Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Joy of Scandal


To be honest, I liked this far more than I expected going in. Then again, knowing nothing about the author, I was expecting a book coming out of a “bunker mentality.” Thankfully, this (and he) is nothing of the sort. … Continue reading

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Lay Down Your Future: a small-group session


This  session is based upon the following past devotionals—refer back, or forge ahead at yr discretion (the one place you’ll need to re-read is hyperlinked): Lay Down Your Anxiety Lay Down Your Doubt Lay Down Your Goals Lay Down Your … Continue reading

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…Because He First Loved Us


The premise of William Smith’s latest book is a simple but profound one: We can only love others as well as we can receive and recognize Jesus’ love for us. The rest of the book is a matter of learning … Continue reading

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Lay Down Your Fears


A great deal of the sin in our lives is little more than a lame attempt to “protect” ourselves from the possibility of being sinned against. Whether it’s a pre-emptive strike or a full-scale retreat, we’ll do just about anything … Continue reading

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It’s a Church PLANT, Not a Church PLAN


If you know anything about me, you know that church plants are near and dear to my heart. And if you know anything about church plants, you know that no two are alike, no matter what books on church planting … Continue reading

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Lay Down Your Expectations


Rather than attacking this idea from the front—and our previous rumination on goals and plans hit on many of the ideas inherent in this idea already—I’d like to approach today’s meditation from a different angle. Over the last several years, … Continue reading

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Lay Down Your Goals


Let’s return to the idea of us “taking things out of God’s hands” through our own control issues—and specifically, through the plans and goals we lay out for ourselves. There’s nothing wrong with having plans and goals for our lives. … Continue reading

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