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Posts from June 2021 (Page 2)

Your Best Chance

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Karl Stegell tells the story of two little boys who were enrolled in the first grade of an elementary school. The teacher asked the two brothers their birthdays. The first boy said, “ I was born on January 4,1984.” The second brother said , “I was born on April 4,1984.” The teacher was…

Another Shot

I have been working on my devotion for several days and I have three or four rough drafts. None of them were very good, at least  in my simple mind and heart. I came across this saying by chance, and it hit me. I hope it resonates with you too.  Remember, God is with us each…

Sunday to Monday | Seeds of Faith

We gathered to worship at our partner Confluence Ministries and were together in-person and via the stream. Pastor Dave reminded us that small seeds of faith do big things in God’s kingdom. If you missed being with us you can watch here and see photos here. Thoughts for discussion and reflection this week: Read and…

Mustard Seed Opportunities

Sometimes we worry if we have enough faith. Faith can be like a muscle where the more we exercise it, the more it will grow. Or, faith can be something that stirs us to trust. Or, faith can be build over time in safe places and relationships. Jesus said that all we need is a…

Preaching

Although it’s not clear if he said it, a famous quote generally attributed to St. Francis of Assisi is, “Preach the gospel at all times.  If necessary, use words”. Several years ago, I had a personal experience that reminded me of this quote.  I had a very close friend named Jeff throughout junior high and…

Who Do I Seek to Please?

The need to please, is an obsession for many people. We are eager for Social Media to reward us with 🤗❤️👍🏻 for whatever we might post online. We all seek, ‘well done, that’s great’. For some, the ‘number of friends’, is more important than even knowing who they might be. It’s all about wanting to be…

Persist & Resist

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Perhaps you have read the novel, “Atlas Shrugged,” by Ayn Rand. The novel was written about 65 years ago. The title really conveys the whole story. The mythical Greek strong man who holds the heavens, the world in place gets fed up with it all. Atlas shrugs his shoulders gets the…

Our Greatest Gifts

Finally, we can begin to rebuild from one exhausting and emotional year since the pandemic began. I enjoy how more and more people are receiving their vaccinations against the novel COVID-19 virus. The light at the end of the tunnel is no longer a train, but indeed the light. I have seen how many people…

Sunday to Monday | Expand Family

We had our first in-person worship with some new friends at Granite Peaks Church in Denver. It was a delight to actually expand our notion of family as Jesus invites us to do in Mark 3:28-35. Pastor Dave reminded us that alligators grow to size of the container they are kept in. Jesus and the…

Got Grace?

We all need a little grace. We are caught up in our own thoughts and cut someone off, or reach in front of another, or step before people waiting. We thoughtlessly take the last piece, put an empty container back, or leave the door open (or closed) behind us. We interrupt, don’t listen, and judge.…