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sharing

One of the most important lessons in Kindergarten.. learning to share! And is it not one of the hardest life lessons for all of us to learn at any age? It seems to me that one of the first words our children said was “mine!” And our perfect little angels (when they had us all to themselves and could believe …

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the Bible

In our journey with the 40 Acts community we come to a wonderful story of a man in a chariot reading Scripture and wondering about what they meant. In our circles (evangelicals) we have deliberately or subtly assumed custody of the Bible. It is our book, our text, our story. We let others see it but reserve the right to …

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Saul

A very angry and principled young man watched a stoning with a sardonic nod of approval. Radicalized in his ideology he was obsessed with eradicating heretical upstarts who opposed the true faith as well as schooling those who compromised the doctrine and practice by less than full and devoted adherence. He viewed himself as doing God’s work. He was organized …

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Gifted

As our children were growing up and I was involved in pastoral ministry in a few churches over those years it seems we had lots of conversations about “pastors’ kids” and “deacons’ kids” and how that was a recipe for disaster (as our PKs and DKs set out then to prove true!) Our teaching this weekend concerns the very first …

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united

Early Christ followers were said to devote themselves to four activities. The verb means to persistently commit oneself to something. They persisted in the apostles’ teaching, to fellowship, to breaking bread and prayer. Was there a time in our lives when we had a more vibrant version of church? When we were more persistent? Which of the four will need …

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40 Days of Generosity

We have just embarked on the church season known as Lent. In some traditions this is a time to exercise the discipline of abstinence – we give some luxury up for Lent. That is a good practice indeed, but in keeping with the teachings of Jesus who supported the restrictive discipline of the law, the ten commandments (decalogue) in particular, …

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postcards from the future

Do you remember Back to the Future? Marty McFly accidentally travels back in time 30 years to 1955. Imagine that someone from our own future were to return having experienced the future – God’s future. What would she tell us that future is like – the life after life after death? We are left to our own devices in the …

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Blessed are the PeaceMakers

What is the difference between peacekeepers and peacemakers? I’m thinking that the latter requires enormous intention and effort. Keeping peace presupposes that all of that has been accomplished and now simply needs management and maintenance. Peace is a condition, a state that has been reached between at least two parties who, presumably, were not previously at peace. War is, of …

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Blessed are the Pure in Heart

Heart. Isn’t it interesting that the core blood pump of the human body has been so glamorized? On this day after Valentine’s we still have heart shaped treats, cards with stylized hearts on the covers and the most recognizable icon of the heart all around! So why has the heart come to symbolize love? The Bible also is guilty of …

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Blessed are the Hungry

We are familiar now with Jesus’ propensity for shocking or counter-intuitive statements! How could the poor be blessed? How could the meek inherit the earth? And now – how could those who hunger and thirst be satisfied? In the beatitudes Jesus travels into the ordinary human experience and charms it into His Kingdom’s values. We all experience human desire. It …