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The Language of Ministry and Calling: John the Baptist

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I can depend on it like the rain in Seattle: that evaluative question that will predictably be asked in the first five minutes of any introductory conversation with another pastor: “How many are in your church?”  Though the phraseology may vary – “what’s your Sunday morning attendance,” or, “what are you running now?” – the […]

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The Language of Ministry and Calling: Moses

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The well-worn story goes something like this: Over morning coffee a man looks at his wife and states emphatically: “I don’t care if it’s Sunday morning, I’m not going back to that church. It’s a waste of time. No one likes me at that church. Frankly, I don’t like them either. And….” About that point […]

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Threats to Take You Out

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I’m not sure who said, “The more things change the more they stay the same.” But that couldn’t be more true when it comes to the enemy’s strategy to take you out. The setting in 2 Kings 18 is the reign of King Hezekiah on the throne of David in Jerusalem. A good king. A […]

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Non-Repeating Pattern

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That’s sounds like a contradiction of terms. If it is non-repeating, then how can a pattern be discerned? Let me show you. In Genesis 17:6, when over a million Israelites, at the beginning of the exodus, had no water to drink, God told Moses to strike the rock. In Numbers 20:8, towards the end of […]

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Half the Story

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Generationally, I sit in a curious place. I look back to my father’s generation and remember how they wrestled with matters of holiness. They took the subject seriously and for the most part wanted to please the Lord, but often ended up at the wrong conclusions. As a kid, growing up in our home in […]

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Everything Going Great, Until…

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Everything was going great, until… The anointing of Solomon to succeed his father on Israel’s throne was a miracle of grace to begin with. The expected and correct choice would have been David’s eldest surviving son, Adonijah. That’s what Adonijah thought also. But God had other plans and chose Solomon to reign on the throne […]

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Returning

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As a young pastor, in my first senior pastorate, I once had to counsel a man who had been very active in the church, but, it turned out, had been having an affair with another woman in the church for sixteen years… until he was found out. And I suddenly found myself in the middle […]

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Wait

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Anyone out there love the process of waiting? I didn’t think so… especially when access to information, our friends, 300Mbps downloads, Uber Eats, or online shopping is all at our fingertips. I can’t be the only one who slaps a second coat of paint on, way before the time specified on the paint can. Don’t […]