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Good Morning, “Be still, and know that I am God! Ps. 46:10 Not long ago I was driving my truck, listening to the radio when suddenly the radio stopped. When I got to a spot where I could pull over, I made sure it wasn’t on mute. I turned it on and off several...
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Encounters with Grace

Good Morning, He was a zealot. A persecutor of the early church. Relentless in his pursuit of a legalistic life. A radical encounter while walking down a road changed the course of his life. It was an encounter with the grace of God, and it launched the spread of...
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Counter-cultural Presence

Good Morning, “Don’t be so conformed to culture that you fit into it without thinking. Instead, let God transform you by changing the way you think.” Romans 12:2 (Message) In the middle of a conversation with a close friend your phone lets you know that someone...
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Counter-Cultural Community

Good Morning, Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Col. 3:11 Take a moment to look in the mirror this morning. After doing so, think about this. Heaven won’t look like...
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Counter-Cultural Kindness

Good Morning, – – Counter-Cultural Kindness “Make sure you never pay back one wrong with another wrong. Instead, always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.” 1 Thessalonians 5:15 One thing that consistently marks a life focused on...
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To Forgive or Not

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15 “To be or not to be, that is the question.” That of...
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More than Just Surviving

Good Morning, He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. Ps 40:2 This verse has always given me a wonderful picture in my mind. The picture of a person slipping and sliding into a hole and...
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Lessons from a Collect Call

Good Morning, In 1977 I was between my junior and senior year in college. As an economics major, I had the opportunity to spend 10 weeks in Europe studying and then traveling.  It was an experience I was blessed to participate in.  There was a...
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Tree Trimming

Good Morning, A farmer went out to sow his seed… Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Luke 8:5,7 I have an overhead powerline that runs from a main road up about 500’ where it connects to my house. It runs through the woods...
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That was Horrible

Good Morning, “That was one of the worst calls I’ve ever heard”. I’ve been reading a very practical book by Chris Voss entitled, “Never Split the Difference – Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on it”. Voss spent decades as a chief hostage negotiator for the FBI. He...