Practicing Religion or Following Jesus?

Jesus went around helping people.  He healed people, cast demons out of people, and even raised the dead a few times.  One would think that this is a good thing.  Yet, the religious leaders of Jesus’ day got mad a few times about Jesus helping others.  Imagine that, people who claim to love and follow

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A Hardened Heart

Hard-hearted.  That’s definitely not a way that you would want someone to describe you.  Ebenezer Scrooge comes to my mind as a hard-hearted person.  Most of us would like to think that we are not hard hearted.  As a Christian pastor I would like to think that my heart is always soft and tender, that

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The Tunnel of Uncertainty

Anytime we go through transition, we go through the “tunnel of uncertainty”.  It is usually during this time that we will be tempted to give up and go back to the familiar.  As human beings, we don’t like uncertainty.  Most of us want to know what’s ahead.  We want to know what we are getting

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Letting Go in a Transition

In my last blog, I began to write about Thriving through Transitions. To transition successfully you must understand what you are transitioning from to what you are transitioning to.  You must understand what is ending.  Every transition involves an ending and a beginning.  Much like a birth, transitions involve contractions or birth pangs. When a

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How to Thrive Through Transition

Life is full of transitions and changes.  The only thing in life that you can count on is that things will change.  Where I live we have four seasons, a time when nature transitions from one period to another.  I believe that God created the earth to move forward in cycles.  We have twenty-four hours

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The Magic of a New Year

January seems so magical.  It feels fresh.  It feels rejuvenating as one looks at a brand new calendar with nothing on it, ready to receive new input, see new adventures and dream new dreams.  If you had a bad year, then January 1st is a way of saying goodbye to the old year and believe

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Overcoming Bad Choices and Their Consequences

Choices are something that we make on a daily basis.  Of course, the objective is to make wise and good choices.  Unfortunately, at times, we make bad choices.  The thing about choices is that they all have consequences. Every choice you make will have a positive or negative effect on your life.  It is true

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Politics At Jesus’ Table

Jesus made room at his table for everyone, including those on opposite ends of thought.  At Jesus’ table, everyone has a place and everyone is equal.  I can imagine that the discussions that went on among his disciples were pretty lively at times, especially between two of them — Matthew, the tax collector and Simon,

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All Lives Do Not Matter

We’ve all seen the Facebook posts and the pictures flooding social media:  Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter.  All Lives Matter started after Black Lives Matter.  It was, in my opinion, a way of saying that black lives do matter but not more so than any other life. The question remains, though,

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Nothing is Wasted With God

All of us have gone through hard times, suffered loss and tragedy, and at times even made some really costly mistakes.  Many times we think that we have hit the end of the road. We wonder how things can be salvaged out of the mess that has been created. What’s really frustrating, to me anyway,

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