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The God of New Beginnings

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There are three types of people when it comes to entering a new year. First we have the cynic who has been around the block before and does not get much excitement from a new say on the calendar. Second we have the fool who is so naive that he thinks he can achieve the impossible as long as he...

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The Beauty of Dying to Self

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Every year in the Pacific Northwest we are treated to an array of exploding color flying from the branches of our many deciduous trees. Maples, Cottonwoods, Alders, Pacific Madrones, and Birch trees remind us to look up from our phones and marvel at the beauty of creation. David Lee, professor...

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God's Heart for the Poor

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Since this week our youth are serving the poor in Seattle I thought it would be valuable to remind ourselves what Scripture says about God’s heart for the poor. Where did poverty come from? Poverty was not part of God’s original design for his creation. When God made the world, he...

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Love Your Neighbor

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There was an interesting article in the LA Times about a loneliness crisis on University campuses. It was written by Varun Soni who is Dean of Religious Life at USC. He writes, "When I arrived at USC 11 years ago as Dean of Religious Life, my pastoral conversations with students mostly focused...

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How to Forgive Others

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A Preliminary Understanding of Forgiveness It is ironic that right after studying forgiveness I found myself counseling a friend about forgiveness in his marriage. And then, the following week, I had to ask for forgiveness in my own marriage. No one escapes this need to be forgiven. And all of...

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The Gospel According to Glass

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The Gospel According to GLASS Genesis tells us that when God made humanity he made us in his image and likeness. As a result of this profound truth, we believe we can find God's truth and wisdom streaming out of our movie theaters, our novels and even our rock shows, because every artist...

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The Power of Love

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Here in Seattle we have been hit with a heavy snow fall this week. It resulted in a snow-day for my five kids. They love it. As we struggled to dig a path for our cars to leave the driveway it struck me that trying to get rid of snow is like trying to get rid of our moral shortcomings. You can...

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Parenting With God's Word

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If you want to know what it looks like to parent your children according to God’s word, look to Jesus. He often called his disciples “children” (Mark 10:24, Matthew 9:2).  If looked at from this angle, His life gives us many concrete ways we can help our kids “grow...

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Pray Without Ceasing

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Pray Without Ceasing This is what we are told to do in Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians. It means that there are at least two types of prayer Retreat Prayer and Regular Prayer. Retreat Prayer is when you set aside large chunks of time to focus solely on prayer. Jesus did this kind of...

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The Gospel According to A Tale of Two Cities

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Because every screenwriter, author, musician and producer is made in the Image of God you can often find inklings of this Christian message in the stories that they write and the art they create. Charles Dickens is no exception. In Dickens' famous novel, A Tale of Two Cities, a masterful work of...

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