Standing out is fun...and risky

Who are you becoming?

We circulate resumés that chronicle what we have accomplished, not who we have become. ~Ortberg Who are you becoming?

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Sacrifice

Refuse to Surrender

We have no control over the status of our birth or the genetic configuration that makes someone a prodigy or a genius, but we all have the opportunity to step into life’s circumstances and refuse to surrender to the mundane. We can bring meaning to every moment in every circumstance. ~McManus

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Love is in the Air

Only God’s Love

God has created you and me with a heart that only God’s love can satisfy. And every other love will be partial, will be real, but limited, will be painful. And if we are willing to let the pain prune us, to give us a deeper sense of our belovedness, then we can be as […]

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Were You Once More Than Now?

We all-men and women-were created in the image of God. Fearfully and wonderfully made, fashioned as living icons of the bravest, wisest, most stunning Person who ever lived. Those who have ever seen him fell to their knees without even thinking about it, as you find yourself breathless before the Grand Canyon or the Alps […]

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Knowing Your Faith

Work of the Cross

The very presence of God was hidden from humankind behind a veil and only one man, a priest, could enter into that place once per year as a representative for all of man.  That veil was torn when Christ died, exposing all of God’s presence to man directly.  God exposing Himself and saying that you […]

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Time and Again

Be ALIVE

John Eldredge challenges: Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself, “what makes you COME ALIVE?” and go do that. For what the world needs is men and women who are fully alive. Irenaeus is quoted as saying, “all men die, but few really live.”

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A cuppa joe

God’s Good Pleasure

Manning says, “Our puny works do not entitle us to barter with God. Everything depends upon His good pleasure.”

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Decaying Desert Barn

Desire

Pondering Clouded thoughts drift by Wandering Trails barren under azure sky Dreaming Hopes buoy the soul and mind Desiring Heart’s passions come alive

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Starts September

We are pleased to announce a new CounterPoint men’s gathering is starting in September. After taking a season to pursue other situations and a time of rest it is time to lay hold the guidon and press forward.For those who have not participated in a CounterPoint gathering let me simply say…this is NOT yo-momma’s-men’s-group. I heard […]

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I Was Just Thinking

Rebooting

It is time to start blogging again after several years on hiatus.  Reasons are long, complex and boring….mostly internal personal life stuff…so we pick up and move on.  All of the previous posts have been set aside, although I retain the right to re-visit, revise, re=post as the winds blow.  I currently retooling the site, such […]

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True Service to the Community

True Service to the Community Have you ever served the church but you heart was not really in it? Have you sensed a “loyalty oath” in the pressure exerted upon you to serve in some capacity of the church? Have you ever coined your service as a “duty”? I know I have, on all counts. […]

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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…