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Breathing is Necessary

Category: Spiritual Life, Disciple-Making

Learning to breathe sabbath into our lives...

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Following His Heart

Category: Missional Living, Gospel Saturation

I grew up hearing “Follow Your Heart” like it was some magic incantation that made everything you wanted possible and right. To some extent I internalized it and lived it my whole life. I would rail against things that I “didn’t want to” do as being unfair or...

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The Lord Is

Category: Prayer

Psalm 23:2-3 joins with the rest of the Pslams and the bible to express some things about who God is. He is shepherd, rest provider, soul restorer, leader, light, king, tower, rock. This poem is made up of four images or metaphors that came to mind as I meditated on who the Lord is, even in the...

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Tags: psalm, poem

Return: A Psalm

Category: Prayer

I have numbered the mornings since I’ve been away.  In the days since Eden, I have followed the cracks in the earth, eastward where the dawn is reborn.  I have traced the horizon with my fingertips. I have passed my days before the distant mirage, a glimmer of water flowing...

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Chased by a Great God who desires to be the great One

Category: Glory of God

In my history I am often known for completing a conversation with someone by starting off with, "Well, what I just do is...." I give advice shoving forward this greatness that says, "if only you could be like me." That is historically where people have frequently found my value. Yet cyclically...

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Tags: great, bless, advice

Praying through Pain

Category: Spiritual Life

When the temperature drops, my daily pain level rises. I don’t like to talk about it because the more I think about it, the more I feel it. I’ve discovered that distraction is the best pain reliever I have and have been striving to remain distracted. I try to stay in my head so I...

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Category: Missional Living

"On that Friday morning two weeks ago, I grumbled all the way to the garbage cans. I grumbled as I dragged them to the carport door. I grumbled as I yanked the groaning, protesting door up just far enough to shove the cans under. I ducked to follow and stopped short. The alley was full of...

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Tags: neighborhood, missional

Gospel People in Thessalonica (and Spokane)

Category: Soma Family, Disciple-Making, Gospel Identity, Gospel Saturation

As we wrapped up our study in 1 Thessalonians, I was struck by the simplicity and beauty of Paul's instructions to the gospel community he left in Thessalonica: Leaders, work hard and care well for your people. People, respect and affirm your leaders, willingly submitting to them. All of you...

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Tags: gospel, community, mission, missional community

Harking My Soul - Letting the Gospel of Advent Saturate My Heart

Category: Spiritual Life, Gospel Fluency

Harking our souls is the hardest thing to do in the familiar background music of Advent...

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Striving For Perfection

Category: Biblical Truth, Soma Family, Gospel Fluency

“It wasn’t supposed to be like this.” We’ve all thought it even if we haven’t said it out loud. So often the way we picture things outshines the reality we experience. Rather than work to better the reality or simply accept it, we tend to pout and feel cheated. At...

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Tags: perfection, striving, gospel, grace, advent, christmas