Expecting Advent-ure

Advent begins…but do we get excited?  If I say adventure begins today…then most of us would be quite excited!  The truth is everyday should be an adventure as we live out our lives for Jesus but the reality is most of us don’t experience that.  As we travel through this Christmas season, let’s explore the […]

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Pray

It’s here!  The meal has finally arrived.  But before you can dig in, you have to pause and pray.  The prayer can often feel like the last hindrance to eating but, in truth, it’s a central part to the meal.  Likewise, prayer is a key component in stepping into our calling to reach the world […]

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Engage

Jesus calls us to “Go and make disciples of all nations.”  That’s a big charge…a big job to accomplish.  Yet it can start very simply.  Last week we explored the first step to our calling in being open and ready to invite others to do life with us.  In addition to inviting others, we also […]

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Invite

The holiday season is beginning!  It’s time to think about pumpkins, turkey, and Christmas trees!  But maybe it’s also time to think about the people we’ll be passing by over they next several months.  Like us, Jesus found Himself quite busy.  Yet He always found the time to see the people around Him and step […]

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Perspective

For two chapters, we’ve been flies on the wall listening to a conversation between God and Habakkuk.  As things wrap up, we find ourselves looking at a different man.  Habakkuk is not the same person who started this conversation with God.  He has changed…his perspective has been flipped upside down.  As we listen to his […]

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God’s Promise – Justice will Come

Habakkuk and God have been having a good dialogue.  Now, it the second part of God’s second response, He finally says what Habakkuk has been waiting to hear…just not in the way or timing Habakkuk expected.  In these words from God, we find both continuing encouragement to talk with God as well as some questions […]

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Complaint #2 – God’s Way vs. Our Way

Habakkuk complained…God responded…and now Habakkuk is responding (aka complaining again) to God.  And still God is listening and gently responding.  It’s a lesson for us all on how to share with God and how to listen when He speaks…

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Complaint #1 – Injustice in the World

First Thessalonians chapter 5 calls us to pray, give thanks, and praise God at all times.  But what happens when I’m not feeling very thankful?  How do I come into my time with God if I’m not feeling very full of praise?  Do I “fake it until I make it?”  In the back of the […]

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Jesus Heals the Broken

Jesus loves the broken.  Jesus calls the broken.  He wants us in our brokenness!  But is that where it stops?  Is that the end of the road?  We are loved but still broken?  Thankfully not!  As Jesus seeks us out in our brokenness, He also moves us forward from brokenness to perfection.  He heals the […]

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Why…Broken

When life gets hard, we ask why.  On some days, it is perhaps the most ask question in our prayers.  So why does bad stuff happen?  Why does life get hard at times?  As we look into the beginnings of the book of Exodus, we find three potential answers to our why questions.  Let’s jump […]

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