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I Saw God Today

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Real Life issues, United Methodist | 0 comments

I Saw God Today

Yep, I sure did! And it was when I least expected to run smack dab into God. I saw God in the beauty of His creation, a single majestic blooming purple iris. Get the picture if you will…I was rushing through my normal day trying to plan while putting out fires. I was on the move from one building to another crafting what seemed to be a very important email response when a pain hit me in the bottom of my shoe. I stopped. No wait, God helped me stop for just a second. It was a jagged pebble in my shoe. When I bent down to remove my shoe...

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A Glimpse of God

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Christian Life, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, United Methodist | 0 comments

A Glimpse of God

I was thinking as our bus lumbered out of Phnom Penh that the face of poverty and hopelessness looks the same all over the world. We were travelling from the city to a rural area a couple of hours north of the city where several inspiring young missionaries are working for Christ through community health and agricultural programs. The further we went the more desolate became the landscape. We finally arrived at a very small and modest school where we had hoped to finish work on a latrine and sow some seeds of hope into those who were reaching...

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Loving Accountability

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, United Methodist | 0 comments

Loving Accountability

I was struck by a statement that I came across yesterday from Dawson Troutman, “Whenever you find a Christian who is not leading men and women to Jesus Christ then something is wrong.” (Born to Reproduce, Navpress 2008) What struck me was the obvious assumption by the writer that we should be both aware of and at work at the sowing and harvesting of God’s great commission. In addition, his words not intended to be condemnation, but loving accountability were shared in earnest not just for those called to evangelism, but those...

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A Bigger God

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Christian Life, Devotions, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, United Methodist | 0 comments

A Bigger God

“We can never have too big of a conception of God, and the more scientific knowledge (in whatever field) advances, the greater becomes our idea of His vast and complicated wisdom.” – JB Phillips, Your God Is Too Small And yet the miracle of God’s majesty is that God has by God’s own design drawn near to us as a person, Jesus Christ. Christ our Savior, God’s son, enables us to experience the fullness of God in all of His majesty and glory. What a gift! So for everyone out there today who is sweating the...

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A Sticky Faith

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Real Life issues, umc, United Methodist | 1 comment

A Sticky Faith

It never ceases to amaze me that Jesus spent a matter of months with his disciples and that experience now has grown to 2 billion followers. That my friends is a sticky faith! Fast forward to today where the Christian movement in America is painted in a vast array of shades from apathetic to consuming. Faith in Christ has always been at its best in people as a movement rather than as an institution.  Recently I had a chance to read a few articles by George Barna and David Kinnaman while I was flying to a conference. I begin to notice two...

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Healing the Broken

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Real Life issues, umc, United Methodist | 0 comments

Healing the Broken

That’s an incredible image, isn’t it? Ussuri Beach which was once an atrocious dumping ground for discarded glass bottles is now a beautiful restored tourist attraction. How? Well that is an amazing story of God healing the broken. I suspect that the local Russians somehow declare the miraculous healing power of God as they have seen with their own eyes how years of pounding Pacific waves have taken what appears to be millions of bottles and broken them into shards, then polished them into a brilliant array of smooth colored...

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Making Sense of the Myriad

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Real Life issues, umc, United Methodist | 0 comments

Making Sense of the Myriad

The last three weeks have been a fantastic opportunity to engage with thousands of people in our journey to better understand how to live as disciples of Jesus. One thing I have learned for sure is the frustration cycle that occurs with a resolution approach in the new year. One breakthrough that seems common is that the myriad of different compartments that we see as our life, God sees differently. God doesn’t see the myriad, but rather sees His tapestry ready to be woven into one. People have a desire to change, but their desire rarely...

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Divergence

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Christian Life, Current Events, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Divergence

There are some things that become more obvious over time as they move apart and become more pronounced: the move from laundry powder to liquid, the preference for texting over talking, and parks for dogs and people versus just parks for people. Hopefully, you get my drift. Divergence seems like a natural and evolutionary process sometimes and then sometimes is seems more like a dangerous mutation from the norm. I have been watching for over 30 years now a most interesting movement in Christian Theology. The divergence best I can tell occurs as...

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Different

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Real Life issues, umc, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Different

For what its worth, I thought it would be interesting to ponder aloud the possibilities of living differently. After all, 2017 is not 2016 and never will be. For some of us, that is a source of joy and relief and for others that may be a source of grief and despair. The reality is that we have entered a different time and space. The bigger question is, “Will we continue to live the same or will we live differently?” History teaches me that just because I am in a new and different year doesn’t mean that I won’t live the...

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A Future with Hope

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Methodism, Real Life issues, umc, United Methodist | 0 comments

A Future with Hope

A future with hope! Isn’t that the real motivation for our New Year’s resolutions? We make them thinking, somehow, we can make things better in at least one area of our life in the coming year and that gives us hope! God used the Apostle Paul greatly both in his earthly ministry planting churches all across Eurasia and in his divinely-inspired writings. 2 Corinthians 1:7 is one verse that comes to mind that helps us understand the source of hope, And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our...

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