The Divine Design: God’s Plan for Restoration in a Community Setting

June 22, 2017 | Comments Off on The Divine Design: God’s Plan for Restoration in a Community Setting

  Do you know the difference between a Sunday community and a real community? I had never thought much about this question before reading The Divine Design: God’s Plan for Restoration in the Community Setting. I used to aim for what I thought was real community in my small groups and discipleship, but frankly, real […]

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Happy 40th Birthday to Me!

January 11, 2016 | Comments Off on Happy 40th Birthday to Me!

Forty years ago today I made the most important decision of my life. I stopped fighting and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Little did I know what that decision would mean. I was simply looking for a life preserver, a fire insurance policy. Since my friend, Jadene, had shared Jesus with me […]

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Sins We are OK With

August 20, 2015 | Comments Off on Sins We are OK With

We hear a lot about sin these days. Especially those sins. You know. The sexual ones. It seems that it’s easy to point fingers and wag tongues about them. To create the us and them divisions that unfortunately, Christians are so known for. Now I’m not saying that those sins aren’t wrong. They most definitely […]

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Jesus scandalous? Perhaps. I have to admit that many of the things he said and did have confused me over the years. Sometimes we apply our present day understanding to the gospel accounts and get confused. Sometimes, if we stop and think about it, we border on offense. Most often we shrug and read on. […]

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  I’ve been a fan of Brian Hardin’s Daily Audio Bible since a friend introduced me to it in February. If you haven’t discovered this app, check it out. Listening to consecutive selections from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs is a great way to start the day. So I was excited to […]

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As a small group or church leader, do you ever run across a person with a mixed worldview? A Christian who can’t articulate the fundamentals of their faith? A Christian whose values and beliefs are blended with beliefs of other faiths or worldviews? Or perhaps you are discipling a person who holds onto lies and […]

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Pursue Peace with Doves and Dragons – 1 Peter 3:8-12

February 16, 2012 | Comments Off on Pursue Peace with Doves and Dragons – 1 Peter 3:8-12

  This week in our Sue Edwards’ study on 1 Peter, we’re studying how to remain at peace with our brothers and sisters, as well as those who persecute us. I have to tell you that I’m not great at peacemaking. Sure it’s my intention, but when I’m crossed or offended, pride and self-protection rise […]

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Did you watch the Superbowl last weekend? I’m not much of a football fan, and certainly wasn’t excited about the teams after the local 49ers lost to the Giants in the playoffs. But like so many Americans, I watched the Superbowl for the commercials. Now I know that Superbowl commercials are always a little edgy, […]

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In this fourth lesson of Sue Edwards’ study on 1 Peter, we come to what I consider to be some of the most difficult verses in the Bible. I am, by nature and heritage, a fighter. I feel justice deeply within my soul and spirit. Even as a child, I would get in trouble for […]

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As I always try to do the first week or so of January, I’ve been praying a lot about my year. I’ve evaluated last year, rejoicing in the things that worked and critiquing the things that didn’t. What do I want to repeat in 2012? What do I want to avoid like the plague in […]

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