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For My Pleasure

Gretta: “I told you, I write songs from time to time.” Dan: “Well what do you write them for?” Gretta: “What do you mean what for? For my pleasure.” The film “Begin Again,” from which the above dialogue is taken, … more »

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Rest: Making the Top Ten

 “Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God.”  — Deut. 5:12-14 (NLT) … more »

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Loosening Perfectionism’s Grip 

This past holiday season, I had the joy of performing one of life’s most satisfying but irritating tasks: stringing up Christmas lights.  The frustration begins right off the bat with figuring out how to untangle them.  Then, you need to make … more »

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The With-ness of God

Around 6th grade, my family bubble wrapped and boxed everything we owned of great value and absolute necessity. We were making our way across the Red Sea. The Moses in my mother shared the revelation of the promised land just … more »

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God-Fearers Respond to Economic Injustice Promptly

Fear of God  The starting point for living a moral life begins with fearing God.   Fearing God does not mean having a boogeyman-type fear of God; nor does fearing God mean He is like Little Bunny Foo Foo, a rabbit … more »

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Missio on the Tabernacle: Faithful, Not Successful

The clock will soon strike “lunchtime” on the final work day of the week. I’m racing to complete as much as I can before the natural tides of distraction come and sweep me away, causing me to shift gears to … more »

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Missio on The Tabernacle: The Spiritual Gift of Creating Beauty

For my whole adult life, I have wrestled with having creative talents.  Some artists know with certainty, early on, what they were made to do.  They delight in the joy of creating just as surely as their creative Heavenly Father … more »

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Missio on The Tabernacle: Every Craftsmen

Everybody knows a Bezalel. And most folks want to be a Bezalel. Even if you don’t know what that means, it’s still a fact. Most of us thrive on recognition and affirmation. Or, we at least think we would if … more »

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Missio on Joseph: The Common Good is the Greater Good

  As this week’s passage picks up the story of Joseph in Genesis 41, we come across a young man – a mere 30 years old at this point – who has reached a position of power and prominence in … more »

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Missio on Joseph: From Punk to Pillar

A spoiled little brat tattletales on his brothers, and they hate him for it.  Anyone could have seen that coming in Genesis 37.  Of course, the response of Joseph’s brothers is rather severe: they try to kill him, only belatedly … more »

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