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It’s OK to Ask Again

This morning as I was dropping my older son Noah off at school I told him to walk behind the van to the sidewalk because of the traffic that was moving in front. He jumped out and then stood there at the van for a second. I was looking the other direction, expecting to see...

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Ten Years Ago . . .

Ten years ago today my life changed. At the time it was the most difficult thing I had ever experienced, it was the death of a dream, the end of a season and a rejection that I took much too personally. Generally I am pretty confident in God’s calling on my life, in His will...

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Another Loss?

I’m sitting in my office today at a bit of a loss. The truth is, today has been a day of much loss, at least that is how it appears. In the last few hours I have gotten news of the loss of an election, friends that have lost jobs due to that election, the...

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Shaking

Jesus told a parable about two builders. One He referred to as foolish because he built his house on sand or with an unstable foundation. Jesus calls the other builder wise because he built his house on the stable foundation of stone. The wisdom or lack of it is not evident during the building of...

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Risk for the Kingdom

For the past three weeks I have been preaching about risk. During this time I have come to a very important conclusion, our level of risk is dependent upon the value that we have put upon the reward. The old saying is that a bird in the hand is worth two in a bush, meaning...

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Mercy Wins

The last sentence of our vision statement at City of Refuge Fellowship reads “Our vision is to take part in the triumph of mercy over judgment and to see the glory of the Lord as it rises upon our city.”   That first line comes from James 2:13, “Mercy triumphs over judgment.” I love these few...

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Not what I expected

Some of our biggest issues in life revolve around expectations and disappointments. Just today I got to see this at work in my house. We have been snowed in twice over the last 6 days, getting somewhere between 3 and 4 feet of snow during that span. Last week we were able to take our...

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Prove it?

How many times have you been asked to “prove” something? We have all experienced it, been doubted, been questioned, maybe even been mocked or ridiculed, baited into proving that we are able to do what we are already sure we can and have accomplished in the past. I think of the old game show, “Name...

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Bold or Brash?

Boldness is something that I have both lacked and prayed for much of my adult life. I am often confident of what needs to be accomplished but fearful when it comes to my involvement in the process. I know that Scripture teaches us clearly that timidity and fear are not aspects of the “Spirit-filled” life...

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Compassion for Haiti

As I have been preparing for a new preaching series I have been studying some of Jesus’ actions. In reading about the healings, the feeding of the 5,000, forgiveness of sins and other actions of Christ there has been one statement that has grabbed my attention over and over again, “moved with compassion.” Matthew 14...