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Back to School Blessing

School is just around the corner! As families get back in the groove, kids pick out first day outfits, parents pull the rest of their hair out – it’s a good time to pause a give a blessing. A blessing in its most simplest form is a just your hopes and wishes for someone. If attend our church, you know that we are all agents of blessing – peace building – in the world. And that God has put in…

God without Guns

The shootings this weekend caught me flat footed. I went to bed sadden by the loss of life in El Paso and woke up to what I thought was a typo. Another shooting? Within 24hrs? It felt like the second plane hitting the Twin Towers. If felt like terrorism. What followed was the predictable script. Ample news coverage to boost ratings, sympathetic posts on Facebook, click bait, the misguided attempt to soften the blow by turning it political. My heart…

Counseling and Me

I left counseling feeling good. Like it’s Friday and I have no responsibilities kinda good. As I left, I started to recollect my journey in counseling. How did I become a person who smiles after seeing a counselor? I heard recently that between the time a person FIRST thinks they should see a counselor and when they walk into a counselor’s office in on average 10 years! 10 years of frustration with feelings. 10 years of underperforming relationships. 10 years of…

The Hero Before you

There’s been a lot of talk about something I said on Sunday, that you were created for heroic works. So, I thought I’d elaborate some.  In Ephesians 2:10 Paul writes “we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.” The word “good,” agathos in Greek, is often taught to refer to moral behavior. But this is a small view of the word.  When the Bible speaks of “good” you need to remember the first few times the word is…

Curious Wonder

There’s a story in the Old Testament about a guy out looking for his sheep. He wanders through some nearby ravines and cliffs. There he stumbles upon a strange sight – a flaming shrub. He then “turns aside.” That’s a strange way to talk but the Bible does that sometimes. But the phrase captures something important – he changes his path. He’s curious. You probably know the rest of the story. His name is Moses and goes on to shape…