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Give Me Faith

Give Me Faith

This week we’ve talked about needing to ask for Help . . . for ourselves. When we are weak, when we are afraid, when we seek faith – we ask and call out to God for help to give us faith! For today’s devotion listen to this song . . . Give Me ...
Hypocrisy is…

Hypocrisy is…

Hypocrisy is when we feign high principles. I seek earnestly to TRY to steer away from hypocrisy, so today’s devotion has to focus on the other part of the hospital visit story and how it relates to the prayer, “Please.”   I am asking ...
Hospital Elevators

Hospital Elevators

A few weeks ago I was making a rare hospital visit to have prayer with a dear friend undergoing brain surgery. My emotions were on edge as she has been a vital part of the Smith family for 13 years. She helped raise our children, cared for them ...
The Tutu Impact

The Tutu Impact

Brian McLaren writes about a time when a white South African told him how receiving compassion changed his entire being. “During the apartheid years, this man believed what he was told by white authority figures namely, that those working ...
Refusing Help?

Refusing Help?

When we call out for help (please) we are bound more powerfully to God through our needs and weaknesses, our unfulfilled hopes and dreams, our anxieties and problems than we ever could have been through our joys, successes, and strengths ...
The non-existent cry for “HELP!”

The non-existent cry for “HELP!”

“The acknowledgement of our weakness is the first step in repairing our loss.” –Thomas A Kempis   Once upon a time there was a brilliant young intern who was being pursued by a Fortune 500 company. She did a stellar job during her ...
From the East to West

From the East to West

The beauty of confessing by saying “I’m sorry” is finding peace and mercy in the arms of Christ . . . for today’s devotion listen to this song and allow God to speak to you through the words and music . . .   “I’m not holding on to you, but ...
A Forced “I’m sorry!”

A Forced “I’m sorry!”

One of the funniest things we had to do as parents was mediate between arguments of our children when they did not have the maturity to navigate them on their own.   We tried to always be fair, and typically tried to help them see where ...
The Power of Conscience

The Power of Conscience

How much do you listen to your conscience?   Our conscience is like a moral nerve for the soul. It is a pain receptor that warns us of moral danger . . . by awakening us to the dangers of what we are becoming. When we say “I’m sorry” ...
A Bad Church Vote

A Bad Church Vote

Years ago a church was presented with an opportunity by a local non-profit to use their facility for a daycare.   The daycare would be funded entirely by this non-profit, as it was for low-income families to have affordable childcare so ...
Warts and All

Warts and All

So who are we fooling, really? We can only keep up the charade for so long and the best news is - there is no need to have a charade at all.   Have you ever watched teenagers morph into whatever friend group they are trying to "fit ...
A good fight?

A good fight?

What does a good fight look like?   That is one of the questions I ask a couple to answer before I officiate their marriage. Every couple that I have the honor of officiating at their marriage has to go through "pre-marital ...

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