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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...

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Not Unfinished, In Process

My son Noah was part of a saxophone quartet in his school’s Christmas concert two weeks ago. Noah has been playing the saxophone for a little over a year but has taken to it quite quickly. I am very proud of him, he works pretty hard at it but most of all he really enjoys...

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The Greatness of Being Chosen

The last few weeks I have been constantly taken back to the thought of being chosen. We go through many experiences in our lives in which the choice of someone else seems to determine our next steps. As children we wait to be chosen for teams, for awards, for opportunities and for friendships. As we...

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Not just another fish story

When I was in college my Mom and Dad used to come to some of my baseball games. It does not sound like a big deal when you hear it like that, but the whole story is that it was not surprising to arrive at a Saturday morning game in Pennsylvania or Maryland and see...

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Slow or Longsuffering?

We just started a series at church that is focused on the will of God. It pains me that we have made God’s will into something that we are afraid of rather than bask in. God’s beautiful words in Jeremiah, “I know the plans that I have for you” were not intended to strike some...

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Higher Than My Hopes

As the Phillies head into the World Series it seems the entire city of Philadelphia can be heard singing the teams theme song, “We’ve got high hopes!” Have you ever told someone not to get their hopes up? Maybe you were the one being warned, with high hopes comes the opportunity for those hopes to...