Posts Tagged "crisis"

Still

Still.  “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)  Hard to do for most of us.  This was made clear as I read the editorial in my local paper this week.  The editor noted that she did a very unusual thing the other day…she just sat in silence for a few minutes…no phone, no computer, no radio, no television, no noise.  In that stillness, she was amazed that she actually had some time to collect her thoughts....

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What if…

So often I find myself worrying about the “what if” possibilities in my life.  What if I get sick, maybe even with cancer like so many others?  What if someone I’m relying on for help is suddenly taken away?  What if new government regulations complicate life or require a change from the status quo?  What if a disaster wipes out my financial stability?  What if a loved one dies?  What if …? In the midst of all these...

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Crucial Conversations

This week I spent 3 days with my core staff members from Faith Lutheran Church on a retreat.  We were trying to get ready for the busy fall schedule ahead.  To do this, we spent lots of time in prayer and devotion around God’s Word.  We had a lot of great conversations together about our shared mission and vision. We also looked at a book titled Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when Stakes are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph...

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The Pen is Mightier!

This week we heard the terrible news of an attack by Islamic extremists on a tabloid office in Paris that left 12 dead and many injured.  Such destruction is an awful example of what sin has done to the hearts of men.  It saddens our Lord and all who follow Him. Yet, in the midst of this terrible news, there has also been an encouraging response.  Many people are rising up to show support to those who were attacked.  It’s leading to a...

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Crystal Clear Priorities

On the Sunday before Christmas, we were hit by a major ice storm that knocked out the electricity for most of the homes in our area.  The early predictions were that power could be out for up to a week.  Since it was well below freezing outside, I was concerned about many issues: my family staying warm, our pipes freezing, the food in our refrigerator and freezers going bad, elderly neighbors being safe, members from church being hungry, cold...

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Life in God’s Way

How Marriage in God’s Way Shapes a Complete Christian Worldview