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Wilderness Lessons - Lesson 2

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Lesson 2: The wilderness is a place of intimacy with GodThough many people often point to the violence found in the Old Testament, I believe that at its core it is a love story. The love story is between God and the people of ancient Israel. It describes a marital relationship (This is also true...

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Wilderness Lessons - Lesson 1

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Lesson 1: God is at home in the wildernessWhat surprised me most when I first went to Israel was how rocky and desert like it was. In fact, seventy per cent of Israel is desert. Another word for desert in the Bible can be “wilderness.” The patriarchs Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and...

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Loss Lessons - Lesson 7

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Lesson 7: It is appropriate to move forward with your life David Kessler shares that as he was grieving the loss of his son, a colleague (and fellow loss survivor) said to him, “I know that you are drowning right now. You will keep sinking for a while. There will come a point when...

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Loss Lessons - Lesson 6

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Lesson 6: There is life after death One of our main tenets as Christians is the confidence in life after death. We see Christ’s own resurrection as a first fruit and guarantee of that life. Paul writes about resurrection in I Corinthians 15 and tells the Philippians that death for...

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Loss Lessons - Lesson 5

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Lesson 5: Ask a Different Question Three months ago we were in a car wreck as someone ran a stop sign and pulled out in front of us as we were going 70 mph. Fortunately, no one died. We went to the ER and were released hours later. The other driver ended up in the ICU. Our car was totaled...

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Loss Lessons - Lesson 4

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Lesson 4: Grief comes in wavesElizabeth Kubler Ross wrote a ground breaking book in 1969 where she discussed her working theory on the five stages of grief: denial, anger, depression, bargaining and acceptance. It has become fashionable to attack her work - especially the sequential listing of...

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Loss Lessons - Lesson 3

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Lesson 3: Grief must be witnessed This past week I had chance to share with pastors who will be moving to new Methodist churches on July 1. A year ago I sat in their place. One of the things I chose to talk with them about was the grief you experience when you change churches. One could...

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Loss Lessons - Lesson 2

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Lesson 2: Grief is complicated I can still remember the scene from a funeral home years ago where I was officiating a service. When it came time to leave for the graveside service the widow climbed into the open casket and refused to leave her deceased husband. I learned a valuable lesson that...

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Loss Lessons - Lesson 1

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Lesson 1: Loss is inevitableWe live in a time of great loss. We are experiencing loss of life, loss of employment and loss of missed opportunities (graduation, proms,trips) and the loss of a sense of security in our world. For the next several Mondays I would like to share some observations on...

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Hospitality in the Gospel of John - Week 10

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Week 10- “who sinned....that he was born blind?” John 9:2As we conclude our journey through hospitality in John, we come to a story which could be viewed as a comedy if it weren’t so tragic. John 9 tells the story of a man born blind. The good news is that Jesus heals him; the...

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