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Surely God Is in This Place

That is what so many of us experienced at our Friday Night Worship and Dedication. This is what so many of us experience week after week. This past week, I read and taught through a number of passages about PLACE. Jacob wrestled with the angel of the Lord and called that place Peniel, because he […]

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A New Addition to Our Staff

I think many of you remember it was my good friend Brian Newman who spiritually poked, prodded, and pushed me to pay attention to the leading of God about becoming the next lead pastor of Living Word. Way back when Pastor Steve was just beginning the transition process for succession, Brian Newman reflected with me […]

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A Community of Conversation

I love conversations. I love them so much that I wrote a workbook on Spiritual Formation and gave it the simple title Conversations. I strike up conversations with total strangers. I have lingering conversations with my good friends. I have delightful conversations with my small group. I have mentoring conversations with leaders. I have teaching conversations […]

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Ordination and Commissioning

On Sunday, December 10 we had a special service for family and close friends of seven staff members who were ordained and commissioned as pastors at Living Word. In the past, when we have ordained a staff person it was a very small and private occasion with family and a few friends. This time, because […]

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Engraved, Deeply Etched

Here is a quote on character that I spent time working with and using for some personal assessment. (Character) does require a conviction of a truth made sacred, abiding as an authoritative presence within consciousness and life, reinforced by habits institutionalized within a moral community. Character, therefore, resists expedience; it defies hasty acquisition. This is […]

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Worth Pondering

We find ourselves worrying and taking stock as a nation, in ways we’ve not before. Who are we? What do we want? Which way forward? And what of our values? Is it only by our possessions that we wish to be known? Does what we have matter more to us than what we do? No, […]

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