Monthly Archives: February, 2013

Esther Chapter 8

Chapter 8 may allows us to talk about the role of human government. One could argue that one lesson that can be learned from the book of Esther is that there is no certainty in human governments and that our confidence should rest in God (and Christ) alone. I think that too many in the …

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Facing Temptations

As we move through the season of Lent, it is good to take a hard look at our lives and all the ways we fail to live out our faith. Not to punish ourselves, but to deepen our commitment to the way of Jesus, if we don’t look at our struggles honestly than we cannot …

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Reading Esther

For the past several weeks as part of my Thursday night Bible Study group, I have been studying the Book of Esther. I would like to suggest this book for you. It might be a good read over the 40 days of Lent. It is challenging and full of many things to discuss and reflect …

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A Christian is…

A Christian is not someone who sits in a pew on Sunday claiming to worship Jesus then spending the rest of the week however they want to; a Christian does not point fingers at others, excluding and hating gays, women, those of other or no faith, abortion doctors, liberals, and others who don’t share our …

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Seek Treasures Here and Now

Part of the Lent season is giving up something so that we can embrace and discover the treasures and blessings that God intends for us. Too often, we block them or seek them where they are not to be found. In our lent journey, we seek to come closer to God and take steps to …

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Facing Sin

Lent is usually a time to contemplate temptation and repentance or conversion and transformation. I would like to take this lent season and explore these themes. I would like to dig deep and offer a few notes on what it means to take the Lent season seriously. Lent can and should be transforming time to …

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My Lent Practice

Usually during Lent we give something up that is not healthy or in accord with a God-honoring, Christ-centered life. The things we give up are usually getting in our way with our relationship to God. They are usually blocking us from experiencing the radical grace and the awesome love of God. God desires a relationship …

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A Valentine’s Day Message (2013)

It’s Valentine’s Day! This year it falls after Ash Wednesday, now I don’t want to read too much into this, but with Valentine’s Day as part of the Lent season and leading a study of Song of Songs at church, I am thinking maybe God is saying something. I could be reading way too much …

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God Never Gives Up

God’s blessings pursue those who don’t follow wickedness, when we avoid sin, when cynicism beckon, but we refuse blessings awaits us. It is by refusing to fall prey to sin and everything that comes with that we come near the rightness of God and God’s people. We are blessed the most when we do good …

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On Ash Wednesday (2013)

This only my second Ash Wednesday, I would like to share some of my thoughts about it and my hopes for Lent season this year. This is the second year I post my reflections on the Lent season publicly. As with everything on this blog, it is my thoughts and feelings not the be all …

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