When God Doesn’t Make Sense

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Read John 11:1-6.

“So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.” John 11:6

The Watney House Fire

From the street it looked like a one story house. But because it was built on a hillside, from the back you could see another level below with sliding glass doors opening out to a patio and back yard. This was the house where the Watney kids lived: Melissa, Mark, and Emma. Continue reading

The Consequences Of Ignoring God: God’s Way, Your Way, And Your Crushed Spirit

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(From the archives.)

Guilt, Fear, And A Crushed Spirit

Continuing our series on suffering, today we’ll look at how ignoring God can Continue reading

Things You Should Know About The Author Of This Blog: How I Was Involved In The Origins Of Trash Talking

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I heard something the other day at our Sunday church service that I really identified with. Dave, my pastor, ate lunch alone every day of the fifth grade.

In the fifth grade, for the entire school year, Dave was on the outside–way outside. He said the worst days were when he’d try to sit somewhere in the lunchroom and one of his classmates would tell him to go sit someplace else, because a friend was already sitting there.

How I Was A Part Of The Origins Of Trash Talking

His story resonated with me because of an experience I had when I was about the same age. It triggered a memory from when I was nine years old. When I was nine Continue reading

Religious Bigots

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Against the Flow

The Definition Of A Bigot

I want to begin by saying I struggled with using the word bigot. The first definition that comes up when I Google it is, “a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions.” That’s similar to other definitions I found, including the one from Merriam-Webster and that’s the meaning of the word as it’s used in this blog post. But for many people today the word bigot has become synonymous with the word racist and that’s NOT the meaning of the word as used in this article.

When Rules Trump Jesus’ Love

Today a Christian friend of mine shared about a man I’ll call Tom. My friend cared for this man in a group home because Tom had a serious cognitive disability. Tom’s capacity to enjoy life was severely limited: there was just one, and only one, activity that brought him joy and that was Continue reading

What Happens When You Forget Eternity

“When you forget eternity, you tend to lose sight of what’s important. When you lose sight of what’s truly important, you live for what is temporary, and your heart seeks satisfaction where it cannot be found… Let the values of eternity be the values that shape your living today, and keep telling yourself that the difficulties of today will someday completely pass away.” —Paul Tripp

So we do not Continue reading

The Best Investment

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Thirsty Again

Last post from the gospel of John we talked about how Jesus loved both the Samaritan woman living on the margin, and the Jewish man leading the mainstream. And we talked about how we need to love people in the same way Jesus did: all people, from all walks. Jesus loved them all.

We left off with Jesus asking the woman at the well for a drink of water. And when he does, she asks him why he, a Jewish man, would ask her, a woman of Samaria, for a drink.

And this is how he answers:

“If you knew Continue reading

Things I Heard In Church: “In Those Days There Was No COSTCO, There Was Get In Your BOATCO And Go FISHINGCO”

Things I Heard In Church: “In those days there was no COSTCO, there was get in your BOATCO and go FISHINGCO.”

Matt Bowen speaking on Jesus’ teaching encouraging us to not be anxious.

From Matt Bowen’s teaching, Without Worry, Luke 12:22-34, 1/24/2016, 11 AM.

Luke 12:22-34 Do Not Be Anxious

And he said to his disciples Continue reading

Things I Heard In Church: He is not “the God formerly known as the Prince of Peace”

Speaking of Jesus:

“He is not ‘the God formerly known as the Prince of Peace,’ He is the Prince of Peace… Forever.” –Matt Bowen Continue reading

How To Find The Best Wine Ever

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So there’s this wedding. And it’s time for the reception. And Mary, Jesus’ mother, is there. And Jesus is there with his brand new disciples. And the wedding planner miscalculated, so they ran out of wine.

I don’t know if you’ve ever been at a wedding where you were privy to what was happening behind the scenes but if you have, you know that when the supply of drinks, or food, or any other essential item runs out, the women involved start to–well, their emotional intensity rises significantly. Kathy was involved in serving a meal at our son’s wedding and she was so nervous she Continue reading