Archive for October, 2012

Oct
27

Friendship Hunger

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Twenty-nine years of pastoral ministry has robbed me of a lot. Sometimes when I look at “normal” Christians, aka those who are not in ministry, I envy them. My family has moved nine times in relation to ministry and/or ministry training/education. We’ve been a part of seven churches during these years. And while the normal Christianese clichés are true to an extent, like “All my moves have been moves up,” what’s also true is that that much mobility carries inherent costs. And trust me, this is not a “whoa is me” sermon. Ministry has also been the vehicle of some of the most incredible blessings of my life. I am simply reflecting today on one of the challenges inherent in the lives of those in ministry, the challenge of deeply rooted friendships.

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Oct
16

Do You Feel Invisible to God?

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God doesn’t simply like you. He loves you. His love for you is unlimited and inextinguishable. He persistently pursues you with a purposeful, passionate heart.

Were you stirred inside by those words? Or did you feel completely disconnected from their truth? Or perhaps you thought, “Well, yeah, I know that,” and you assented to the words on a mental level but not a heart level?

Is it important that our knowing of God’s love move from simple mental assent into a transformational experiential knowing of His love?

You’ve probably already answered that with a “yes”, but are you aware of the transformational work of God’s love in your life? Can you name where He is changing your heart?

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Oct
05

Eating an Elephant

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I’ve never eaten elephant, not do I ever intend to and I imagine that you haven’t eaten elephant either.  Yet, at times most of us ask that proverbial question, “How do you eat an elephant?” And we know the answer is, “One bite at a time.”

The entire analogy is quite hilarious if you think of it literally. 1. We don’t eat elephants. 2. If we did, we would still never be able to eat the whole thing anyway.

Nonetheless, back to my point, or points, which I haven’t even stated yet.

Life can be overwhelming.  When we only focus on the enormity of the task in front of us, we can get shut down emotionally and find ourselves paralyzed, not actually accomplishing anything because we know that we can’t eat an elephant; it’s just too big.

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