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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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Where To Find Truth

Tuesday's mid-term election has me pondering a multiplicity of political postulations. These are some of my questions: Is it possible to write about politics without being political? Is there any way we Americans can survive another presidential election cycle? Is there any media/news source that can be trusted? Are there ...

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This Is Not Wishful Thinking

The shadow is so easy to see and so familiar to us. Each week there are news reports about the darkness of man. It seems we think the commandments of God say we SHOULD murder, steal, lie, commit adultery, and covet. Last week's killings in the U.S. bring another reminder that the pendulum ...

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What an Incredible Team

There it was on display for all to see. People of all ages, colors, socioeconomic classes—all gathered together for a night of joy, peace, and the glorious Phoenician fall. It was beautiful. My primary takeaway from last night's Fall Fest, which was also the culmination of our Urban Kinetic initiative, is that the dreams God has ...

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A Place that Triggers Memories

I just got back from Belize where I spent a week with old friends, some new friends, and a super-fun team of guys from Living Streams. Every ten seconds Nick was either leading us in worship or cracking us up with a funny comment about what we were experiencing. ...

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