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In Me First

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The absolutely chaotic conditions of our day are prompting an increasing cry across the nation for revival. There is an encouraging explosion of prayer initiatives across the country calling for God to send revival. It wasn’t too long ago that the word was largely absent in any public discourse on the condition and future of […]

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Fix Your Focus

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There’s so much fear out there. The principal sent out an email last week that a jogger had been attacked in our town so we should warn our kids to be careful on their way to school. The news reported that a child just died of the flu. Then, I see a list of potential […]

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The Same Battle… Two Opposite Responses

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  I have nothing against consultants. How’s that for an opening statement? The issue I have is with church leadership that finds itself in crisis and, as their first response, calls in a consultant because they don’t know what to do. So, the consultant arrives with their bag of tricks, tools for analysis, underlying philosophies […]

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Speed Dating

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I’ve only seen it on TV commercials, but it looks ridiculous and desperate. A room full of people walking around with drinks in their hands, looking for meaningful relationships, but limited to five minutes of table-talk with each other to determine compatibility. I know I will make some of you angry, but that is what […]

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The Huge Choice

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I ran into a familiar story in Joshua 9 yesterday morning that alarms me every time I read it. God has miraculously led Joshua and the people of God across the swollen Jordan River and given them the cities of Jericho and Ai. New and exciting territory! And while they are all relaxing under the […]

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My Paternal Grandpa

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Thomas Lievesley Rowlands. My paternal grandfather. A man of few words. Quiet by nature. Born to a family of millers in Bristol, England. A son of Victorian England in style and manner. Regarding faith, a Quaker. Emigrated to South Africa with other members of the Rowlands family in the late 1800’s, primarily for health reasons. […]