July to Dec 2017

Surrender

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In church recently, we sang the song I Surrender All. It is actually an old hymn, originally published in 1896, and over the years has been sung by many artists and in many different styles. What does it mean to surrender? Not usually thought of as a positive term it’s connected to giving up or […]

July to Dec 2017

Why Do You Help?

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A week ago, I was part of a team that drove to Houston to help with the flood relief efforts. Let me begin with recognizing Cypress United Methodist Church in Cypress, TX (northwest Houston), who showed us incredible hospitality. Their pastors, staff, and the church have committed a tremendous amount of resources in hosting teams, […]

July to Dec 2017

A Home

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The house I grew up in was a parsonage. Which means the church provides a home to their pastor and is where the family lives. Today there are size standards and other requirements. Our house would fit in the garage of most other parsonages today. This house is the cover photo on my book Parsonage […]

July to Dec 2017

Simplifying Grace

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It’s something we can’t earn. It’s available to everyone of us. Regardless of what we’ve done, it’s simply offered.  It’s grace from God. One of the simplest, yet most complex understandings of how God interacts with us, is the concept of grace. Grace is simply the love God has for us that we can’t earn […]

July to Dec 2017

Places Away

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Sitting along a mountain-fed creek, I was listening to the rushing water, the sound of birds, and thought, what a place of peace. Later, I overheard a couple talking about hiking in a nature area and how special it was for them. There are other spots where I’ve felt are places away, a special place […]

July to Dec 2017

Getting Direction

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From the time we are born and, I’m beginning to learn, for many years after we get direction in our life. As a baby, we get carried around and put places where a big person decides we need to be. As we grow, we have big people telling us what to do, where to go, […]

July to Dec 2017

Scuba Lessons

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Years ago I certified as a scuba diver.  I don’t dive as often as I wish. There aren’t a lot of oceans where I live (in South Dakota) and it costs money to get to places where there are oceans. The final stage of becoming a certified diver is an open water dive, which I […]

July to Dec 2017

Wishing Well

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We played co-ed volleyball with three other couples and all our children are boys. So naturally our team was named Boys-R-Us. While our families have transitioned and we don’t all live in the same community, we’ve maintained our friendship. It started very innocently. A friend put a metal wishing well on a rummage sale. As […]

July to Dec 2017

Reset Values

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It’s Eclipse Week and it has been described as a “once in a lifetime” experience for some, especially here in the United States. Certainly, it is an event that comes along rarely and is a day that is marked as a day to remember. I was holding down a button in my car and it […]

July to Dec 2017

Rounding the Corner

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I was in Nashville for meetings and found a walking trail that surrounded a golf course. A very nice, wide trail that also goes through the woods and crosses a meandering creek. It is a neat path with many bikers, runners, and walkers. The first day I started walking and got to a point where […]