How routines can shape our lives.

I don’t think of Lent as a time to form habits. I think of it as a time to give up. But embracing something new always has in it surrender. And surrender always has offers something new. So what if I approached Lent as a time of testing? Not being tested as much as testing […]

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“I’m listening”

Samuel was a young man, probably in his teens. He’d been living at the tabernacle since he was young, maybe five or six. Eli slept within earshot of the tabernacle. Samuel did as well. It meant that they could protect and pray, that the holiness of God wasn’t left alone. Every night at twilight, a […]

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The imperfect biblical families.

Hannah had a baby. She named him Samuel. I’m not sure how often naming was done by dads and how often by moms. I can think of examples of both in the Bible. In this case, Hannah had asked God for a son, Hannah was going to offer this son to God, and so she […]

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Sometimes you have to hit reset.

You are working on a project and things get complicated. There are revisions and modifications. The documentation doesn’t keep up with the adjustments. Someone becomes the keeper of the knowledge and the explanations. Then everyone gets in a hurry and doesn’t care to hear the explanations any more, they just want to have the knowledge. […]

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