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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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Embracing the Good News

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Embracing the Good News

There is nothing quite like good news. Good news  lifts the spirits, soothes the soul, and often invites us to smile and celebrate. Good news is a blessing to God who beheld His creation and celebrated that it was good! January has been a marvelous month of good news as we continue to be disciples of Jesus Christ making disciples of Jesus in this movement of God called Mount Pisgah. This is an amazing community of faith that is 185 years old and yet growing daily in our witness as salt and light to people near and those globally. We live in...

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Peace

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Peace

We rejoice in this Christmas Season and remember that God has done all that needed to be done in the coming of the Prince of Peace. God has taken on flesh and entered our carnal world in the Christ Child. If Peace is indeed God’s will for us, then why is there so much unrest? Violence, injustice, perversion and even murder blot the landscape of humanity. Every single day comes with a new shocking reality that surpasses our already desensitized expectations. Yet, Jesus came and promised, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to...

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When Life Detonates

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Devotions, Family, Real Life issues | 0 comments

When Life Detonates

We spoke on Sunday with respect and somber remembrance of all those lives lost and effected by the bombing of Pearl Harbor. December 7, 1941 was not very long ago and the feeling of a trust betrayed is still very real. Interesting parallel when we think of Mary’s annunciation and the shock that went through Joseph and his family to learn of the “with child” scenario. As a friend says when these things occur, “you just can’t make this stuff up.” Today I prayed with two people who had a similar kind of...

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Consumption Anxiety

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues | 0 comments

Consumption Anxiety

After a wonderful week of faith, family, food and fellowship, we got majorly interrupted. Black Friday barged in as did Brown Saturday and Zebra Sunday. Cyber Monday attacked, then a kinder and gentler Giving Tuesday hit. Wow! Those first few days were wonderful days, but then we were bombarded with the pressure to consume or be consumed. It was a great Thanksgiving week for the six of us and the Advent season began with a marvelous devotional study together and then worship at our home church. In a time of silent prayer just before Holy...

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