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God Loves Romance

What? That’s sounds weird. Well, where do you think romance comes from? The Bible, which claims (and proves itself over and over again) to be God’s word, is full of romance. There is even a book of the Bible completely devoted to romance. Like I said in the beginning, God loves romance. Now, for those of you who do not...

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The Union of Our Union

It was nice to see a room full of American leaders all gathered together respecting the office of the presidency and the importance of governmental participation at last Thursday night's State of the Union address. It was nice to see the moments when American leaders from both sides of the aisle could stand ...

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Division

So it’s about 70° outside, a soft cloud cover in the sky, the “people's open” is teeing off in Scottsdale, and the old East is taking on the new West in a Super Bowl on Sunday. Let the division begin. I am a West Coast kid, no doubt. I have lived in Arizona, California, and Oregon. If I spend some time living in Washington I will have the entire ...

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The Power of Forgiveness

Warning: If you are sad, this messagel may make you sadder at first; but keep reading and it will hopefully make you happy and hopeful. Since I am the lead pastor, I always know the plan for the church service. I know the message. I know the timeline of the service. A lot of times...

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Happy New Year

“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.” This is a nice little poetic phrase that brings a smile to our souls. The only problem is some “never been” things are not welcome. For instance, for the first time in my life I have a new year’s mustache, but when my daughter Bella saw it, she cried. And, for the first time, one of ...

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Selah

It’s Christmas time and I want everyone to take a deep breath. Did you take a deep breath? I’m serious. Try it. Take a long deep breath and then think about this: >During Christmas time it seems we spend a lot more mental and emotional energy than the rest of the calendar year. We spend it by going to extra parties and holiday events. We ...

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Looking Forward

If you know me, you know that I like to rethink things. I like to look for the unseen and unforeseen elements in things. I like to try to buck the trends, and almost always adhere to the less-is-more concept. This is true of how I view church, as well. Traditional thinking tells us there are two ways to measure the status of...

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Living Debt-Free

I love rain in the desert. I like the way it looks as it brings cleansing and clarity to all the colors, while surrounding them with a soft, grey hue. I like the way it smells as it brings the soothing fragrance of creosote into our dusty desert air. And I like how it stirs up the giddy in all of us sun-scorched Phoenician folk. ...

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Jesus Came for the Sick

In a book I have been reading lately the author discusses a psychological defense mechanism called dissociation. (I know that sounds boring, but bear with me a moment.) Dissociation is the splitting off of a group of mental processes from the main body of consciousness. The first example is from a story about a missionary who was mauled ...

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Home. Work. Society.

My life right now has three main compartments. I have heard people say it is not good to compartmentalize your life. They say, “Your life should not be like a frozen dinner, it should be more like a pot pie.” But I don’t really know what “they” are talking about. I have my home situation, which is most important. I have my ...

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