• The Story: In The Beginning…

    September 23, 2013 Agendas, The Story (Article Series)

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    “And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.”      Genesis 2:25 (NAS95)

    As The Story begins in Genesis, Adam and Eve find themselves in the midst of paradise. The verse above just might describe the pinnacle of that paradise.

    This captures the situation immediately after Eve is introduced into The Story. They were naked. And it seems to have been a good thing. Naked and unashamed.

    Yet today, nakedness tends to …


  • The Story: The Assumptions We Bring

    September 9, 2013 Agendas, The Story (Article Series)

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    Note — A busy travel schedule interrupted my writing for the Summer. As we move toward Fall, I plan to resume the writing routine of last Spring, posting a brief introduction and questions one week in anticipation of an article the following week. But rather than picking up where we left off, I want to start a new topic — “The Story”.


    Where did we come from?

    Every answer I know of can be grouped under …


  • Exploring Dependence – Walking By The Spirit

    June 10, 2013 Agendas

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    Note — In the past, I have tried to produce articles on a regular schedule. If the topic required more attention than I could give it in the time I had allotted myself, I simply broke the discussion up into several smaller pieces. However, as I came to this article, I felt it needed a more cohesive treatment than this approach allows. So, I have taken three months to produce it. It is much …


  • Exploring Dependence – What Do We Know About Walking By The Spirit?

    March 18, 2013 Agendas, Exploring Dependence (Article Series)

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    5 Steps to Walking By The Spirit

    Sounds appealing, doesn’t it?

    Many of us have been believers for more years that we care to count, and yet “walking by the Spirit” remains an nebulous concept. You would think by now, someone would have laid it out for us, step by step.

    The fact that the concept remains so mysterious to so many of us leads me to a couple of conclusions. Either everyone else is just as clueless, or it …


  • Exploring Dependence – Oblivious to the Spirit?

    March 11, 2013 Agendas, Exploring Dependence (Article Series)

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    So, if we’re a believer, we have the Spirit. And this Spirit was given to us so that we could know the mind of God — a level of communication even deeper than direct conversation. Yet we find ourselves asking how God communicates with us, fearful that the most we can hope for is guidance from documents recorded at least 2000 years ago. How is it possible for us to have the Spirit, yet be …


  • Exploring Dependence – Can We Recognize “Spiritual”?

    March 4, 2013 Agendas, Exploring Dependence (Article Series)

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    How would you define a “spiritual” person?

    For as long as I can remember, the pinnacle of the Christian journey has been to achieve  “spiritual” status. But what does that mean?

    Let’s start with our assumptions. Take a couple of minutes and write down the first things that come to mind about “being spiritual.” How would you describe a “spiritual person”?



    What scriptures can you think of that speak to the issue of being “spiritual”?



    In the passage …


  • Exploring Dependence – Knowing God’s Mind?

    February 26, 2013 Agendas

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    I have a number of coins my grandfather gave me through the years. For the most part, they were either recently minted silver dollars or reproductions of older coins; all of them encased in a special plastic holder. Each time he gave me one, I sensed he saw a value in them that eluded me. To me, they seemed to be worth about a dollar a piece.

    Today, I keep them in a safe deposit …


  • Exploring Dependence – God’s Thoughts… And Ours

    February 11, 2013 Agendas, Exploring Dependence (Article Series)

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    “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
    Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    So are My ways higher than your ways
    And My thoughts than your thoughts.     – Isaiah 55:8-9

    How do your thoughts align with God’s? Do you think like God? Do you ever try?

    In light of passages like the one above, is that a silly question?

    Clearly, although we can know of God, …


  • Exploring Dependence – The Gift of The Spirit

    February 4, 2013 Agendas, Exploring Dependence (Article Series)

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    “But wait — there’s more. If you act now, we’ll also include…”

    You probably heard enough infomercials to finish that line a hundred different ways. And although the announcer wants you to believe he’s offering an unbelievable deal, you’re not convinced there’s really anything of value in His offer.

    I suspect we sometimes treat promises like the one Jesus made the disciples in Luke 11 with a similar dose of skepticism.

    We saw the disciples come to …


  • Exploring Dependence – The Father’s Gift

    January 21, 2013 Agendas, Exploring Dependence (Article Series)

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    In high school, one of my brother’s friends owned three dogs whose names were logically connected… sort of. They were:


    I don’t know about you, but I can appreciate the wit of this. While a certain logic is evident, the third name is unexpected. And it is this surprise which makes it interesting — gives it impact.

    I want to return to our exploration of dependence and Jesus teaching the disciples how to pray like Him …