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When God hits the reset button

When God hits the reset button

We’ve all had the experience with our smart-phone, tablet or computer when it didn’t act like it was supposed to.  It stopped doing something it was designed to do or it started doing something that didn’t make sense. The remedy is usually to simply shut down and restart your device – to perform a RESET.  By doing this we force all the programs that are actively or passively...

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10 Seconds To Justify My Existence

10 Seconds To Justify My Existence

When I’ve thought about the result or fruit of my labor, it’s been in terms of my effect on a situation or cause (external realities). But lately, I’ve realized that there is another sphere that experiences the effect of my labor – my heart, my internal life (internal realities). Work, labor, toil, effort is not an option in this life. There are problems to solve, relationships to...

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4 Calling Observations & Lessons

4 Calling Observations & Lessons

I have the fun and privilege of talking to many people each week by phone, email, chat and in person at Base Camp, retreats, on radio interviews, podcasts and over a cup of coffee. Each person’s story is fascinating and their questions both profound and common.  So, from recent conversations, let me offer a few thoughts that may be helpful. Adjust with the seasons.  Life continually...

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A Dangerous But Necessary Road

A Dangerous But Necessary Road

I recently overheard a conversation between two men.  One said, “The strong rule the weak.  That’s how your God made the world.”  The other responded, “God makes us strong only for a while, so that we can help each other.”  To which the first man responded, “My God makes me strong so I can live my life.” This conversation was in a movie I re-watched called First Knight, the...

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Hearing God and Reflection

Hearing God and Reflection

Thirty years ago I lived and worked in London with several other men. We were involved in campus ministry and the charismatic renewal. One housemate—let’s call him Tom—spent a couple hours in discussion with Rev. John Stott. When Tom returned from his visit, he was incredulous. During Tom’s meeting, they discussed prayer. Stott claimed that his most significant times of prayer involve...

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Our Downward Spiral of Addiction

Our Downward Spiral of Addiction

Cynthia Heimel lived in New York in the 1970s and she knew actors and artists before their fame—while they were still bussing tables and driving cabs—but she also knew them after their fame. She wrote this: I pity celebrities. No I really do. Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, and Barbara Streisand were once perfectly pleasant human beings. But now their wrath is awful. I think when God wants...

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