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Choosing to be known

All of us want to be truly, deeply known by others. There is a satisfaction and a joy that comes from feeling understood, valued, and really known. In his book “The Weight of Glory,” C.S. Lewis talks about this very thing: “…the longing to be acknowledged, to meet with some response, to bridge some chasm that yawns between us and reality, is part of our inconsolable secret.” Our big secret may in …

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Am I in danger of complacency?

Niagara Falls is one of the most spectacular sights in the world. These waterfalls have more water flowing over them than any other around the globe. As water falls over 165 feet to the river below, it is a showing of power, beauty, and unique creation. The natural wonder draws visitors from all corners of the earth each and every year. Many of those people have dreamt of seeing the …

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I want to know Christ

English seems so lazy at times, doesn’t it? One word can have such a range of meaning. Someone may ask, “do you like football?” but in their inflection, you can tell that they have a level of excitement that goes beyond the casual “like” for it. And the other can respond, “yeah, I like it.” with an almost disinterested tone. It’s the same word, but vastly different meanings. The word …

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What would you ask for?

“Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” What would you say if the One who is sovereign over everything told you to ask for anything? What would be the first answer that comes to your mind? What would your answer say about the condition of your heart? King Solomon was invited to answer God in this – to ask Him for whatever he wanted to be given. In 1 Kings 3:4-9 we read of this invitation by …

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Worship Is A Reaction

Do you remember, in grade school, learning about these mythological gods from past civilizations? The ancient Greeks, whose names are familiar to us because we still name stuff after them, had a ton of “gods” – seemingly one for each aspect or domain of life. Poseidon, god of the sea. Hermes, god of travel, trade, and communication. Dionysus, god of wine, parties, and festivals. Demeter, god of grain, agriculture, and the …

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Feeling distant?

The past couple months, I’ve had conversations with a few people who each said they feel like God is really far away, or is just so silent in their lives. The reasons for why varied from person to person – some were saying they felt like that on a particular day. They had come to church and just couldn’t engage – it all felt forced and as if they were just …

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Lessons from falling off a roof

I’m about to tell you a story from the other day – a totally bozo move that I made. And you don’t need to feel compelled to inform me of how stupid, dangerous, or absent-minded it was. I know. You also don’t need to remind me of how thankful I should be that it wasn’t more serious. I know…really, I know. I’m aware of how dumb what I’m about to tell …

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I Will Go Before You

  These last few days, I have been reminded of the comfort and confidence that I have in knowing that God goes before me. “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deut 31:8 ) God tells us that He goes before us. He knows the road ahead and how each step …

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How does your default impact others?

In an earlier post, I was sharing some thoughts about how self-awareness leads to self-control. A lack of self-awareness keeps us from being able to identify issues that need to be changed, and a lot of times, those issues center around what I would call our “defaults.” All of us have defaults – actions and behaviors that we revert to without thinking. Defaults … things we do when we we’re lacking discipline. If …

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Self-Awareness

Self-control is not a very prevalent trait in our society. We see the lack of it in the news we read and, sometimes, in people we know. A psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania actually surveyed over 2 million people, asking them to rank their own strengths. Self-control was among 24 other strengths on the list, and self-control was ranked dead last on average in that survey result. Not only is it obviously …