Tag Archives: Following Jesus

Follow the American Dream or Jesus

When I was younger, my goals were not well formed. I followed my perception of the crowd, and I didn’t necessarily know who or what the crowd was following. I realize now that the overarching, and often unspoken, intention of … Continue reading

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Still Discovering My Vocation

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Discovering my vocation has been like following my iPhone when I don’t know where I’m going. It tells me the next turn, and only the next turn, on a need to know basis. God only knows – and I mean … Continue reading

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Three Steps to Follow Jesus when Making Tough Decisions

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We all follow leaders. The question is, who’s leading? Most of us follow some combination of our peers, people we admire, advertising, media outlets, and most importantly for Christians, Jesus. As a Christian, my desire is to follow Jesus more … Continue reading

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An Alternative to Presidential Politics

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The demoralized and polarized political environment in the United States is getting more bizarre by the moment.  Donald Trump spouts off about anything and everything, except his actual plans, and continues to win primaries.  I don’t get it.  Bernie Sanders advocates socialism, and … Continue reading

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Cheer up!

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What cheers you up?  A beautiful day, a good night’s sleep, an evening spent with people you love, or a restful vacation? These are wonderful gifts, and they never fail to cheer me up. “Cheer up” isn’t the first expression that comes to mind … Continue reading

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God’s Highest Willingness

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“Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance.  It is laying hold of his highest willingness.”  Archbishop Trench I find this quote extremely helpful.  My prayers are often based on an unspoken assumption that God must be convinced to answer.  He is not reluctant to answer … Continue reading

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Who is Well Represented in your Church?

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What are the odds that two bikers traveling east on a bike path will pass two bikers heading west at the exact moment that they both intersect with two walkers? Because I can find a spiritual application in just about anything, that and several similar scenarios during … Continue reading

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Is “Church Service” a Noun or a Verb Phrase?

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Christians, myself included, regularly use words and phrases like church, service, follower of Jesus Christ, shepherd, humility, community and surrender.  Yet, the words, phrases and values that actually animate our (my) behavior are very different.  I observe, and am challenged by, a disconnect between … Continue reading

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Applying God’s Ancient Promises Today

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God promised Abraham a nation and the Promised Land.  He delivered. God assured Moses that Pharaoh would let his people go.  So it happened. The prophet Samuel, at God’s command, anointed a shepherd boy king of Israel.  David became Israel’s greatest king and … Continue reading

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Life: Solving a Puzzle or Creating a Masterpiece?

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The future lies before me in the form of puzzle pieces. Goals.  Skills.  Passion.  Experience.  Gifting.  Opportunities.  Dreams.  Resources. Faith.  Kingdom of God.  Power.  Following Jesus.  Hope. Family.  Finances.  Commitments.  Constraints.  Perceptions. Markets.  Ideas.  Service.  Potential.  World.  Needs. Fear.  Oops.  Toss that piece off … Continue reading

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