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Appearances

“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.’” (I Samuel 16:7)  Continuing on our Lenten journey we [...]

March 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Reconciliation

“For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” (Romans 5:10-11)  In my [...]

March 29th, 2017|0 Comments

New Land

“So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him.” (Gen. 12:4a) As we continue to follow Jesus through this season of Lent, we meet one of the first followers of God: Abram.  Abram is often referred to as the “father of the faithful” because of his willingness to leave a [...]

March 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Encouraging Work As Ministry

Are we encouraging laypeople to embrace their work as ministry and vocation?  Recently, Art Lindsley of the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics listed five ways that pastors can help laity understand that their work as meaning and it is the primary way that they serve Christ.  Lindsley says first, lose the “higher calling” language.  [...]

February 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Motiviations For Giving

My friend, Dr. David King of the Lake Institute recently cited the work of Rene Bekkers and Pamala Wiepking.  Those authors did an exhaustive study of the science of generosity.  In their report, they discovered eight primary reasons that people give.  They are: Awareness of Need; Being asked; Benefits (things which you receive in return, [...]

February 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Prepare

“But, as it is written, ‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him’— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.”  (I Cor. 2:9-10)  Echoing Isaiah, Paul speaks some truly beautiful [...]

February 8th, 2017|0 Comments