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A Growing Communication Problem

A Growing Communication Problem

“Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 1 Sam. 3:10 Last Friday, ESPN’s Seth Wickersham dropped a bomb on the sports world. He wrote an article which suggested the end of the New England Patriots dynasty in football. The end of the Tom Brady era is not all that earth-shattering. He is a 40-year-old quarterback. What was shocking to the world was reading about the in-house…

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Winter Descends Upon My Yard

Winter Descends Upon My Yard

“So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.” Ps. 90:12 Yesterday, I had the church staff over to my house for lunch. I wanted to thank them for the opportunity to work together. We could have gone to a restaurant or remained at the church. But, those kinds of places are too busy. It would be hard to leave work behind. My house is a woodland retreat in a busy world. As we sat in…

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The Best Possible Outcome

The Best Possible Outcome

“But Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking…” Mt. 20:22 My children abandoned the great game of baseball to play soccer. In my mind, it was a disgrace to our family and a national embarrassment. I reminded them of this great tragedy often. Eventually, I decided to suck it up and support my children. I had to try and accept their happiness was not mine to decide.  The way I chose to support their decision was to…

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Adapting to Living Conditions

Adapting to Living Conditions

“Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals and make mere flesh their strength, whose hearts turn away from the Lord.” Jer. 17:5 The Human Planet is an incredible documentary series produced by the BBC. It explores the relationship between the natural world and human life. Specifically, the remarkable way human beings have been able to adapt and live in every type of environment on the face of the earth. No other species has been able to achieve this feat. Long before…

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Listening for Wisdom in Crowds

Listening for Wisdom in Crowds

Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools…(Eccl. 5:1) Yesterday at the family Christmas party, we talked about the wisdom of the elders. Actually, it’s probably better to classify it as stuff the elders said when you worked with them. One wisdom phrase was, “Shut-up and listen, that’s why God gave you two ears and only one mouth.” Great phrase, but how do you know…

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Useless Things Are Useless

Useless Things Are Useless

do not turn aside after useless things that cannot profit or save, for they are useless. 1 Sam. 12:21 Today, Samuel warns the people to not chase after useless things. If you were asked what was a useless thing in your life, what image would come to mind? As a lifelong Cleveland sports fan, my first image of a useless thing would be the 1971 Cleveland Indians. Since they also finished last in attendance, they really did not pose a…

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Something Greater

Something Greater

Something greater than Jonah is here. The New York Post was notorious for eye catching headlines. The headlines were designed to seduce the reader into believing the world was falling apart. It often seemed like the readers rarely read the entire article to see if there was truth in the headlines. For example, one headline read, “Innocent Mother Gunned Down.” The story was about a young mother shot with a child in her arms by violent drug lords. It was…

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The Story of Roses

The Story of Roses

This summer I realized how much I miss the rose bushes at our house in Iowa. Our current home has all kinds of wild life, birds and different types of flowers. But I miss the roses. They became more than a flower to me. They were a story. The first person to share with me this story was a seminary professor, Dr. Ralph Smith. His thoughts were sung by Bette Midler’s in the song, “The Rose.” She sang about the…

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Be Indifferent

Be Indifferent

Yesterday, I realized I had gotten behind on the reading I am supposed to do for an online class. So, I stopped my scheduled work to cram. It turned out to be a wonderful gift to my hope-starved soul. In the book I read, the author invites the reader to explore discernment involving two phases of prayer. The first phase she called, the “prayer of indifference.” It caught me off guard. Indifferent? How can being indifferent be ethical in a…

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