God’s View of YOU

A recent study of the word “heart” in the Old Testament revealed God’s view of you is more of an interior perspective than an outer one.  When selecting the first king for the twelve tribes of Israel, God tells Samuel, the priest who will discern the right person for the position, how God sees.  The […]

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Examining the Bread

In the book of Joshua, a few ambassadors from the Gibeonites are sent to the Israelites.  These men are sent to trick the Israelites into a peace agreement.  The Gibeonites are a local tribe who have heard of the great devastation the Israelites brought to other tribes.  So, the Gibeonites want the Israelites to believe […]

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A Narrow Gate

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Jesus invites us to come walk through a narrow gate.  His analogy does not work as well in 2020 as it did in when he first invited followers to this new way of living.  Our cities are no longer surrounded with stone walls and gates that locked at night by the security personal.  In Jesus’ […]

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Compassion and Suffering

How do we extend self-compassion to ourselves when we are suffering? When we are failing at some corner of our life? When the creek is rising, and the rain is still coming down?  In those messy moments of your life, and mine, when compassion is called for, how do we extend it to ourselves? I […]

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Seeds Drink

Gardeners know not all seeds will germinate.  Frequently, spiritual teachings, insightful quotes, and even Biblical texts are referred to as “seeds.”  These words are tossed out into hearts and minds with the hope of bringing forth new awareness within the hearer.  Why don’t some seeds germinate?  Well, that seemed like something “Google-able.”  The number one […]

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Black Friday and One Reluctant Candle

Recent photos of shoppers on Black Friday reveal the darker side of human behavior.  Black Friday calls us to get the best value, get the most for the least amount of money, get the hot gift, and get all of this regardless of the cost to your fellow shoppers.  Black Friday has a blackness that […]

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Lean into the Mystery of Prayer

Prayer is perhaps one of the great mysteries of transformation. Answers for how prayer works, does it work, and when does it work fall on the vague side and are less concrete than we prefer. Some would say we pray because it changes us and less so that it changes God. We do know from […]

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Do God

How we live reflects what we know and believe about life and God.  If or when you take apart your life and your responses to it, you will arrive at the foundational belief about who God is in your life.  Taking your life to a spiritual director, and together putting your spiritual life under a […]

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Love Yourself

The invitation today is to consider what happens when you extent love to yourself.   God’s great commandment for the past 5,000 years remains unchanged:  You must love your neighbor in the same way you love yourself. Growing up with this clear instruction was confusing.  My neighbors were tough, and I did not love them at […]

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An Odd partnership: God & Dirt

God uses dirt in some outlandish ways.  Really.  For example, from the very first chapters of the Bible, God uses dirt to creates Adam.  Then, Adam and Eve’s first home is a garden, which depends on good dirt.  This first home is rooted in dirt, thrives in dirt, and even produces food that has fed […]

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