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Three Simple Rules

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Three Simple Rules

Jesus had the miraculous ability to make the complex simple. Whether it be through parables, miracles, or just loving people Jesus modeled for us the simplicity of faith in a loving Father to simply solve the complex. For every disciple of Jesus, the temptation is in following Him to make the endeavor complex and Levitical. We get caught in up abiding by hundreds of rules rather than relishing the relationship. The genius of John Wesley and his approach to helping people understand their identity in Christ and the simplicity of comprehending...

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What Are You Afraid Of?

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

What Are You Afraid Of?

Plenty. At least that is the typical response of people of all ages who represent the most prosperous and advanced culture to ever inhabit earth. We are in good company as history reveals even some of the greatest leaders of the past struggled with meaningful fears about life, love, and purpose. Bruce Johnson, CEO at JHRanch, shared a couple of weeks ago of the absolute nature of the fears of our young people in America. Bruce shared that there are 3 major fears that bombard the minds of our teens: 1) The fear that I will never find my purpose...

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Overcoming Our Fears

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Overcoming Our Fears

Psalm 34:4, I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. The promises of God are simply amazing! I recently spent a week with my teenage daughter on an adventure of facing our fears in Northern California. High ropes, low ropes, Odyssey, Alpine tower, white water rafting and countless other challenges gave us the opportunity to grow to a new level of trust in God and one another as we faced our fears. The best part of the week was not the adventure, though every challenge was awesome. The best part of the week was...

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You Can Make a Difference

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Christian Life, Current Events, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, United Methodist | 0 comments

You Can Make a Difference

The most commonly asked question of pastors is, “What is God’s will for my life?” The human mind and heart is built for the answer to that question and we will search for that answer until we find it or until we simply give out. “What’s God’s will for my life?” is three too many words according to Henry Blackaby. His theory is that the words “for my life” both dilute and confuse the first three words in that sentence. His instruction is sound. Ask God to disclose His will and then act in...

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Sometimes Change is Good

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Sometimes Change is Good

I’ll never forget the sage words of a mentor nearly 30 years ago. A great man who was blessed to manage a young, fresh out of seminary, all-change-is-good minded pastor said with love, “Sometimes, change is good.” That pastor was me, and I must admit as I look back I was convinced that there was much that needed to be changed about church and society, and I had a pretty darn good idea that my way of change would be best for all. Sometimes, I was right…but sometimes I was dead wrong. In thinking about the collateral...

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Sage Advice

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Sage Advice

Paul’s wise instructions to Timothy become more captivating to me the older I get. Maybe it’s because I am more open in these latter years to wise instruction and realize the shortcomings of my great learning and keen intellect (chuckle). God was so wise to inspire Paul by the Holy Spirit, to give such wise instruction that is not bound by time, history or culture because it speaks to the very nature of humanity and God’s tireless work to restore in us His lost image. There are literally hundreds of examples I could...

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Fear Not

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, United Methodist | 0 comments

Fear Not

Easier said than done, eh? I mean we all have issues before us that strike fear into our minds and hearts. The financial, the marital, thoughts about the future, including what may feel like the end of the runway, are just a natural part of what runs through our mind. The fear of failure has threatened me hundreds of times huffing and puffing at my fragile self, but has yet to defeat me. Thanks be to God! This simple but sobering phrase is recorded no less than sixty-two times in the Old Testament and New Testament KJV. God says it, Jesus...

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Same Self Attraction

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Same Self Attraction

Another interesting week in this surreal world in which we live. Barely visible in the western world of public media are the human rights atrocities that are occurring all over the world and unspeakable human suffering while the top stories clamor of the obsession over our right to be self absorbed. I wonder if more people were in Vanity Fair this week than in the Bible? We really need to stop and think, where is God in our lived priorities? We have heard plenty about the rights of people, in fact the short list in both the legislative...

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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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