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God, the Ultimate Transit Authority

January is a time to give thought to what we hope to accomplish in the new year, so to aid in your thinking about that subject, I would like to have you consider looking at your life with 20/20 vision. If you are a Christian, the plans that you make for the new year should be plans that relate to what God desires to do in and through your life.

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20/20 Vision

January is a time to give thought to what we hope to accomplish in the new year, so to aid in your thinking about that subject, I would like to have you consider looking at your life with 20/20 vision. If you are a Christian, the plans that you make for the new year should be plans that relate to what God desires to do in and through your life.

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From the Beginning to the End

A new year is upon us, and with it comes both anticipation and anxiety. We are excited about the new possibilities—albeit pursuing new possibilities is often accompanied by anxieties over the unknowns that come with new choices. God has blessed us to be alive to start 2020, and since he is a purposeful God, we know he has some purposes for each of us to fulfill each year. God has put us where we are to partner with him to accomplish his purposes.

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Role Reversal

Christmas is that time of year that seems to bring out the best in us. It’s the time when we experience a role reversal, as we think of others before thinking of ourselves. Perhaps this is a hidden by-product of Christmas. Is this role reversal a fluke? Or in the original Christmas event, did God give us an example of putting others first?

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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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