Where does our identity derive from?

Where does our identity derive from? If I were to ask you to describe yourself, what would you say? Would you talk about what you? Your family unit? Your heritage or culture? Your political party identification or belief? A religious identity? What? There are many different identities in our...
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Prayer for August 26, 2020

Prayer for August 26, 2020: Please pray with me.  Incarnate God who walks among us, would we recognize you?  Would we?  Or would we see you and tell you how wrong you are about everything?  Would we tell you why you are wrong to feed hungry people?  Would we argue that they just needed...
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Would Jesus be welcome today?

(Here’s another snippet from the book I’m working on- “The Tired Christian.”  It comes from chapter 3.  Enjoy!) If Jesus were incarnate today, walking around America, proclaiming his message, living the way he called on us to live – would he be welcomed, or would we execute him again?   Jesus’s message...
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Prayer for August 25, 2020

Prayer for August 25, 2020: Please pray with me. God of grace and mercy, O how we need you. How easily we judge others – especially nameless people that we can target. How easily we fall into the trap that we are built up when others are torn down....
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If only…

We all tell stories. We tell stories that show ourselves in a positive light. We tell stories that have enemies that don’t looks so good. It’s a pretty human thing to do. We want to be lifted up and too often we think the only way to do that...
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Prayer for August 24, 2020

Prayer for August 24, 2020: Please pray with me. God who shows up, open our eyes to see you. You show up when it counts. Help us to take you at your word. Give us the courage to follow you when you call us. You give us everything we...
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Jesus on location

(This is the sermon I preached on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020 in response to the Gospel reading – Matthew 16:13-20) Location, Location, Location.  It’s all about the location. I’m sure you have heard this phrase before.  It means that the value of something will fluctuate based on the location.  We see this...
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Prayer for August 20, 2020

Prayer for August 20, 2020: Please pray with me. God of wisdom, open our hearts and our minds to you. Clear our eyes so that we may see you. Open our ears that we may hear you. Soften our hearts that we would desire to follow you and your...
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A man went on a walk

A man went on a walk one day. He left his house and journeyed. We walked down streets he was familiar with. He knew the people who lived in many of the houses. And he didn’t recognize others. As he walked along, he thought to himself. He saw signs...
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