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Mighty God

Calling a leader a "counselor", a "father", or a "prince" is acceptable language. Calling a leader "God" is usually seen as taking it a bit too far. Yet that is exactly what Isaiah does in his description of the coming Messiah. He will be called “Wonderful Counselor....

Wonderful Counselor

Advent is here— and in the midst of all the decorating, shopping, card sending, and wistful thinking that randomly hijacks our hearts, I decided to STOP... and mark this season with some short meditations on Isaiah 9:6 about the coming Messiah. Who is, of course, the...

Hope

As we count the days until Christmas, we all hold hope for what this season will bring. But hope can so easily become expectation. And expectation often leads to disappointment. Because we have a specific idea for how we want our hope to be fulfilled. So the question...

Grief and Gratitude

Grief and gratitude are closer than you may think.  It is not surprising that I'd be talking about gratitude on my podcast this week since Thanksgiving is upon us. But grief is enveloping my family going into Thanksgiving, and I am guessing some of you have grief...

Indiscriminate Love

At some point, we decide how far our love can go. Then God pushes us to consider taking it further. No bounds. No conditions. Sometimes uncomfortable. Way too generous. If you feel like you can't possibly do it, you are probably on the right track. This week’s podcast...

Soul Renewal

It’s post election, pre holiday season, so I am focused this week on soul renewal. (It may also be because I’m preaching on soul renewal this Sunday, and am in the middle of one of the craziest seasons of my life.) Here’s the thing about renewal...in order to be ready...

Navigating Difficult Relationships 

The holidays are fast approaching, when it’s time for joy and warmth and every wonderful and awkward family relationship to be tied up and delivered on your doorstep. On top of that, any new relationships (work related or otherwise) that began this Fall have probably...

The Magic of Mentorship

When you think of the word “mentor”, who- or what- comes to your mind? My first mentor actually became my mentor without either of us realizing it. His name was Dr Neil Clark Warren, and though he eventually became the founder of EHarmony.com (here's the proof:...

Handling Stress

Stress. It’s a feeling we can’t stand but can’t seem to shake— especially when we are living from the outside in. When we allow our circumstances to dictate our sense of peace we rarely find it. When everything is okay, we are okay, but “everything being okay" is such...

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