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A week ago, Sunday, I had the distinct privilege of delivering the morning sermon for Victory Christian Fellowship in Lynden, WA. The passage I was asked to speak on is 1 Peter 1:3-7. One of the concepts explored during this lesson, pulled from verse six, is that “Life is pain.” In this you greatly rejoice,…

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In the 1990s, there was a band, five o’clock people, a fully-acoustic, coffee-house ensemble that popped up in Portland, Oregon. They were unique and, in many ways, quite good. One of their songs titled Lunar describes the difficult pursuit of faith as “a lunar endeavor” wherein we constantly grasp for daylight but end up with fistfuls of…

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This past week, I was engaged in a lively Twitter discussion that revolved around the importance of, effect of, and motivation for obedience – specifically, obedience to the commands of Christ. Obedience is not optional, but neither is it the end in itself. Jesus never said, “Obey me, and here’s the outcome of that,” but…

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Donning a look of deep concern, my counselor fixed his eyes on mine and said, “With everything you have been through over the past two years, I am amazed that you are still sane.” Sometimes life astonishes us with its ability to inflict pain. During a keynote address at the 2019 West Coast Christian Writers…

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“Irregardless.” Ugh! It’s not even a word. And if it were, it would mean the exact opposite of what those who use it intend that it should mean. I love words. I love playing with words, inventing new words, tweaking existing words, and using words in appropriate, albeit unusual ways. I also love music. I…

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My first year in full-time ministry, I worked with a small church in Ruston, Louisiana. I still recall one Sunday morning, walking into the church building and overhearing a lively discussion going on in one of the adult classrooms. With a loud slap of his hand on the table, a frustrated man shouted, “Dammit! I’m…

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Faith is neither static nor instantaneous. It is not something we stumble upon and immediately understand. Neither is faith a one-size-fits-all proposition. In saying this, I am not rejecting the idea of truth and error, but rather acknowledging that faith grows as we grow. The faith that sustains me in my walk as a disciple…

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The beginning of Psalm 46 reads, “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 sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” (Psalm 46:1-3, NIV-1984) That would make for an interesting…

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Before crossing the Jordan River to take the land that God promised to his people, God spoke to Joshua in order to embolden him for the task that lie ahead. Moses had died, and Joshua was now the leader of the sons of Israel. God even goes so far as to say to Joshua: “Just…

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