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Agape

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Agape

1 Corinthians 13 ends with a strong bent by saying, “And the greatest of these is love (agape).” Agape not in the larger sense of the word, but as intentional acts on unconditional love is what I am thinking. I wonder which synaptic gaps have to fire and how many have to work in concert to think, “I really ought to ________ for ________.” I have been blessed today by the intentional loving acts of others. Blessed = touched and continuing to remember the feeling and gesture BTW.  The cards were beautiful and the edible...

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Our Immigrant Identity

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Our Immigrant Identity

In the midst of all the distractions of a ramped-up presidential political campaign and a global economy that demonstrating a volatile correction downward, I think we are missing something big. Migration and immigration are a phenomenon as consistent as any through the history of humanity, but what is happening in the west is a dynamic worth paying attention to with great diligence. A few months back I mentioned Dr. Jehu Hanciles who is the Chair of Global Christianity at Candler School of Theology.  Dr. Hanciles has made his life work...

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An Inescapable Opportunity?

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, United Methodist | 0 comments

An Inescapable Opportunity?

It was a joy and privilege today to be a part of a new chapter in mission and ministry as the General Board of Global Ministries broke ground on their new worldwide HQ in Atlanta. Their development site is the historic Grace UMC on Ponce de Leon Ave in downtown Atlanta. The dignitaries were many and the spirit was fantastic as we began to dream how we partner to reach the world for Christ as God delivers the world to our doorstep. One of the presenters today used an interesting phrase to describe this opportunity by describing our reality as...

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I Have A Dream

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, United Methodist | 0 comments

I Have A Dream

One of the greatest disciples of Jesus to live and work in my lifetime was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I was six years old when his brilliant life was tragically cut short. His famed, “I Have a Dream” speech is an ever-growing inspiration to me to and many as we continue to labor in an imperfect and unjust world. But lately I have been thinking about another kind of dream. The dream that God had/has for me since God created me in the womb. Over the years I have shared my different dreams with God and asked God to bless my dreams to...

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A Sticky New Beginning

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, United Methodist | 0 comments

A Sticky New Beginning

It didn’t take long for one of my children to announce on January 1 her list of resolutions. Actually, the term resolutions should really be resolution as she only has one this year. I like it! Keep it simple Steve (KISS) has always been the best operating procedure for me and I have long since discovered that simple works best for most people. Jesus kept it simple for Peter. “Do you love me?” Peter was actually offended that Jesus asked three different times as he proclaimed his love for the Messiah he had both confessed and...

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Christmas Inspiration

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 2 comments

Christmas Inspiration

Of all of my favorite Christmas memories, it occurs to me that the primary objects that brings me joy in remembering are people not things. Don’t get me wrong, I have been blessed to receive some great gifts over the years from family and friends, but the real memories that have stuck are around people living out some portion of God’s story at work in mankind. This year a special memory was made at the North Atlanta Christmas Festival with a group of people who are the most inspiring people I have ever met, the Titans. The Titans...

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Not Just any Promise

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

Not Just any Promise

It is one of my favorite passages of Scripture as Gabriel the angel from God declares in Luke 1:36-37, “For with God nothing is impossible.” It reflects the amazing surety of the promises of God; God keeps each and every one!Eugene Peterson points out that first a childless couple conceives and then a virgin conceives. All as a result of a prayer heard by God who responds with a promise, and God’s promises always come with a purpose. God’s Promise of help, hope, and deliverance is clearly predicted in the coming of the...

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Trust Is A Gift

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

Trust Is A Gift

Love gets lots of play in our culture as a phenomena that is often equated with acceptance. But what about trust? “Trust is something that must be earned” is one of many declarations when the conversation turns to what trust is and how it is birthed. By definition, trust as a verb is to believe in the truth and reliability of someone or something. In our day, trust as a verb is birthed out of a relationship or process that is tested by time and deemed to be reliable in producing what we desire. Hmmm. What if someone is worthy to be...

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God’s Love Language

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Christian Life, Devotions, Family, Methodism, United Methodist | 0 comments

God’s Love Language

God’s love language is sacrifice. The expression of God’s love for us in its greatest form comes in the cross of Christ. Christ, beaten, spat upon and nailed to a cross, chose humiliation all to send the clearest message possible: God loves you and me. The price God paid to make that sacrifice speaks to the infinite depth of God’s desire not only to say I love you, but also to say you are so worth it. The atoning blood of Christ which was more than a drop or a pint was the only ransom valuable enough to purchase our...

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Love God Love More People

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

Love God Love More People

That’s right and you heard it here first. Mount Pisgah is in the midst of a great move of God where God is challenging us to the next iteration of love God, love people. It is in effect a call to love God and love even more people! Isn’t that an amazing invitation that God is calling us to? So, it’s quite simply a great time to get on board. It is really a very simple process: ask God to show you where God is moving and then choose to join Him there. Heads up that it will no doubt require some sacrifice. Yes, salvation is the...

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