Unexpected Grace

Are you willing to surprise someone with unexpected grace? Our pastor asked that question yesterday. I hate it when a speaker tosses out a nugget like that—I don’t think I heard much of the rest of his message. Surprised by unexpected grace. That’s precisely what God did for me. I truly believed I’d wasted the […]

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Small Business Saturday

Happy Weekend! I’m told that today is a brand new holiday. This very day has been branded “Small Business Saturday.” SBS is our opportunity to kick off our gift shopping by supporting the small businesses that have struggled through recent economic hard times. I’m not sure we need another “special” day, but supporting small business […]

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Teaching Me

When we are young or immature, right theology makes us feel superior, but when we are older and more mature, a study of theology makes us feel inferior and unworthy, undeserved, and grateful. Don Miller Do you ever think about the life-changing lessons you learned as a kid? I’m not talking about words and facts […]

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Retreat And Reflect

Majestic. The dining room of this old lodge overlooks the entire valley. The cloudless sky is an impossible shade of blue. Across the valley some aspens are just beginning to turn, splashes of gold amidst the deep green pines. Aside from a narrow dirt road and an occasional four-wheeler heading into the national forest, there’s […]

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The God Of “Re”

The title of the talk seemed a bit odd: The God of “RE.” I figured I was about to discover that “re” was a Greek or Hebrew word with deep theological significance. Pastors are good at digging out this sort of stuff. I suspect it reflects a need to justify the value of their seminary training. But […]

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Why Take The Risk?

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; […]

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The Butterfly Circus

Happy Saturday! I encourage you to grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and be inspired by a 20-minute video. I invite you to leave a comment concerning your reaction to the guy in the top hat. “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now […]

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The River (Relentless Grace excerpt #11)

Happy Monday! For the next few Mondays, I’ll post a series of excerpts from RELENTLESS GRACE. You can read previous excerpts here. I hope you enjoy them, and that you’ll encounter God’s invitation to give hope another chance. THE RIVER (Relentless Grace Excerpt #11) Note: This final excerpt includes notes from the journal that formed the […]

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