Make Like a Tree: Trunk

This is the second post in a 5-post series entitled, “Make Like a Tree.” Feel free to check out each of the posts! Last week we talked about our “roots;” the things that have developed in our lives to make us who we are today. This week we’ll talk about the product of those roots, and what breaks through the surface into the light of day. What we present to the world, our core values and beliefs, grow from…

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Rolling Stones

“When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. Then he rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. M…

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When Your Soul Needs a Band-Aid

Scripture: Psalm 130 (CEB) 1 I cry out to you from the depths, LORD— 2 my Lord, listen to my voice! Let your ears pay close attention to my request for mercy! 3 If you kept track of sins, LORD— my Lord, who would stand a chance? 4 But forgiveness is with you— that's why you are honored. 5 I hope, LORD. My whole being hopes, and I wait for God's promise. 6 My whole being waits for my Lord— more than th…

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The Healing of the Nations

Christ is bigger than Christianity. The one whose birth we celebrate at Christmas is the one who makes all things new. He is Lord of heaven and earth, not just the Lord of Christians and the church, and in the end he will redeem all of creation. It’s fitting, then, that the very last chapter of the Bible should turn up in Advent, since the Alpha is also the Omega. The beginning and the ending, a…

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Greetings!

“It’s hard to know just what God wants me to do,” someone said to me recently. “It must have been so much easier for those folks back in Bible times, when God just showed up and told them exactly what he wanted…” I was thinking about this conversation this week as I was re-reading Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus. And I’m not so sure that I agree with my friend. Our story begins with Mary, a young girl, a v…

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