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Just Thinking Out Loud

February 13, 2020

It’s been a while since I have posted anything here. It’s been a rough couple of months. Not just for me, but for a lot of our church family. We are often told, “If you aren’t up in your faith, if you are depressed or down in the dumps, what is wrong with you?”
 
Nothing could be further from the truth! Did you know that over 1/3 of the Psalms were laments crying out to God for somehow seeming to have lost the writer in the midst of his troubles and struggles. In his book, “Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy”, Mark Vroegop writes, “to lament is Christian.”
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May 23, 2019

I have been reading the book Not God Enough, by J.D. Greear, wow! I know what I go through each and every day. I seek to be a leader, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a friend, and to somehow bring what I know of the character of god to play in all of those interactions and relationships.

Sometimes I have to stop and ask, "Am I truly representing God as He is?" I have also been reading in my daily exercise and have been in Job for the last couple of weeks. I am realizing that sometimes I am underwhelmed by just who this God is that I serve.
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April 26, 2019

Warren Wiersbe, in his book “Jesus in the Present Tense.” writes, “Nothing goes right when our hearts are wrong.”

I can’t tell you how many times in my life I have tried to do the right things with wrong things in my heart. It just doesn’t work. The reason? Jesus outlines the principle in the 15th chapter of John. He was having a meal and a discussion, or a teaching moment, with his disciples and he told them, if you aren’t connected to me (the true vine) you won’t be able to do anything.
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April 8, 2019

I am sitting here in my office thinking of a saint that has gone home to be with the Lord. There have been a couple of these over the last two weeks. Men and women who have walked long and faithful through the difficulties of aging and yet remained consistent, content and boisterous in their faith and the expressions of it. Both Buddy Fort and Virginia Tyson epitomize a generation that is quickly passing from the scenes of faith.
 
I look and I wonder, "who will fill these shoes?" I am reminded of a quote by Jim Maxim, “You can only go as far for God as you have time with God.” These “saints” put in that time.
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March 25, 2019

The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the church at Corinth, speaks of love in the thirteenth chapter. We often think of the passage of scripture in the context of a wedding ceremony. That is not how Paul used it. Paul used it to speak of how believers were to interact with one another in the local church.

Towards the end of the chapter, Paul writes and tells us, "now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love."
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