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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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Growing Spiritually

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Growing Spiritually

In the prime of his life, Bob Buford shares of calling on Peter Drucker to help Bob get focused on spiritual growth. Buford remembers that they were making great progress as he was running through his life goals when Drucker abruptly interrupted him. “Bob, you can’t make spiritual goals for others, you can only make them for yourself.” Regularly I receive calls and emails from people who are interested in growing spiritually. It matters not their gender, age, race, or life circumstance. They simply want to connect with God...

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Skills vs Character

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Skills vs Character

Mark Miller is a one of the great contributors of our day to the subject of leadership. His blog is one of the few that I survey regularly. (http://greatleadersserve.com). Rarely am I disappointed in what God has given Mark to share in his Great Leaders Serve platform. Today Mark mentioned the tension of leadership and he spoke of when we lose the balance between the skills of leadership and the character of leadership. I begin thinking of all the fabulous leaders God has blessed me to interact with and work with over the years. Amazing people...

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No Fear

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

No Fear

For me, it is amazing to behold the divine hand of God at work in humanity. We are so very fragile.  In a season where the world is experiencing fear from the Ebola crisis, which now claims almost 5000 victims, it is difficult to stand firm on God’s promises. It would seem our need for God is clearly displayed daily, and at that, many times a day. When God speaks to us in His Word, God assures us and we know by faith that the promises are true and right. The problem for us occurs when we survey the landscape of humanity and all that...

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Contagious

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues | 0 comments

Contagious

If we were playing word association and I were to shout out, “Contagious”, what would be your response? Something tells me that it would most likely not have a positive connotation. And that would be a shame because the power of a contagious love overcomes and that is a positive viral effect. It’s a good and healthy kind of viral spread in a world that fears viral spread. Jesus gave his Disciples and us a very pointed command in John 15:17, This is my command: Love each other. Just seven words. As my friend Regi Stone would...

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Focused and Effective

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues | 0 comments

Focused and Effective

                The past few years, we have seen some amazing fruit in the lives of  many Christians who have called this church home and yet been hamstrung by a lack of focus as they struggled living out God’s mission to be disciples of Jesus making disciples of Jesus effectively. In 2008, we began a journey of discovery with God praying that God would help us sharpen the focus and live in greater effectiveness in this role to God’s glory. God was indeed good to lead us to a place where...

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Vital but Resisted

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Methodism, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Vital but Resisted

It’s a message that literally shakes people up.  It is sobering to own and demanding to respond to authentically. It’s a message that  prompts an interesting and mostly surprising response that we hear over time to what is the most challenging truth before us. Throughout biblical history, people have responded with great resistance and sometimes even violence when confronted with this truth. Prophets in sharing this truth as a call from God were persecuted and even murdered. Jesus shared this truth and met the greatest...

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Consume or Invest?

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in ADD Blog, Christian Life, Current Events, Devotions, Family, Invest, Real Life issues, Uncategorized, United Methodist | 0 comments

Consume or Invest?

  When Jesus called the twelve original Disciples what did He invite them to? Lately I have been mulling over just what all that entailed in terms of commitment and expectation. The textbook answer occurs in the Gospels and is redundant in the offering, “Come and follow me and I will teach you to be fishers of men.” And Jesus did not disappoint. He did precisely that in terms of teaching, training, and equipping these Disciples to be the words, hands, and feet of Christ to a world of hurting and disengaged people who were...

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