Worshipping and Praising God

Worship the Lord in holy splendor; tremble before him, all the earth.    (Ps. 96:9) I recently led a workshop on Emotional Intelligence at the sheriff’s academy.  Before starting to present the material, I asked the participants what it was like to be police officers these days. They were very forthcoming about all the strains, …

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Jesus at Our Side

But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; for they all saw him and were terrified.  But immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.'  Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased.(Mark …

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Faith Lost and Then Found Again

Then Job answered the Lord: ‘I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted…. Therefore, I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.’   (Job 42:1-3) His name was Will.  He was a retired clergy person who …

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God’s Purpose for Us

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.  (Rom. 8:28) Why are we here?  What gives meaning to our life?  What gets us out of bed in the morning?  What helps us to sleep at night?  Simply put: What is our purpose? …

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Delighting God’s Heart

No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.’   (Acts 2:16-17) I will …

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Living More Fully With Christ

We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might live no longer be enslaved to sin…. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.   (Rom. 6:6,8) Just after finishing my visit with 35 …

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Jesus Overturning The “Tables”

Then they came to Jerusalem.  And [Jesus] entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves…  (Mk. 1:15) The most unpopular thing I did in 30 years …

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Jesus Asks Us to be Fishermen

As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen.  And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fish for people.’   (Mk. 1:16-17) I’d just become the pastor of a church on the Maine coast. The church …

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Imitating Jesus

“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” (1 Cor. 11:1) Who do we imitate in life? We imitate our parents, siblings, or friends. We imitate certain television stars, movie characters, or athletes. We imitate the attitudes or behaviors we respect or admire in others. Before I went to school I wanted to imitate …

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Blessed to Be a Blessing

I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.   (Gen. 12:2) At nearly every meeting, bible study, or conversation, John would find a way to say, “Blessed to be a blessing.”  Whenever I thought of John, I thought …

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