Graffiti of woman by artist Pyramid Oracle.

No One Will Ever Complain

“No one will ever complain if you stop your sermon five minutes early,” my wife used to tell me. I was at a meeting of pastors recently where a series of people were each given two minutes to talk. Each successive pastor took longer and longer and longer. I slowly

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Graffiti of Chinese boy eating noodles

Losing The Flavor

You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Matthew 5: 13 NLT The elevator door opened and the smell of a Puerto Rican feast greeted me. She’s cooking again! I sighed, breathing in my sweet neighbor’s cooking. The scent of

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Graffiti by artist MTO

Finding Abundance

We have been talking about abundance at church. Abundance can’t just mean outer circumstances. We all know about the misery of some wealthy people, suicides in mansions, overdoses by the outwardly beautiful. Some of the most abundant people I have ever known, always having something to give, have been people

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Artwork by Banksy

I Can Plod

William Carey was a missionary who worked tirelessly as a linguist and established a strong foundation for many Bible translations and educational facilities in India. He is the one who had the motto, “Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God.” But my favorite quote from William Carey

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bird artwork by Gabriel Spector

Getting Things Done

January is a good time to take stock and look ahead. I suppose in some way we all want to have a productive year. We want to be sure to “get things done.” But it is important to stop before we start, and ask ourselves what we want to get

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Graffiti let's adore and endure each other words

Fighting The Right Fight

You can’t see the picture when you are inside the frame. Any coming break from the normal routine gives us a chance to step outside the picture of our lives in some way or other. Yesterday our groups spent some time talking about discipline when Paul told Timothy that Paul

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Artwork by faith47

Well Done Not Well Said

This month we are focusing on the last letter that Paul wrote, according to many scholars–2 Timothy. In it, he gives some hard-nosed instructions to a young man. Among other things, the letter talks about how a person should live. I heard someone say last week, “When I come before

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girl with headphones graffiti

Tuning In

Change is in the air–you can feel the cooler wind coming after the August heat. Time to decide what we value. In Proverbs, the spirit of Wisdom says, “listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding” (2:1-2). What we treasure

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