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“40 days of Something”

A cool idea came out of bible study last month: Andrea said, ‘Instead of giving up something for lent, how about adding something?’  We’d been musing about why our adult bible study attendance has been declining.  And how we miss being in the Scriptures with...
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Must See Weekend!

“What are you most looking forward to seeing this weekend?”  If we were to randomly poll Americans, what would be the top answers to that question?  My guess is these 3: #1–Super Bowl commercials #2–Friends at a Super Bowl party #3–Super Bowl game...
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“The Most Significant 21 Days”

Which are the most important days of the year?  I believe we’re in them now, January 1-21.  That is, when it comes to making life changes and getting things in order.  Have you wondered why gyms are so crowded lately?  Why the latest diets and calorie-logging apps are hotly...
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DOES GOD WEEP?

The answer is ‘yes.’  The Triune God weeps.  He is capable of  profound grief and sadness.  What makes him weep?  Death and its effects on the people he made.  “When Jesus saw her (Mary) weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was...
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Practice With A Dollar

At St. Johns this weekend, we didn’t ask anyone for money, we gave it away.  That’s right.  Each person received an envelope with a dollar.  We looked at the words, ‘In God we trust.’  What does it mean to trust God with money?  We’re practicing this...
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“UNSEEN FOES”

Never mistake who the enemy is.  That’s an important military axiom.  But also for the Christian.  Have you got a handle on that?  I was reminded recently that no human is my enemy.  The Apostle Paul confirms this:  “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,...
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3 in 1 Worship is Dangerous

Of all the titles in this series, this one triggers curiosity.  Why dangerous?  Comforting maybe; healing, encouraging, but worship being dangerous?  In Isaiah chapter 1, Dangerous is the objective.  Safe is the problem.  Dangerous in worship is good, safe in worship is no...
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“Ordered to Scatter!”

It’s football season.  And football teams huddle.  Did you ever ponder, “What does a huddle look like?”  Closed circle, exclusive, secret; they’re making plans I don’t know about.  But, once the quarterback says, “Ready, break,” what does that look...
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“When It All Comes Together…”

I learned there are currently 234 million mobile device users in the U.S.  Compare that with 161 million social media users.  WOW!  What does that say about our desire to stay connected?   It’s obvious, we like to be in touch, especially if it can be on our own terms.  There’s a...
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Taking Worship Out of ‘File C’

Do you ever think of worship as a file to be pulled out on Sunday morning?  What happens, then, after church?  The file goes back in the drawer under C for church.  It’s a compartment of life, kind of like going to the gym, having lunch, or any other activity...
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