I am out...now what?

Outside the Box-3

Freedom to Choose Life is all about choice.  Especially in America.  It’ is our badge of honor, our right, to have the ability to choose.  As such, we find that life rarely comes at us in black and white, with a clear yes or no, right or wrong. So, it becomes about the journey, the […]

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I am out...now what?

Outside the Box-2

Freedom to Own your Own Faith People long ago lived by a system of rules and regulations that told them how to live their lives, and they used priests as intermediaries between themselves and God. Simply read through the Old Testament and be thankful that we no longer operate under this burdensome system. We are […]

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Darkest Hour

At one time or another, we have all likely found ourselves asking, as David did, “How long, O Lord?” (Ps. 13:1). We rightly ask God to end the suffering we experience, but in our struggles do we ask what they may be preparing us for?…

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I am out...now what?

Outside the Box-1

As Christians, we are often told how we should feel or not feel. We’re supposed to always be happy, content, and loving. We’re not supposed to feel angry, hurt, afraid, discouraged, or disillusioned. In fact, if you dare to express doubts, you may find your faith is quickly questioned. So we paste on our plastic […]

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I am out...now what?

Playing Outside the Box

Playing Outside the Box I see the world in a slightly different manner, especially concerning matters of the church.  I view the church and how it engages the culture (men, in particular) in a very different manner than most occupying the pews within it.  One could say that I am an ardent member of the […]

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inescpable

Silent Solidarity

  Why do our leaders want us to be silent? List to Season 2 Episode 5 Caring for Your Soul.

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yes you

Community 3

There is a common phrase I head from pastors, “as we grow larger, we must grow smaller.” This is typically around the implementation of home-based groups as a means to facilitate relationships, personal ministry, and try to develop a sense of community within the corporate whole. While I agree this is a great means by which to accomplish […]

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The only true Light in this world

He Loves Me

There is a children’s song from Sunday School which goes like this… Jesus loves me, this I know. For the Bible tells me so. I have been pondering this simple phrase from this little song over the last couple of weeks and acknowledge most in the circle of Faith would immediately say, “Yes, of course He does”.  And […]

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Happy New Year

May the Father bring His presence ever closer to you. May the Son bring freedom, redemption, and restoration through the power of His resurrection. May the Spirit bring truth, comfort, and guidance to your heart, mind, and soul.  

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Community 2

Is the church of today intended to reflect culture or should culture reflect the church? Or possibly both? Maybe neither? The entertainment industry justifies their corrupt products (movies, music, etc) by claiming to only be a reflection of the society around them. Thus they are somehow relating to their audience. (Talk about a cop out.)

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Community 1

Is it just me or has the American church, in general, lost its sense of “community”? By “community” I refer to the activities seen in the early church, in particular Acts 2:42-47.  There we see people coming together daily in the temple, sharing a meal together, being in each other’s homes, sharing of their assets, […]

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Forest

Accountability ?

When I hear the word “accountable” I think of either business discipline or a religious legalistic attempt to control behavior and sin. I have a long history with this; I have been in church “accountability” groups for decades…

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What God Wants-3

God is looking for the attitude in David’s heart.  In the Book of Psalms (# 51) you encounter David’s prayer to God over his sinful behavior.  David identifies in the 16th verse what God does NOT want: a “sacrifice” or “burnt offering”…which were, for his day, the only way to make proper recompense to God for one’s […]

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What God Wants-2

One day, while peering out the castle window, he notices the neighbor’s wife taking a bath in her rooftop hot tub. Suddenly living this divine destiny is not good enough any longer and he decides he wants, needs, deserves more. So, being the king, he simply takes what he wants.  He ships the woman’s husband, who is […]

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Poetry
inescpable

Inescapable

Life Inescapable
Infirmity harshly appears
Carrying heaviness
Control is lost
Strides instinctive
Words found fleeting
Apprehension abounds
Stepping bravely onward
Darkness surrounding
Course bent forward
Ground solid
Life inescapable

Other Authors

Why Doesn’t God Always Heal the Sick? by Dr. Sam Storms

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this [thorn], that it should leave me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’” 2 Corinthians 12:8–9
God loved the Apostle …

Masterpiece: A New Humanity by Erwin McManus

Masterpiece: A New Humanity The hard work of a life well lived           May the world I touch be more beautiful and better off for my being here.  May my life be a work of art, and may I always live as an artist at work.           May my life be a mosaic: a work of art […]

Interpretation: Translation of Life by Erwin McManus

The hard work of changing our perspective          Begin a process to investigate how you see the world. Make two lists: everything good in your life; everything bad in your life. Now examine your lists. Which list is longer? Which list came more naturally? Is it easier for you to be pessimistic or to be optimistic? […]

He is easy. Life is not.

What is the Bible? by Mark Driscoll

Why are there so many Bible translations, and how do we choose between them? Can the Bible be trusted as accurate? In this new blog series, Pastor Mark Driscoll offers a guided tour of how the Bible has been transmitted, translated, and trusted by Chr…

You can’t Lead Where you Haven’t been by Nick Lathe

Nick Lathe is the worship director for Mars Hill Sammamish. He and his band, The Dispatch, are releasing a new EP on Tuesday, August 20. (You can listen to the single here). We recently asked Nick what he wish he had known about leading wor…