Snowballing

Snowballing

Sorry for the delay on the new series of posts I’m working on. The plan for a short, 2-3 post series has turned into 5-6 posts and I’m working to organize my thoughts. That’s life though, isn’t it. We get into something only to find it’s a much greater endeavor than we originally thought. Faith, parenting, relationships, even practical projects, they all can be like […]

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Free to what?

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I […]

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[Not so] Hidden garbage

I was walking around town a while back when I came across this big, old, beautiful church that was flying these big banners out front advertising it’s upcoming anniversary. It was a pretty impressive sight from a distance. However, as I got closer I noticed this big pile of trash just inside the front door. My guess is they are in the middle of remodeling or […]

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A thought to start the week with:

In the book of Acts, when Paul is getting ready to leave Asia Minor and head back to Jerusalem, he gathers the church leaders and here is part of what he says: And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again. Therefore I testify to you this day that I am […]

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Mourning by morning

As the world is mourning the loss of some big stars this past week, my wife and I are mourning a couple more personal losses: This past year Jenny taught a pretty remarkable kid, Vincent. I only hear about the students that my wife really likes, and the ones she really has trouble with, and I heard about this kid, for good reasons, more than […]

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Looking for input

On my long morning drive to work I’ve been using the time to catch up on Adam and Scott’s sermons from Metanoia. But alas, they only preach once a week, and I drive 5 days a week, so I’m looking for suggestions for other free sermons to download. Any ideas?

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Saying goodbye to academia…kind of

When I finished my undergraduate degree I swore I would never go back to school. The plan was to be a youth director for the rest of my life. I never really liked school, I didn’t feel like I was very good at it either. Of course it didn’t help that I really wanted to be a youth director so I put most of my […]

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How do you know when God is calling?

Ministry is a call.  The same, I believe, can be said about any job.  What has God called you to do?  What has he called me to do? The problem I’m facing right now is where to do it.  I’m called to be a counselor.  I’m good at it.  I enjoy it. Best of all, I’m serving others.  Specifically, I’m called to counsel adolescents.  Oddly […]

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When self-confidence just isn't there

This past Tuesday I had a pretty big job interview. It was about a 45 minute drive to get there, and I tried to spend most of the drive in silence and prayer. It was interesting though, because I found that I had a really hard time focusing on God, instead I found my mind wandering to many of the failures and disappointments I have had […]

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Jehovah Shamah: Be Faithful

Knowing how easy it is for the distractions of life to interfere with experiencing the presence of God it is tempting sometimes to retreat completely to focus solely on re-establishing my relationship with God. After all, isn’t the best way to rid one self of distractions to get away from them completely? However, I’ve discovered that the answer isn’t as simple as silencing the busyness. […]

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