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Today, some of us look at our lives and are overwhelmed with the blessings for which we are grateful. Others struggle with the year and find themselves working to name what they are thankful for on Thanksgiving day.   I am both of these.   Gratitude is a matter of perspective. We live in a…

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As we worshiped together the congregation was asked: What is your favorite Psalm? That’s hard for me. Psalm 23? Psalm 139? Psalms 32 and 51 (they go together)? But as I thought of the various Psalms that have impacted my life, my mind kept coming back to one simple phrase, characteristic of what are known…

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As we approach Election Day, everyone knows this is a very contentious and divisive time—probably the most polarized the US has been in 50 years. It is understandable, then, that so many are asking “How should a disciple of Christ vote?”. In fact, I am more troubled by the fact that more are not asking…

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I have written many posts on other blogs about the fact that we are not intended to get entwined in the world’s affairs. Rather, our mission is to represent the King to those people in the world who are not yet reconciled to Him. As Paul described it, we are Ambassadors. But, since most of…

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With the emphasis on the essentials of spiritual health here at The Essential Faith Project, it is easy to make the mistake that we believe discipleship is a mechanical—even legalistic—process. All you have to do in order to dispel this belief is pay attention to the first of the essentials: Worship—and particularly the emphasis on…

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Isolation. The word means different things in different contexts. In a hospital, it is protection (for the patient and/or others), though those in isolation for any length of time suffer often psychological damage because of it. In a prison, it is punishment, because even hardened criminals need social contact, and the threat of taking it…

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As I read the news today I am reminded of my childhood, watching the original Star Trek. They are, again, in serious danger. The guy in the red shirt begins to panic because of course, he is going to get killed. McCoy yells at Kirk, Kirk frantically searches for a solution, and Spock calmly assesses…

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What we have described as Individual Worship (Romans 12:1-2; Colossians 3:17) happens 24/7/365—or it doesn’t. If it does, it prepares us and deepens our relationship with the King. If it doesn’t, it betrays a split loyalty between the King and the world. The things we say and do tell the world our faith isn’t real—perhaps…

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Disciples—followers—of the King in America have a difficult time in this country. Our problem is not usually the cost of being a follower of Jesus: persecution, isolation, etc.. Our problem is that this world offers so many things we like that we get easily distracted. Jesus said it is like seed planted among thorns that…

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The stress is beginning to show: Marriages are hurting—and more often than not, no one seeks help until a lot of damage is done. Children are suffering from isolation. It isn’t just that they don’t get to “play with their friends”. It is the reality that their development depends on them interacting with other kids…

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