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Difficult Seasons

04/09/2019

James 5:7-8 “Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.” During a difficult season I think one of the…

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Enemy #3

04/02/2019

ENEMY #3 “I met the enemy,” Pogo said. “It is I.” It seems I’m two people, both the good and bad “I.” The good I want to do? I slough off guiltily. The bad I shouldn’t do? “Justified,” willfully!   My needs, my “self,” my plan, to these, stiff-necked, I cling. Easily “offended,” my feelings…

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Sharpen your axe!

03/25/2019

I grew up in Oregon.  It is a rainy state, and we often used wood fires to keep the downstairs toasty warm during the winter.  My dad would buy wood by the cord and store it below the upstairs deck.  It was my job to keep the kindling box full.  I would split pine wood…

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5 Enemies

03/05/2019

FIVE ENEMIES   The way of life is tough, experience bears out. It should not surprise us. Headwinds are all about. We face five enemies in day-to-day living. Do we even notice enemies existing?   Enemy Number One, the world that is weakened, Fallen, damaged, broken, no Garden of Eden! Fraught with mad frustrations, insecurity,…

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Gospel Prayer

02/27/2019

I’ve spent the last several weeks in the four gospels with our Life Group going through J. D. Greear’s study “Gospel: Discovering the Power of Christianity.”  The crux of this study has been the reminder that the gospel (the good news) of Christ is not the diving board into the pool of our faith in…

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Dream Big, Act Small

01/02/2019

There is a God-given longing to know that our life matters. That longing spurs us on into the lives of people. However, it often seems that our efforts produce such little fruit, may seem unnoticed, or on occasion, may be misinterpreted as something bad. It’s at that point that we throw our hands in the…

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