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Daily-Devo-IconI highly recommend that everyone interested to grow in faith make time each day to have a quiet time with God. It’s simple. Set aside time each day to ask God to speak to you, read the assigned text, think/meditate on what it tells you about God, the world, or yourself, and ask God to guide you through the day.

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  • Smashing Plates, Yowies, and Peace Do you find it difficult to think of peace in our world today? Last week we lit the candle of hope. This week we light the candle of peace. Really? It doesn’t seem like there is a lot of peace in our world. I had the privilege of hanging out with our YOWIES last night. That’s ...
  • Preparing to Light the Candle of Peace for Advent 2 This morning I was preparing for the upcoming week of Advent 2: The Candle of Peace. Our two main texts are Luke 1:68-79 and Luke 3:1-6. I was reminded of some work that I did in these texts the last time I preached through Luke. They are appropriate to repost here for two reasons: We will ...
  • A Visual Meditation on Thanksgiving Our theme for this weekend is “Grateful” and the texts are Deuteronomy 26:1-11 and Luke 17:11-19. I offer the illustration above as a visual meditation on the Greek word that we translate giving thanks. It is the word used when the one Samaritan leper returns to thank Jesus for healing him in Luke 17:16. It is ...
  • Shabbat Shalom | Standing in Solidarity with our Jewish Siblings Shabbat Shalom. That is the greeting you receive when you enter a Sabbath Service at a synagogue. It means Sabbath Peace. Those words had deep meaning for me last night. My two adult sons accompanied me as I met some of our ninth grade Confirmation students and mentors at Temple Israel in Minneapolis to experience a ...
  • All Hallow’s Eve | A Visual Meditation on All Saints Day Worship Millions of children will flood the streets of our neighborhoods across the country today. It is this strange moment when we have collectively agreed that it is OK for perfect strangers to knock on our doors in masks, yell at us, demand candy, and walk away. That is one way to do community. This morning I ...
  • How to Hear God’s Voice | A Visual Meditation on 1 Kings 19:12 The world is full of so many voices. The advent of social media has amplified and multiplied these voices so that now they are constantly screaming at us at deafening levels. The question we raise this week, during our second week on prayer in A Deep Life, is this: How can we listen to God? How ...
  • That We May Be One I experienced another happy convergence this morning. Our texts for the weekend are John 17:20-24, Acts 2:42, and Colossians 3:14-17. Our theme in this third week of A Deep Life is Growing Together. The Spiritual Journey is not a solo adventure. We are not lone rangers. We are created by the community of the Triune ...
  • Spirit of Holiness, Fires of Judgment The nation watches in horror as wildfires rage across California. “Why would God let this happen?” many ask. Here is something we must keep in mind. Forest fires are a natural process that cleans out the dead wood and unlocks the next generation of trees. It actually purifies the forest. This week in our Alive series, ...
  • Love brother, Love Stranger Our text this week is Hebrews 13:1-8. I’m not preaching, but I have been captured by the first line of the text. The love for the brother is important, but it can become insular and even dangerous if we forget that the love for the stranger is equally important. I invite you to explore The Overflow ...
  • A Visual Exposition of 1 Corinthians 13:8-13 I have discovered a poetic beauty in 1 Corinthians 13:8-13 that I have never seen before. Allow me to step through each section of the text visually. I have written the English words in the order of the Greek language, so that you may see the structural beauty of this text. It sounds like Yoda ...

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