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Offering a Contrite Heart

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Stories | 0 comments

Offering a Contrite Heart

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. (Psalm 51:17 ESV) It feels so difficult to say this, but lately I have been feeling very burned out. Emotionally, spiritually, and physically. I know we all go through this, and I think this is one of my seasons. For the past several months, our family has been taking care of my Grandmother in her home, who has moved to hospice status due to her terminal cancer diagnosis. Therefore, we are there to support her while she lives out her final...

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A holy manikin—NOT!

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Stories | 0 comments

A holy manikin—NOT!

Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 NASB) My mama is a great walker. An avid hiker, she couldn’t imagine a day passing without a good striding walk or hike. Now, at 98, she’s one of two walking women in the skilled nursing facility. Using her walker, she strides around and will even run a few steps playfully. Mama passed her love of walking on to me. When I get out from under a ceiling and the world opens up, my body wants to move. My arms and...

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Unity in Diversity

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Stories | 0 comments

Unity in Diversity

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:12 NIV) This past Sunday, I preached on this passage in 1 Corinthians. The audio will be posted here, but in case you missed it, here’s an overview. The first point I made was that each of us is important to the Church—the body of believers. No one is too young, too old, too poor, too sick, too broken—too anything—to be used by God. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles,...

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Never in Darkness

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Stories | 0 comments

Never in Darkness

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12 NIV) I know it’s been more than a week, but I’m still geeking out over and marveling at the solar eclipse from last Monday. It was so beautiful! Where were you when it happened? I was jealous of my family in Corvalis, OR and Nashville, TN, as they were in the path of totality. But I also didn’t want to brave the crowds of people heading to the darkened path. Instead, I got to...

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Your Identity in Christ

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on Your Identity in Christ

Your Identity in Christ

Last week, Keith urged Creeksiders to read the first three chapters of Ephesians. “The best part about these chapters,” he said, “is that there’s nothing to do; it’s all about who you are.” He emphasized that we must first be the people God wants us to be before we can do what God wants us to do. Here’s the cheat sheet for your homework—all you have to do is read it. Bookmark the link, or if you’re reading this in email, mark it unread again when you’re done, so that you can come back to it tomorrow. If you click here, Bible Gateway has a...

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Taking Action in Troubled Times

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on Taking Action in Troubled Times

Taking Action in Troubled Times

Taking Action in Troubled Times God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. (Psalm 46:1-3 NIV) The news out of Charlottesville, VA, this weekend was dire indeed—angry people marching under Nazi flags and shouting demands. Condemning them is necessary, but not enough. What can I do? What can any of us do? It feels overwhelming. The news seems to...

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Sweet Coincidence

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on Sweet Coincidence

Sweet Coincidence

O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it. (Psalm 139:1-3, 6 ESV) Have you ever experienced one of those coincidences that delight you? Like finding the perfect parking place when you really need it? I had one of those happen to me recently. On Wednesday, July 26th, to be exact. Here’s what...

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Try, Fail, Succeed

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on Try, Fail, Succeed

Try, Fail, Succeed

Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God...

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Everlasting Life

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on Everlasting Life

Everlasting Life

This is an article from the archives, which I first wrote ten years ago. “…whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16b KJV) Allow me to share with you a profound sentence. It was innocuously nestled inside Day 8 of an advent devotional called The Christ of Christmas. …now you are born again in a life that will outlast the stars. There, simply stated, as if it were common knowledge, was a truth so powerful that it blew away everything else I was thinking. Now read it one more time. Your life will...

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Take a Break

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Stories | Comments Off on Take a Break

Take a Break

Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. (Mark 6:31 NLT) Seven weeks into Summer quarter, I finally feel like I’m finally catching my breath in this accelerated Master of Science in Nursing program. I’d always heard that nursing school could be tough, but try condensing everything BSNs take three or four years to learn into about 15 months, and then you have my program. I know it’s not...

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