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An Intimidating Topic

Oh no! It's time for us to teach on sexuality! Why in the world did we pick sexuality as a topic for our “Other Hours” sermon series? Does anyone reading this want to take my place this Sunday and preach on Sexuality? I know that we are sexual beings. I know that our current cultural moment regarding sexuality is riddled with confusion, embarrassment, exhaustion, ...

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A Backyard Baptism

Last night I was in a nice back yard, on a nice, warm evening, standing with a bunch of nice people by a nice swimming pool. My wife, Brittany Stockton stood up in front of all the people and explained to us that there were thirteen kids in her 3rd through 5th grade youth group that wanted to be baptized. She told us that she has been teaching the kids that Jesus’ life i...

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What is the Mother's Blessing?

In society, we hear a lot about the damning effects of an absentee dad on his children. In Christian circles, we talk about the importance of “the father’s blessing” in his children’s lives. Sociological studies show us that a child without a good, strong father figure in their life will have a decreased self-concept, feel more insecurities, and be ...

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Prayer for Arizona's Governor

Well, sometimes your job requires you go pray for the governor. So this morning, I woke up, reached deep into the back recesses of my closet and grabbed my once-every-couple-of-years suit. I brushed some of the dust off and it looked pretty good. Since today is the National Day of Prayer, and Living Streams has...

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Some Thoughts On Work and Time and Heaven

The Notre Dame cathedral in France has been on everyone’s mind this week. It took lots of money and loads of work hours for almost 200 years to erect a building to point people to God and commemorate the mother of Jesus. Though it was sad to see fire consume and undo a lot of hard work, I ...

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Noticing God's Fingerprints

I was driving near our church today when I saw a coyote running across Central Avenue. A few hours before that, I had been driving down Glendale Avenue when I saw a peacock run across the street. Seriously. A bright, colorful male peacock running across busy Glendale Avenue. Of course,...

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Get Wisdom!

Recently I sat down at Einstein’s Bagel shop with a man named Frank Seekins. Frank is a counselor by trade, but he is learner/teacher in life. I asked to meet with him because, over the years, he has shared bits of relationship knowledge with me, which has produced relationship...

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Go and Get Yours

"Experience is the best teacher, but it doesn’t have to be your own.” That's a true statement, but a dangerous one. I am the youngest of three rowdy boys. I learned a lot from my brothers about what to do and what not to do. Each of their losses were lessons for them and for me. Yet, the lessons I learned from their experiences produced ...

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The Spirit World

In last Sunday’s message, I pointed out that there is a spiritual world that coincides with our physical world. If it weirds you out, don’t worry, it totally weirds me out also. Yet, I have heard many stories that prove what the Bible teaches about the spirit world is true. I was with a guy in our church last week who...

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Word of God Speak

Rain—and hail—and wind—and puddles! Woo hoo! This is a fun day for a Phoenician. Every person I mentioned the weather to today lit up with excitement. Phoenicians are a rare breed. I even heard someone talking about how far we will be able to see after the storm, because the air is going to be so clear. And, like always, every older Phoenician I talk to says,...

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