were often asked about our self-care. Pastors, just like many other working people, have a tendency to work TOO much. To allow work to consume us, to become our ...
Deal in Reality

Deal in Reality

Deal in reality. Live in reality. When we find ourselves at difficult places in our lives, those are wise words uttered by counselors. Deal and live in reality. Not in what you "perceive" to be reality, because our feelings and emotions play ...
Lies are the safest place to run!

Lies are the safest place to run!

Lies are the safest place to run. "There's a scene in the movie "Something's Gotta Give" that simply and succinctly captures one reality about the truth. After catching the man she loves on a date with another woman, Diane Keaton is chased out ...

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