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Eyes Up (1Jn 2:12-14)

The number one error made by drivers jockeying a fast car through a winding track is that their eyes are too low. They focus on what is just in front of them. That is a recipe for finding the in-field or outer wall. Drivers need to keep their eyes up to navigate successfully. The beloved…

Twisting Truth

They claimed a special and close relationship with God. That was a lie. It was a lie they promoted, a lie they believed and a lie that caused them to leave the Body of Christ.¬†The beloved disciple, writes a letter (i.e., 1John) to respond to those dissenters and to affirm the faithful. John reminds his…

A Keystone Habit for 2016

Her name was Lisa Allen. She had started to smoke and drink by 16, she struggled with obesity, in her twenties she was heavily in debt and couldn’t hold a job. Then things changed. She quit smoking, began exercising, lost 60 lbs, ran a marathon, completed a master’s degree and bought a house. Wow! What…

The Holy Spirit of Christmas

Luke describes her as being “filled with the Holy Spirit”. He is talking about Elizabeth, who is pregnant with the forerunner to the Messiah (we know him as John the Baptizer). What does it mean to “be filled with the Holy Spirit”? Well, first off don’t think of “being filled” in the way you think…

Are you ready to believe?

We were looking forward to high school! We were so done with Prince Charles Public School. We couldn’t wait to move on and move up. That was until the day came. The excitement was pushed aside by fear and anxiety. What we had been anticipating we weren’t ready for! The priest Zechariah had a similar…

Read Less and Read Slower

How many times have we approached reading Scripture as if it were a task that needed to be over and done with. Our eyes survey the words, verse by verse, but our mind and hearts are hardly engaged. We are skimming not soaking, we are racing not reflecting. Once the task is completed we go…

Silence and Solitude

One of the things we can do to battle ‘hurry sickness’ is to practice solitude and silence. Solitude is letting go of outer distractions so that we can be fully present with God. It includes people, plus our technology. Silence is letting go of our inner distractions. Our mental ‘to do’ lists, our excuses, our…