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unsustainable effort

There are many times that I find myself striving to perform at a standard because of what I think others ‘might think’… other times I’m putting forth unsustainable effort because I have a false perception of how God looks at me (that he is more pleased when I “do good”). I am not, for one moment, suggesting… Read more »

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effortless grace is an oxymoron

  To extending grace to someone means that there has been an offense, or wrongdoing (as minor as it may be).  I’m learning that there are times when it may be easier to extend grace to someone, but it is never effortless.  Going into the Easter season – I want to take more time to refect… Read more »

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what consumes you?

There are many things that can consume me – I recently ran across a blog that spoke to this very well… kudos Jared. http://withonevoice.wordpress.com/2010/03/05/the-normal-things-are-dangerous/ Confession… what consumes me…? internet  / social networks work (church or day-job) the newest gadget / widget what I’m going to do…. Make boundries, and ask for accountability. What consumes you?

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syncing life

We sync so much.. email, social networks, rss feeds… but to sync life – we almost always have to cut back from what we are doing or have taken on, we (society) are too busy. p.s. The picture has nothing to do with this post… my wife took this and I thought it was funny.

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i am terrible

please take some time to consider the following statement… “I am terrible without Jesus Christ.” If we believe anything else, I believe we have been deceived.

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my allowance

Have you been ‘wronged’ before? Has someone said something to you that was just plain hurtful? My assumption…. you have, we all have. If you answer that you haven’t then well, you’re lying. How should we or do we respond? I was recently put in my place by something I read in Colossians 3 –… Read more »

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what do you ‘just figure’

while sitting around our dining room table with some good friends the other night after an intense board game…. we observed there is something that is going on in our culture we assume much and we ‘just figure’…. eventually this assumption and ‘just figured’ mentality seeps to a point where things become normal… … someone… Read more »

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new horizons

for those interested in more ‘ministry content’ add this link to your RSS feed. Or check this blog on occasion – same thing just different methods… this will have a handful of different ‘authors’  (awesome local people in ministry) I’ll be using ‘stranded here’ (this blog) for lessons on life that I learn and family and… Read more »

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gearing up to pray it…

I was seeking some council from someone once and they shared that they heard this quote / prayer… currently I’m wrestling whether I want to ‘pray this too loud’…..  just a prayer for thought…   Lord, send me anywhere, only go with me. Lay any burden on me, only sustain me. Sever any ties but… Read more »

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intentional __________

I was  spending time with a friend and mentor the other morning over coffee and good conversation and we began talking about intentionality.  In different areas of life, some in ministry, some in parenting, and as I continue to ponder intentionality I have realized how many areas of intentionality there really are… I’m sure there are more but… Read more »