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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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A Tuesday Choice

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

A Tuesday Choice

What a wonderful and exciting time to be a part of the family of God! Ash Wednesday is upon us and ushers in a marvelous opportunity to reflect as family, and especially as the sons and daughters of God (http://www.upperroom.org/lent101). In fact, a designated Tuesday has been appointed for such, but there is a choice to make, a fork in the road so to speak, in that there are a couple of choices before us as to what kind of experience we want to explore.  For many, today is Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) which presents an opportunity to...

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Love Is In the Air

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Devotions, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Love Is In the Air

There is only one thing my wife appreciates more than hearing me say, “I love you”… and that is showing her that I love her through genuine loving behaviors. Love demands sacrifice.  In fact without sacrifice, that behavior tends to become a wonderful gesture, but not necessarily a loving behavior. Valentine’s Day is coming (selah)…exciting for many, but a bummer for others. It’s really a day where many look for, celebrate, and sometimes hide from – the latest cultural expressions of love. God’s great...

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The Road Home

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

The Road Home

I can remember as a little boy playing with a neighborhood friend as we sailed our plastic boats in the creek that ran through our neighborhood. Oblivious to the time and our wandering journey, darkness set in and so did panic when we realized we didn’t know where we were. God was good to lead us up the hill from the creek side and we found a street we recognized. We were not yet home but we had found the road that we knew we take us home. What a relief it is to find God’s road that takes us home. Home to a real purpose, home to an...

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