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Miracles

Posted by on May 17, 2015 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Miracles

Today was a banner day of worship and community exemplifying how God is moving in and among His people. It was also a glorious reminder of Jesus’ promise in John 14 that “we would do even greater things.” One of our staff people shared an update about his grand-nephew who we had been praying for since before he was born. The in utero prognosis was not good for this little one to live beyond his first birthday. However, we joined together with hundreds of others and after much prayer, a transplant, and two surgeries, the...

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Finding Your Life

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, United Methodist | 0 comments

Finding Your Life

I was blessed today to be with a group of pastors who took time to share life. These guys have been together for years pastoring churches and navigating life. It is an easy group to love and I really appreciate their honesty and vulnerability. Because this group is comprised of people who pastor some of the largest churches in America and they all experience dynamics of loneliness and isolation. It’s not that any of us desire loneliness and isolation. It’s just that so few really understand what it’s like. The good news is...

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A Miraculous Opportunity

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues | 0 comments

A Miraculous Opportunity

In a conversation with a new friend, I was elated to hear of his excitement and passion for what he describes as a miraculous opportunity for the American church. You heard me right, he is excited about the potential and possibilities despite the fact that many continue the laborious wail over the western church going the way of Europe in the decline of evangelical Protestantism. Dr. Jehu Hanciles is the Director of World Christianity at Emory’s Candler School of Theology and when he speaks about the possibilities people get excited....

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The Spot

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

The Spot

I am really looking forward to what will be my seventh trip to the Holy Land later this year with a group that is answering God’s call to make the journey of discovery. I love the Old City of Jerusalem and just seeing it makes me yearn for the New Jerusalem. For everyone who has been to the Holy Land,  it is a trip of lifetime. Sure, there are vacation spots that for some might be spectacular, but this trip is about our beginning, our present, our future, and our eternity with God and one another. That’s what makes it once in a...

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The Much Aligned Life

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues | 0 comments

The Much Aligned Life

The life I have always wanted begins with, ends with, and is for God’s glory. Not the misaligned life nor the much maligned life, but the much aligned life. That’s what I’ve set my heart on for I know there is a life that God offers through Christ that is the life I’ve always wanted to live. We give thanks to God for coming to save us through the life, sacrifice, and atonement of Jesus Christ. But how much more impactful is God’s gift if we not only receive Christ by faith, but then submit ourselves to the...

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Where Did Jesus Go?

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues | 0 comments

Where Did Jesus Go?

I began with the traditional Easter greeting, “Hallelujah Christ is Risen”, and the congregation eagerly responded, “Christ is Risen Indeed!” There was a moment after they responded, a pregnant pause that was seized upon by a 4-year-old little boy who had been literally drug up to the front row of that worship service to sit by his mother with the hopes that being in proximity of me and in fear of her would ensure his good behavior. But it didn’t. He blurted out with enthusiasm, “Well, where did He...

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The Cross

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, United Methodist | 0 comments

The Cross

I was reminded of a story this week concerning the early meetings between George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin. Retold now by many, it seems that Putin had been given a cross by his mother that was dear to him. Maybe it was the sentimental value, but somehow I suspect this visible and tangible object representing the story of God and His redemption and resurrection was bigger than even the sentimentality. I wonder what Putin’s mother told him about Jesus and about the story of the cross of Christ? In any event, there was a day where Putin...

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Spiritual Narcolepsy

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues | 0 comments

Spiritual Narcolepsy

I can remember several years ago coming across this term. In the musings of a blogger whose name I cannot remember, this dynamic was described as one who is often spiritually awake, but who in key moments simply falls asleep and is unable to sustain the mission and calling for which he/she is so impassioned. It makes me wonder if this is what happened to Jesus’ disciples in Gethsemane. It had been a long an arduous journey and the disciples appeared to be all in (except Judas). Peter had even declared both their commitment and their...

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Sharing the Landfill Jesus

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues | 0 comments

Sharing the Landfill Jesus

I have just returned from an extensive visit with our precious Filipino brothers and sisters in and around Manila. Millions of people populate that greater metro area and tens of thousands are living in cardboard and placard huts surrounding the areas landfills. It is sobering to see and even more sobering to experience. Everyday they rummage through the ever mounting trash heaps hoping to find enough things of value to barter to find a meal for their families. But miraculously,  even amidst the stench, there is the sweet aroma of the love of...

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Methodism That Works

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues | 1 comment

Methodism That Works

I am encouraged by the opportunity before us to steward and share our faith in Christ as Methodists in these days. John and Charles Wesley were used greatly by God to share the social and evangelical gospel with a culture similar to ours today, ripe with similar challenges in 1700’s England. The Anglican Church had become cold, irrelevant, and ineffective. It was an institutional body that had lost its fire and its connect with the common man. It was populated with an academic community that had migrated from a Christological focus to a...

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