Divorce In The Church Series Divorce for any cause? (Part 3)

Divorce for any cause? (Part 3)

“And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast …

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Adopted Your Heavenly Father Loves You

Your Heavenly Father Loves You

“…so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love…” (Eph 3:17) Paul is writing to the Ephesian church, giving them a little window into how he has been praying for them. The entire prayer is powerful and much could be said about every word and phrase. But …

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Holy Spirit Awakening Mystics In A Material Culture

Awakening Mystics In A Material Culture

Our culture has spent several hundred years removing the mystical from our assumptions about reality. Those who still believe in heaven think of it almost exclusively as a distant place up there where people go when they die. Present earthly reality is assumed to be material and governed by natural cause and effect. Heaven is the …

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Church Moving from an Individualistic Faith to a Communal Faith

Moving from an Individualistic Faith to a Communal Faith

Repentance is primarily a process of changing how I think, adjusting both my assumptions and my mental and emotional processes in surrender to Jesus in order to better align with Jesus. In this season, I’m learning to think communally instead of individualistically. This is a very significant shift. My faith is intrinsically personal and individual. …

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Healthy Relationships Freedom From Blame and Control

Freedom From Blame and Control

I’m not okay and it’s your fault. This is the essence of Blame. It’s a posture of powerlessness in relationships. It’s the essence of a victim mentality in life circumstances. It doesn’t mean that other people can’t or won’t hurt you; they can and will. That’s very real. But blame surrenders power. Blame abandons self-management. …

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Holy Spirit A Fire Worth Catching

A Fire Worth Catching

Fire is both a tool and a danger. Fire can keep us safe and warm, and help us prepare food. Fire can also destroy us. In the Bible, fire represents divine judgment. Punitive? Yes, you can find that in the text, but it seems less of a divine punishment and more of a predictable consequence …

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Leadership Pastoring and Politics

Pastoring and Politics

I don’t know how to be political. And I don’t know how not to be. What a minefield as a spiritual leader! Saying something about political issues is, well, political. Saying nothing about political issues is too. Saying something about political issues will, inevitably, garner thanks and affirmation from those who agree with what I …

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Leadership The Moon and The Wind

The Moon and The Wind

As our earth hurdles through the universe on its elliptical orbit around the sun, spinning on its axis, with the moon dancing around and around, we humans discover that there is a great rhythm and predictability within creation.  Evening moves toward morning and back to evening again. The seasons come one by one in turn. Our …

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