Royal Pains Launch — The King Of Bling

Scripture records that when the children of Israel cried out for a king to lead them, the Lord tried to get them to change their minds.But the people would have none of it. The nations surrounding them had kings, and so should they.So God gave them what they wanted –...

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When Verses Obscure Scripture

You might look at the title to this post and think, "What?!  The verses ARE the Scripture!"No.  They're not.The division of the bible into chapters and verses is a much later development.  You can read some of that story here.  The original...

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Encouragement By Ice Cream

For the last couple of weeks, I had been telling the staff to clear their calendars for Tuesday, May 15 at 1:30 p.m. for a Surprise Extravaganza.I was most disappointed when one of our team members did not re-schedule the cruise he is taking with his wife this...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Tears Of Joy In Sports

Bubba Watson's tear-filled celebration upon winning this year's Master's sparked an internal question:  what are my favorite "cry" moments in sports?To make the list below, the tears must be those of victory, not of defeat.  They may well contain some...

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What Methodists PRACTICE Or What Methodists BELIEVE?

If you ask most people who are even remotely connected to church life -- Methodist or otherwise -- "what is it that distinguishes the Methodist church from any other church?" you'll get answers that focus on the practices of our denomination as opposed to...

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Courageous Week 5 — Profiles In Courage

For this final message in Courageous, I'm moving out of the story of Joshua and his leadership of the messy family known as the children of Israel and moving into Paul and his leadership of the messy family known as the church at Colossae. And it's a topic that...

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World Pollution

The first 2/3 of James 1:27 brings great comfort to those of us who believe in showing our faith through good deeds:"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:  to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from...

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When Church Enables

I've had a gnawing sense recently that churches in general and this church in particular need to take more care to avoid enabling unhealthy behaviors.With the best of intentions, we can reinforce behaviors and patterns in people that do much more harm than good.For...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Piano Songs In Rock

Rock & roll and the piano have long had an uneasy relationship. With apologies to Jerry Lee Lewis, the genre has from its beginnings been driven almost exclusively by the combination of guitar and drums. If the piano or keyboard play any role in most rock songs,...

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Anatomy Of A Radical Impact Project

At Good Shepherd, we have a how that goes along with our what.The big what around here is our mission:  Inviting All People Into A Living Relationship With Jesus Christ.   We love those words and that focus.But in developing that mission, we also took...

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