Strategic Quitting

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1 “Strategic quitting.” That’s what I heard Mark Batternson say on the latest episode of Carey Nieuwhof’s Leadership podcast. Mark Batterson is the pastor of National Community Church which is just a stone’s throw away from our nation’s capital. Mark […]

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Little Big Things

Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. – Luke 16:10 One morning as I was heading into work up at the church offices, I found my parking brake was stuck on my car. I was immediately […]

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“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.” – James 4:1-2 Anger reveals […]

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True Happiness

Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:33-34 I have been thinking a lot about the […]

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Drop Dead Gossip

“A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.”  – Proverbs 16:28 One of the most strange and challenging stories in the scriptures is the story of Ananias and Sapphire. The Book of Acts tells us that they sold their property and brought the money before the apostles as a gift to […]

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Strange Stories

“You are saying some rather strange things, and we want to know what it’s all about.” – Acts 17:20 I remember when I first started reading that Bible…or rather when I first tried to read the Bible. I had an idea about God and wanted to learn more, so I picked up my Bible and […]

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For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. – Romans 12:4-5 I can be accused of saying every Sunday is my favorite, but I […]

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Like You Mean It

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving […]

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Back to the Future

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. – Galatians 5:6 One of my all-time favorite movie series is Back to the Future. They have all my favorite things: time-travel, a great soundtrack and Michael J. Fox. One of the big character flaws in Michael J. Fox’s character, Marty McFly, is that […]

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The Shore

Stay awake, stand firm in your faith, be brave, be strong. – 1 Corinthians 16:13 (CEB) We are officially Back-to-School. This past Sunday, we took a moment to bless the backpacks of students preparing for their first day back. The excitement and nervousness was palpable in the room as we prayed a blessing over students […]

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