Being Holy

I was scrolling Facebook on my phone the other day (which explains why I missed the context of the comment that caught my eye), and I ran across a statement that made me cringe. When I went back to read it in context, I have to say that the person who made the comment, in […]

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Being Free

We live in a country where we talk a lot about freedom, often equating the concept with our rights. Having been fairly engaged in political discourse for more than a decade now and growing up in the Navy where I understood that most of the adults I knew were serving the nation to protect our […]

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God Talk: The Adventure – The Year So Far Part 2

Today I am reminded as I come back once again to this task, this ministry, of the conversation I had last night at the new Bible study, for lack of a more accurate term (it’s a good bit more than simply a Bible study), that I started attending the night before I last wrote here. […]

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God Talk: The Adventure – The Year So Far Part 1

It’s a new year, which I suppose all of us knew. God is doing new things. Which, I hope all of us knew. And it’s a little early to be reflecting back, doing a year in review kind of thing, but after last night, that seems to be where God has led me for the […]

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The jk Phenom

I ran across a thing on Facebook the other day which reminded me of something I’d been meaning to write about a while back. I’m sure you’ve seen one of these things rolling through you feed, being passed around by your friends. Perhaps you’ve even passed it along yourself, clicking copy and past without really […]

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Mixing Up Our Labels

I was reading an article yesterday from the Washington Post website called “Liberal Churches Are Dying. But Conservative Churches Are Thriving” Hat tip to my friend Warren Lathem of Venezuela Now for sharing the article, it was much needed food for thought and hope for those of us looking for revival in the US. As I […]

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The Gospel of the Unchurched

It’s the beginning of the New Year, and among most churches that means some reflection about the intentions for the year ahead. Among Methodists, and I imagine other denominations that view themselves as having an evangelical nature, that means certain terms start flying around more than normal, reminding me once again how irritating buzz words […]

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God Talk: The Adventure – Why?

As this new year has begun, God has called me to start getting some things organized, and one of those things is my writing ministry. As I’ve been drawing together my Facebook notes into files by category, before moving on to drawing together my work here on the blog, I’ve noticed that my work has […]

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Miracles

A new year brings new commitments, and I figured what better way to start this new round of committing to some consistency in writing than with a discussion of miracles. Judging from past experience, it will indeed take God’s direct intervention if I am to overcome my natural inclination to get distracted. More than that […]

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Hearing God

It’s been a busy few weeks, with interesting new opportunities God laid briefly before me. Having a daily commute, thankfully short, gave me time to think, but not so much time to do much with those thoughts. Now that things have settled back into a new rhythm, some of those thoughts have come back to […]

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God Talk: The Adventure – Sunday… I lost count

I started to write this as a quick Facebook status, and realized I shouldn’t. I was gonna put it there because I knew I was behind on writing here. Several weeks back, I ran into a situation I wasn’t sure how to write about. I managed to write about an apostate church without hesitation, but […]

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God Talk: The Adventure – Sunday Four

So, last weekend, the anniversary of 9/11 was the fourth church we visited. We seem to be sort of alternating back and forth in church size, so that was pretty much the criteria I went with for last week for picking where to go. We chose one of the larger congregations here in town. And […]

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God Talk: The Adventure – Sunday Three

The third Sunday of this grand adventure led us to a little church here in Jasper in one of the unlikeliest of places. The way we’ve been picking churches has been pretty haphazard for the most part. I tried to get organized that first week, but couldn’t decide on a reasonable search and decision method. […]

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God Talk: The Adventure – Sunday Two Take Two

Embed from Getty Images Today, I’m feeling led to get caught up on some of the story of our family’s adventure. I’m going to take advantage of the lovely schedule post function here on WordPress and hopefully get several pieces put together today, and scheduled to post over the next couple days, God willing. We’ll […]

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Essential Living

Essential Living – Theives in the Modern Age

Essential Living – Theives in the Modern Age

By: Tera Ertz It’s that time of year again where temperatures drop and noses run. As I was pining for the warm cinnamon scent of some Thieves Oil this morning, I was reminded of some interesting research I did for a world history class a few years ago. Benefits of Calamity: The effects of the […]

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God in the Public Square

#NeverTrump – What now?

#NeverTrump – What now?

So the time moment has come when those who have vowed that they will not, cannot in good conscience, vote for Mr. Trump are faced with a hard decision. But, perhaps not so very hard. Yesterday was the National Day of Prayer, and I was doing a great deal of praying in that time. And […]

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God Talk

God Talk: The Adventure – Overcoming Doubt

God Talk: The Adventure – Overcoming Doubt

So, going back over the last several posts tonight, it struck me that I have once again fallen behind in doing the writing I need to do here. We’ve been to two more churches since last I wrote (Corey recovered mostly from his allergic reaction, and discovered interesting new things about poisonous plants that allowed […]

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Revelations

Revelations- Being Shaken

Revelations- Being Shaken

I was preparing for service this morning, outside the church talking with God. Or more rightly, letting my mind wander while I listened for God. Today was the last day of a week-long prayer task God has set for me. It has been enlightening, humbling, and in the end uplifting. But, at the same time, […]

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Truth In Love

Truth in Love – Get Thee Behind Me

Truth in Love – Get Thee Behind Me

 “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” There has been this piece of Scripture rolling around in my head for several weeks now. Contemplation of the unseen battle between good and evil is, if […]

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WWJD

WWJD – Simplicity

WWJD – Simplicity

May 13, 2012 at 2:37am   As I read the news, I see the many trials facing our nation and our world. Headlines scream everything from murder and theft to war, poverty, abortion and homosexual unions. So many things tear at the world today. It overwhelms us when we stand awash in the misery around […]

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