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Redeeming our Forgetting – Psalm 78

We set aside a day to remember – Memorial Day – because a precious gift was given – the life of a soldier, for us – and because we humans are so forgetful.  Forgetfulness is a theme of Psalm 78, where Asaph recounts Israel’s forgetting God’s precious gift – His redemption of them out of […]

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Perhaps One of God’s Purposes Behind the Panic of 2020 . . .

We quickly learn that God is more interested in our holiness than in our comfort. He more greatly delights in the integrity and purity of his church than in the material well-being of its members. He shows himself more clearly to men and women who enjoy him and obey him than to men and women […]

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Taking Habits from the Panic of 2020

What habits would be good and right for us to exit the Panic of 2020 with? Good and right habits will be formed and shaped by a heart that is bending toward God, and by an essential stance in life that is humble – that is turned out toward others in self-forgetting love. And then, […]

Habits of Hope

We’ve been at this lockdown thing since St. Patrick’s Day – enough time to drop old habits, and pick up new ones. I therefore invite you to begin assessing the habits in your life, and make wise plans for exiting the lockdown with the right ones.  How do we determine if a habit is “right”?  […]

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Underneath Prayerlessness (Numbers 20)

I’ve never forgotten what Darrin Patrick said about prayer, in a talk he gave. Essentially, he said:  When you are having trouble praying, when you go silent on God, look for disappointment with God as the reason.  There are of course other reasons for prayerlessness:  A lack of sleep. Sometimes the best thing we can […]