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Controlling or Self-Controled?

I love routine. I like to know what to expect, like to have time to plan for it and believe that I function best without any surprises. Because I have been a stay at home dad it seems that I have instilled this same thirst for routine into my boys. It is easy to see...

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Moment by Moment

Life is simply, in it’s most reduced form the sum of many moments. Each moment is different and yet each moment is ordered and held in the hands of God. There are moments of weakness and moments of strength; moments of unsurety and moments of clarity; moments of failure and moments of victory and there...

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Comforted or Comfortable?

As a pastor I get invited into some of the most personal and intimate times in people’s lives. Pastors officiate weddings, dedicate children, bless new seasons and opportunities, give eulogies and help with funeral plans and lend an ear, a shoulder, a laugh, a tear or whatever might be called for in any given moment....

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An Opportunity to Give

Is giving an obligation or an opportunity? When we are presented with the needs of others do we consider what we can give without being affected or do we trust God enough to be willing to give even if it creates a new need in our own lives? Yesterday I had an opportunity to present...

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No More Hiding Places

My youngest son, Elijah, has a new favorite game, hide and seek. He loves to play even though he has yet to understand that the point of the game is to not be found. He says, “I’ll hide and you count.” He then tells me where he will be hiding. He runs to the closet...

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A Little Perspective

Perspective is a powerful thing. It is the difference between panic and peace; hope and despair; confidence and fear. At some point in time we have probably all tried to consider whether we were “glass half-empty or half-full” people. I believe that we often think of perspective in terms of what we see, while this...

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Action or Activity

There has been a recent uprising of enemy activity in our community. In the last few weeks we have seen violence increase: a large public fight of teenagers with three being arrested; the beating and carjacking of a delivery driver and more visible gang activity. We have seen an increase in demonic activity and witchcraft...

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From Columbine to Intercession

Written on April 20th. Today is the 10th anniversary of the school shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. This is one of those dates that is both near and far in my mind. On one hand it seems like more than a lifetime ago. A lot happens in ten years doesn’t it? Ten...

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Let’s go down to the river

Each year, here in Burlington, Broad Street United Methodist Church sponsors a sunrise service at the Riverfront Promenade for all of the community churches. Yesterday morning was cold and windy and yet the turnout was great, there were at least eight different churches represented. We really had a wonderful time worshiping together. I was given...

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“My Lord and my God!”

“He is risen!” “He is risen indeed!” We will hear these words many times over the next few days. I truly enjoy this week, moving from Palm Sunday, Jesus’ triumphal entry, through Passover, into Good Friday and then Resurrection Sunday. This week is filled with history, with great lessons, emotions and opportunity. As I have...