Monthly Archives: April 2014

Dear God, Your Leaders Are In Love With Success

And another thing Heavenly Father – somebody has to talk about this, because it’s one of the church’s dirty little secrets . . . I always get excited when another pastor recognizes and grieves over the same things I’m seeing … Continue reading

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Dear God, Your People Love What’s Permissable Over What’s Good

And another thing Heavenly Father . . . Your servant the Apostle Paul once wrote to Timothy,  the young pastor he’d been mentoring, that “People will be lovers of themselves . . . not lovers of the good . . … Continue reading

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Dear God, I Have To Be Careful

. . . And another thing, Father! Well before I get into any other complaints, I confess before you that I know I have to be careful. I know that a far more faithful servant than I –  your dear … Continue reading

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Dear God, What’s With Your People?

Dear God the Father, I’ve walked with you for many years now, and though we’ve had to work through some tough times and some very difficult questions, I really don’t have a lot of complaints about You, your Son, or … Continue reading

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Resurrection Reversal

One final favorite quote on this most Holy Week. Here is another gem from Yancey’s book “The Jesus I Never Knew” “There are two ways to look at human history, I have concluded. One way is to focus on the … Continue reading

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Victory Over Sin

Here is another favorite Holy Week thought from author Philip Yancey in his book “The Jesus I Never Knew.” “The balance of power shifted more than slightly that day on Calvary because of who it was that absorbed the evil. … Continue reading

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Extinguishing Sin

I don’t know about you, but our celebration of Holy Week is so late in the spring this year that it just feels all weird to me. And yet,  this week we celebrate the profound gift of abundant life won … Continue reading

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Wrong Ideas About Repentance

When you read Psalm 51 you begin to understand the shape of confession (vs. 1-9) but you also begin to understand the shape of repentance (vs. 10-19) – the turning from sin and turning toward healing. Confession is really important … Continue reading

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Help Me Clean Up My Act

In Psalm 51 David teaches us how to respond when we’ve blown it the worst way possible. When he finishes confessing the darkness of his sin, he begins pleading with God to help him. Here’s my version of David’s plea … Continue reading

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Wrong Ideas About Confession

When you read Psalm 51 you realize that many of our beliefs about confession are untrue. Consider three of the most common assumptions about confession: “Confession requires groveling and beating myself up!”  – Not true. The bible teaches us that … Continue reading

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