Why sheep hear His voice

Why did Jesus say that His sheep will hear His voice and follow Him? What is it about being sheep that makes us hear His voice?  I’ve already talked about this here, but I want to bring up another important point that’s significant in Scripture and easier to miss than one might think. I would like to briefly take a look at this to help us hear God’s voice. Continue reading

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Why I’m not political

As I said in several times past, I am not political. I used to be, but I’m not anymore. I personally believe that politics, at least in its current form, is broken and not serving our best interests. And I’m not saying that you shouldn’t be involved in politics. In fact, I’ve seen good things happening at the local level.

What I’m specifically against is the partisan spirit. It’s a divisive and polarizing spirit that Jesus warned us against that runs absolutely contrary to Kingdom values. Continue reading

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Raise a Hallelujah

We’ve started singing “Raise a Hallelujah” by Jonathan and Melissa Helser. I love the message it brings, and I also love the story behind it. Jonathan talks about a small boy named Jaxon. He received a text from Jaxon’s parents saying that unless there’s a miracle, Jaxon’s not making it through the night. Two-year-old Jaxon Taylor was dying from an E.Coli infection. Continue reading

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How NOT to waste your life

I was thinking about this recently as I’ve been taking care of my brother who is now in hospice in the final stages of a losing battle with cancer and liver disease. He has deteriorated to the point to where his life is but a flicker of what it once was, totally helpless and in need of other’s care. This made me think about what makes for a fully-lived life of purpose and meaning. Continue reading

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Going beyond our fishbowl

I’ve been working on writing a new book and thinking a lot about our paradigms lately. Paradigms are funny things. We all have one and they color how we understand everything. How we interpret life…each other…God. It’s the fishbowl we’ve been swimming in. It’s our “normal,” even if there’s nothing normal about them. And, because of our paradigms, we often don’t see the obvious truth right in front of us. Continue reading

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Love song of the ages

We had good friends of ours, Adam and Crissy Humburg, share a message at our service last Sunday that was unique and powerful, to say the least! Crissy did a devotional reading of the entire book of the Song of Songs, read from the Passion Translation, while Adam played his guitar. Too often we think of the word of God as an instruction book, and it is that, but it’s so much more. Continue reading

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Jesus Christ is how we understand ourselves

Last time we saw that Jesus Christ is how we understand God. Now we’re going to see how Jesus reveals who we truly are in Him. This is important because how we see ourselves affects everything we think about and do in this life. John tells us “as Jesus is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17). But do we actually believe this about ourselves? Continue reading

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