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“These things—the beauty, the memory of our own past—are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for  the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshipers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower (more…)


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After Gustave Dore/The Bridgeman Art Library/Getty Images

After Gustave Dore/The Bridgeman Art Library/Getty Images

Jesus goes from making wine out of water so that a wedding can continue its celebrating, to wreaking havoc at the worship center (temple). 

I have heard many people state their confusion by God’s apparent moodiness.  It seems to some that the God of the Old Testament (OT) was angry, but when Jesus came, God became loving.  (more…)

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Atheist sign erected in Legislative Building in Olympia, Washington

Atheist sign erected in Legislative Building in Olympia, Washington

Last night I heard a Pastor Ken Hutcherson being interviewed on TV (in response to the infamous Washington State atheiest sign).  He said:

 ” I believe in Jesus Christ, and if you don’t, that’s ok, you are going to fry like a Jimmy Dean… Sausage, (pause) on judgement day.”

Though I admire the strength of Pastor Hutcherson’s faith, I wonder if he is releasing his anger or frustration at the wrong party.  Our  battle is not against atheists. As Rick Warren said (in the interview cited below) , “Jesus loves everyone”- atheists included.

Some of the media framed this as an “attack on Christmas”.  This wasn’t an attack on Christmas, on God, on Christians or on Jesus.  (more…)

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Shane spoke with a passion that seemed to come from deep inside.  I found myself drawn into the story.

Him and his friend did a wonderful job presenting a picture of Jesus that today’s youth could really get their “brain around”.

They make a great point that we serve the kingdom of God and not America and that our hope is in the King of Kings and not in any president.  It was inspirational how they communicated that it is the church’s responsibility to care for the less fortunate- and that we shouldn’t rely on the governement for that (though their help is welcomed). 

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I have taken the last four days to enjoy time alone with my beautiful wife to celebrate God’s grace through 17 years of marriage . 

Though, I wasn’t great company on the way there– I slept through much of it.  And, the first night I didn’t exactly give my wife the impression that I was excited about the next 17 years- I fell asleep early.  The truth is, I had been looking forward to this trip for quite a while, I was just exhausted. 

Inately I knew that I needed this “busyness fast” to have the quality time with God I was longing for.  I not only fasted from responsibility but also from technological devices (yep, I even journalized with a pen). 

As my anxiety went down, it was like clouds left my mind.   A deeper level of thinking became so easy; my mind experienced clarity. I felt as if I was more available for connection, not only with my wife, but even with God. 

The following is a result of that time alone with God:

Most people I know, seem to be making their way in this world as if they have a leak in their emotional energy tank (me included). 


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Is adolescent use of “myspace” and “facebook” comparable to “teenage drinking”?  (more…)

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Originally uploaded by HGrill

We were made to enjoy greatness…
Our TVs is not worthy of our pursuit…
We were made to enjoy something greater than all creation.
Does our credit card debt weigh down our self respect more than we think?
Our longings cannot be quenched by something we can buy. 
 The fullness we crave cannot be found amongst all created things. 
Our great longing cannot be quenced by anything created- not even things created by God.  
All our longings can be quenched, but not any created thing.


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