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10 May: For Crying Out Loud!

On April 22, 2020 at 5:50pm, an all-familiar sound filled the room I was in as my daughter, Jubilee Grace Hope, used the fully-functional lungs that God had given her to cry out. Her tones resembled those of one who was experiencing some big life changes. She was cold. She was hungry. She was adjusting to the increased intensity of light. And all for the first time.

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05 Jan: Lean on God

It’s that time of the year. We look back to reflect and make an assessment of the year gone by.
Did we come at to top? Did we reach our goals? Did the good things outweigh the bad things? We can’t help ourselves. We are reflective beings, and whether we do it intentionally or subconsciously, we place ourselves at that context of output to measure and grade ourselves and our lives. And then we look forward for the year ahead of us, and set goals, make resolutions. And whether we are able to achieve all those things are secondary in nature. The fact is we are built to hope for things, and thus make plans. It keeps us moving with a sense of purpose and direction.

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08 Sep: Redefining Fear

I think for a number of us, when we talk about the “fear of the Lord”, it generates feelings of apprehension rather than gratitude or love. Perhaps you came from a community where a theology of wrath superseded the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ that the gospel writers pointed to in Scripture. Maybe you feel overwhelmed that the God of the universe is so large that you feel insignificant and worthless or that God will accuse you like some unbending prosecutor. It’s possible you might even feel crippled because you sense as though God will send you to hell for eternity. I want to acknowledge and say that such thoughts are likely of the devil and anxiety like that will actually lead to the end of wisdom in your life.

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27 May: Who Would God Vote For?

We’re about to enter another act in political theater, in yet another election cycle. Sometimes I wonder where God stands on many of our modern day issues. I want to know whose side God is on and I want to be on the same side. In other words, who would God vote for?  Luke reminds us that God often isn’t taking any side politically, but that isn’t to say He is disinterested either.