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What Are You Waiting For?

Waiting seems to be woven into the fabric of Christmas. We wait for the season to begin, and then we count down the days left until Christmas Day. We wait in lines when shopping in stores, wait for parking spots at malls, and wait for planes or trains to arrive.

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The Missing Ingredient of Thanksgiving

Some of the best meals are somewhat simple in their contents, but when prepared with love and slow-cooked with time-tested techniques, they become the food of kings. Several months ago we watched a television show where the chef sought to discover the secret ingredients of traditional meals—sometimes still prepared over open fires, or slow-cooked. His discovery is summarized in this statement: “Time is the missing ingredient in our cooking today.” And there is much truth to this statement.

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Follow the Invisible God

When Jesus invites people to enter into a relationship with himself, he uses the words: “Come, follow me.” We often read over those words and miss the meaning of the word “follow.”

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What is the One Thing You Seek?

If you could only choose one thing to be the consuming passion of your life, what would it be? Would it be one person with whom you desire to share the rest of your life? Would it be endless wealth? Or a permanent, prominent position of power? For some it might be endless health, or three meals a day delivered to your home until you die. Some would choose fame or success in sports. Perhaps for you the one thing you desire might be to never die.

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One is the Loneliest Number

One of the painful scenarios that humans encounter is loneliness. Loneliness is a feeling of isolation and being alone. In the Creation accounts of Genesis chapters 1-3, God’s crowning creative act was the creation of humans. First there was Adam, and then God saw “that it was not good for the man to be alone,” so God made Eve to share life with Adam. Loneliness has been with us a long time.   

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Surviving Betrayal

One of the most painful things we encounter in life is betrayal. Occasionally a person we trust does something that feels like betrayal, but they really don’t intended it that way. Less frequently, but more painful, is when we experience a trusted friend’s intentional plan to undermine or betray us. I think it is important for us to differentiate between premeditated betrayal and someone’s poor or selfish decisions which to us feel like an act of betrayal. In both cases trust is broken, which lies at the heart of betrayal. In both cases, the betrayer forfeits trust.

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Overcoming Rejection

There is a lot of thoughtless rejection circulating today. Rejection—even that which is only perceived as rejection—hurts us deeply. As children, we probably all experienced rejection to some degree. It starts early. Remember how you felt if you were the last one chosen to be on the team? Or not being asked to the prom?  

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Facing Criticism

This week I received a newsletter with a section summarizing Philip Warner’s “The Secret Pain of Pastors,” posted by www.churchleaders.com in 2018. The seven “unique” problems pastors face were suggested as: criticism, rejection, betrayal, loneliness, weariness, frustrations, and disappointments.

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Time for a Change

We live at a time in history when change is continual. Perhaps life has always been changing at this pace, but I doubt it. Change has always been happening, but the pace seems to have escalated. Awareness of rapid change occurs because of our access to instant, constant announcements of changes. It seems that before we can even process last week’s changes, we are bombarded with two more weeks of change to process. 

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Encountering Hope in Your Valley of Trouble

I have been reading the book of Hosea, one of God’s Old Testament prophets. It is an interesting read, because the family life of Hosea was a living parable of the people of Israel’s relationship with God.

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When Your Hands Are Tied

There are always events in our lives which are beyond our control. As I write this, we are awaiting the arrival of Hurricane Dorian. There has been a week of anxiety for many people up and down the east coast of the United States. I live on an island, just off the mainland of Virginia. The church property is about 7.5 feet above sea level. Projections of the tidal swell are around 7 feet above sea level. It is a situation in which if the storm continues to move further east into the ocean, we might not get the high tides, and we’ll mainly have rain and wind. But you never know.

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The Christian Opportunist

Today’s column is a “timely” message (pun intended) for each of us. We all feel the pressure of losing time—once lost, it cannot be reclaimed. For some it was a lifetime of the enjoying the present with no thought to the future; for others it is being so future-minded that they squander present opportunities.

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It’s Summertime…Got Fruit?

Last week, while watering the plants in the garden, I took a look at our fig. I found lots of figs, each at different levels of ripeness. I picked two ripe ones and popped one into my mouth. The fruit burst open, sweet and juicy, with its distinctive flavor. I immediately thought of paradise, of the bliss of having such a luscious fruit available to pick and eat right at my home. Then my mind went to Jesus, approximately a week before his crucifixion, as he and the disciples were heading from Bethany to Jerusalem to check out the temple about a week before Passover.

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