Because of Us

It’s Earth Day today, which is a day that we have come to reflect on the state of the planet and especially its health. Our President echoes the voices of the scientific community in saying that “climate change is real.” Naturally (ahem), leaders are divided if global climate change is a real or at least a…

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Heading North

“Without understanding grace, we’ll exhaust ourselves trying to be better…” Tuesday, our Men’s Group (do they need a name?) Skyped with Gary Heim—coauthor of “True North”—the subject was Chapter 6, growing in grace. True North is a resource that wants to help us to reframe our response to frustrations. Why? Because when you experience frustrations;…

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Our Own Worst Critic

Everyday, we hear voices of confusion, condemnation and criticism. And, if we’re honest, they come mostly from ourselves. This past Sunday, we looked at the call to protect ourselves from negative voices in Colossians 2:8-19 “Don’t let anyone take you captive with philosophy…” “Don’t let anyone judge you for (how or when you worship)…” “Don’t…

Back Up & Running

We apologize for our website being down recently but grateful that it is again up, running & virus-free. I’m not exactly certain how our website was hacked but then again, I’m a computer super-user—I don’t understand programming. I am thankful for those among us that do! Our friend, Paulo, who hosts our site had his…

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Waistline

I can tell when ministry is happening… Because I start to gain weight. It’s true though. As I write this I’m currently 5-7lbs over my base weight, which is actually a brick more than my target weight. But this post isn’t about me needing to diet (although…). The extra weight I’m carrying right now is sort…

Protective Father

“And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.” [2 Corinthians 6:18] This week, there was some praise given to former MLB star Curt Shilling’s defense of his daughter’s reputation. He had posted, proudly, of her selection to a college softball team and…

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This World Is Broken

Check out this video of a couple just getting off a bus, but then… WHAM! Suddenly the ground is gone underneath them. Though their reflexes inspire them to grab for the edge, it’s too late—They’re gone. It was about a 10-foot free fall, which is deep, especially when you have no idea that it’s coming. I…

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Covered In Ashes

Once again, Restoration Youth lead our annual Ash Wednesday service. It was actually one of the better attended “special services” we’ve had in a while. Wednesday evening is youth night, so typically if a special event falls on that day, we give it to the youth to lead us. I always love the way that…

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True North (Men’s Live It)

Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). Cranky kids, wounding words, the loss of a job, a broken body, a painful marriage—”trouble” comes in all shapes and sizes. The Bible calls it groaning. While everyone has trouble in life, not everyone has learned how to respond to it well. That is,…

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The Path Less Traveled

There have been 4 significant times in my life when I’ve really enjoyed biking… And this is one of them. I recently picked up a new bike which has been a lot of fun. Normally, I’m a tennis player, but my passion for biking has surged again. The first time was when I was 12. I…

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