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THANKFUL THURSDAY: 10 Psalms

Hello, HOPE-lovers and welcome to Thankful Thursday! Today, I wanted to start a series that is simply a topical study out of the Scriptures about thankfulness. For a couple of weeks, we’ll be in the Psalms.  From there, we will then move through the rest of the Bible to further discover and develop the practice of being thankful. If you take …

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THANKFUL THURSDAY: 4 Ways To Take the Harm Out of Disharmony

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. ~ Colossians 3:17 Hello, Hipsters and welcome to Thankful Thursday! Preface: I had to cancel service with a major internet provider earlier this year.  One of the main reasons was due to the horrible customer …

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Thankful Thursday: How To Be Handle Our Hurt

Hello, HOPE-lovers and welcome to Thankful Thursday! For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…~ Proverbs 23:7a Preface:  I love reading.  It’s a large reason why I love to write — I can’t keep all the good stuff I receive to myself!  Lately, I’ve been reading a book called, “Crash the Chatterbox” by pastor Steven Furtick.  In it, …

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Thankful Thursday: How To Be Healthy

Hello, HOPE-lovers and welcome to Thankful Thursday! For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…~ Proverbs 23:7a Preface:  I recently watched a very thought-provoking interview with world renowned cognitive neuroscientist, Dr. Caroline Leaf.  She was discussing one of her books, “Think & Eat Yourself Smart”, and the topic of thankfulness came up. (Photo taken from Dr. Leaf’s Facebook …

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THANKFUL THURSDAY: 4 Ways To Enjoy Your Life

Hello, Hipsters and welcome to Thankful Thursday! Preface: This week, a family in my church held a memorial for a loved one who passed way before her time. We hear of these stories all the time and the steady sadness wrings us dry, making us brittle and cracked. Been there?  Are you there?  How has life been treating you lately?  …

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Resignation & Beyond

See VLOG. “He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God only.” ~ C. S. Lewis | The Weight Of Glory It’s March, so there’s lots of “madness,” but here we’re continuing to march not only into some madness but also into some mystery… I began the previous post (Nearness & Folly) by quoting most of 1 …

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Nearness & Folly

See VLOG. “There have been men before…who got so interested in proving the existence of God that they came to care nothing for God himself.” ~ C.S. Lewis Hey, Hipsters. This is one of those more autobiographical, quasi-journal type entries, but I do think that sharing my personal journey in this current season will be helpful, encouraging, thought-provoking, and ultimately …

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Politics: Vanquishing A Vehicle For Vitriol

“Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your …

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New York…New LIFE

Before you start, see The Challenge of Change series. “You have to be willing to fail in order to truly succeed.” ~ Jon Gordon Preface: In my last post, “New York, New York!”, I shared about the recent Arnold adventure to NYC and how God used this experience to reveal and raid our cherished idols of safety, control, and comfort. Getting out …

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New York, New York!

Before you start, see my  Challenge of Change series. “We are not necessarily doubting that God will do ‘the best’ for us; we are wondering how painful ‘the best’ will turn out to be.” ~ C.S. Lewis Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been …