Words of abundance for Black Friday.

The power of Black Friday is perceived shortage. This deal is good for a limited time. Thinking about that reminded me of the way Paul talked about God’s abundance. Here’s how Eugene Peterson captures Paul’s words: So don’t let my present trouble on your behalf get you down. Be proud! My response is to get […]

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Thanks.

Three quick thoughts: 1. “I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus.”‭‭Philemon‬ ‭1:4-5‬ ‭NIV‬‬ 2. A reflection on Thanksgiving Eve. 3. Happy birthday, Joy.

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Getting conversation going

Over the next few days, you may have opportunities for conversations with people you don’t see often. While “what are you thankful for” is a traditional question, I’d like to offer some alternatives. +++ It was a great conversation starter: “If you were a charitable foundation, what kind of problem would you address?” As we […]

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Opportunity

I ask the question often: “Are you part of any congregation?” It happens when I’m standing in a hospital room containing some sort of crisis. It happens when someone has indicated that I could pray. It’s a triage kind of question, wanting to know what style of prayer is most appropriate. But when people say, […]

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Christ the King is a shepherd.

It’s the last Sunday of the church year. The calendar year runs from January 1 to December 31. The church year runs from Advent to Christ the King. A year ago, we started the year with the first Sunday of Advent. The four Sundays of Advent help us prepare for Christ’s second coming by helping […]

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