God’s love

Prisoners Set Free!

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook” From Fetters Free March 7 The Lord looseth the prisoner. (Psalm 146:7) He has done it. Remember Joseph, Israel in Egypt, Manasseh, Jeremiah, Peter, and many others. He can do it still. He breaks the bars of brass with a word and snaps the fetters of iron with a look. … Continue reading »

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God is STILL faithful and strong

This word from Charles Spurgeon is quite timely for those of us facing challenges right now.  Try not to be bothered by the King James English.  The message is still fresh – God has delivered us in the past and will deliver us from today’s fresh threat. From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook” Past Deliverance Begets … Continue reading »

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Extravagant Love for Crazy Kids

My kids are crazy.  Really, they are.  Apparently, they’ve been domesticated to the point that they no longer have any kind of survival instincts. We had the opportunity to spend a couple of days in Santa Cruz with Eleanor’s family, and someone in the group wanted to check out the Santa Cruz Boardwalk.  After getting … Continue reading »

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Pain and Pastors

The word pastor comes from our job as shepherds.  Of course, Jesus is the real shepherd, but we pastors try our best to represent him well as we seek to care for his flock.  Jesus taught us that he’s the kind of shepherd who cares if a single sheep goes astray and wanders into danger, … Continue reading »

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Thankfulness: Not So Obvious

Yesterday afternoon, my kids were starting to get a little bit of cabin fever. It was hot, and the air had been smoky for most of the day, but by late afternoon, the air had cleared a bit and a cool breeze was blowing. “Why don’t you go outside and play, Johnny?” I suggested. “There’s … Continue reading »

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Our God Is a Great Big God

My wife woke me up for morning prayer this morning and I went back to sleep.  This was a bad choice because there’s a lot going on in my life and the life of our church right now.   As a church grows, it can no longer connect everyone “automatically.”  It’s a much more conscious and … Continue reading »

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The church and the needs of sexual assault survivors

Last week, I attended a “round table” of sexual assault survivors and members of the clergy. The honesty of the six women who had survived sexual assault was extraordinary – and extremely difficult to hear. But the hardest part of what they had to say was the part about how their churches had treated them. … Continue reading »

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An exercise in God’s love for YOU

First a word of  introduction.  I had the great pleasure of attending the Bayside Church (of Granite Bay, CA) THRIVE 2008 conference.  It’s nice that such a huge and wealthy church – that could easily hold a world-class conference just for its own leaders – invites leaders from other churches to come and learn and share fellowship … Continue reading »

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God in the Mess

Last Sunday, many things went wrong in worship at Trinity. Now we’re not one of those churches were everything is polished and perfect, but even we are not accustomed to the sheer number of small things that went wrong, from people being out sick to sound system glitches to bulletin information being wrong.  And you … Continue reading »

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It’s not your battle – Stand still!

Jim Edwards, one of the speakers at the West Coast Presbyterian Pastors’ Conference this week, spent some time this morning talking about various virtues and about how we can make a decision to act in ways that we might not feel yet.  An example for me might be to help clean up the kitchen even … Continue reading »

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