It’s complicated. And powerful.

It’s complicated. And powerful. Think for a minute about all the ways in which we use the word spirit. I’m going to talk about the Holy Spirit in a minute, but the same language might apply to its other uses. When someone is spirited, in high spirits or full of...

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Yours, mine and everyone’s!

When you read a book or a story and there’s someone who says something, do you find yourself imagining how they would say it? In your head do you imagine what they might sound like or at least the inflection or tone of their voice? Maybe even imagine an expression...

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Making the Connections

Someone asked me about prayer this week. Have you ever had one of those moments when you think you have everything sorted, planned and ready to go and then someone says something to you and suddenly that’s all you can think about? That’s what happened. And that’s good. Every year,...

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Reflecting on Earth Day

I do love Psalm 23. I know I’ve said that before. Looking back, I see that I’ve written about Psalm 23 a few times and talked about it even more. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” It’s got to be one of the most universally well known...

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Children of God

I believe we are all children of God. However we know God or don’t, however we know Jesus or don’t, whatever denomination or religion we belong to or don’t, whatever language or symbols we use, culture we live in or society we participate in or don’t, we are all children...

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Live What We Believe

I have a question. It’ll take me a minute to get there, so please bear with me. Back on that sabbath day, the day after Jesus had been executed, the disciples must have felt lonely and afraid.  Jesus was dead, it seemed, and not only were they afraid of the...

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“the holy or the broken hallelujah”

Death is a part of life. It’s all too easy to fear that death is the end of life and it is, certainly, in the end of a physical existence.  But I think those who experience grief at the loss of someone they love know that it’s not the end...

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Was it like this, maybe?

Jesus is kind of a big deal. Maybe not to everyone, but still, I think we’d be surprised at how many people think Jesus is a big deal.  I think we’d also be surprised at the many different ways in which people think Jesus is a big deal. Including the...

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Face to Face with Jesus

“Sir, we wish to see Jesus” (John 12:21). Me too. In John’s gospel, Jesus has become so popular that everyone wants to see him. Even some Greeks who happen to be in town for a festival want to see him.  They’ve heard the stories, now they want to see the...

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Ball’s in your court

John 3:16 You might know John 3:16. It’s one of the best known verses in the Christian Bible. If you went to Sunday School, you might have memorized it. Some people feel that it encapsulates, in one verse, the meaning of the gospel. I’m not so sure of that, but it’s...

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