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HE SHALL BE LIKE A TREE PLANTED BY THE RIVERS OF WATER.

PSALMS 1:3

Fighting Spiritual Apathy

Spiritual Apathy is not something we should ignore in our lives. Acedia is a word that we don’t use much anymore. It’s a word that is rooted in Latin and Greek and literally means lack of care. In religious terms, it is most associated with a lack of care or concern with spiritual things and became connected with the deadly sin of sloth in the 1600s. Christians in the early centuries, after the death of Jesus, would use the term to describe, laziness, apathy, and even boredom. Even in the early church, apathy was recognized as a problem.

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The Journey Toward Simplicity

Simplicity is an important but potentially elusive part of a persons faith journey. When we consider simplicity, we tend to think about it as an outward reality. We think of simplifying our lives by getting rid of possessions, by eliminating unnecessary busyness, or by scaling back our friend lists and social media feeds to shed unwanted stress or frustration. Like a lot of things connected to the practice of our faith, we assume we will change our internal state through external actions. For example, we might think that we will simplify our lives if we say “no” to adding something else to our calendar. When we say “no”, we will be less stressed because we will have less to do on our schedule.

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Jesus Displays Truth

A Pastor was once given a pie by a parishioner.  It was bad. After one taste by the family members, it was quickly tossed in the garbage.  But a few days later, as you would expect, the parishioner asked how he liked the pie. He responded, “A pie like that does not...

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Cultivate Faith

It isn’t easy to figure out how to cultivate faith. There are often many challenges that can get in the way.  When a person is just starting out on our faith journey, it can be difficult to know exactly where to begin. If a person’s faith seems like it has grown a...

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Freedom or Autonomy

I would like to share with you a word that some of you may not be familiar with, but it is one that has become very important in our world.  I want to share this word with you because it has a distant cousin which is used often. These two words, or at least their meanings, have become confused with each other in a way that is very dangerous to our culture.  The distant cousin is “freedom” and the word that is dangerous is “autonomy.”

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Developing a Consistent Prayer Life

Developing a consistent prayer life can be a challenge. It doesn’t come naturally to us to go to God with everything in prayer. Most of us know that prayer is important and that we should do it. However, we may not know exactly where to begin. Paul’s guidance in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 is to, “pray without ceasing”. Learning how to live that way isn’t easy.

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Why Go to College?

Going to college requires a great deal of sacrifice in time, work, and finances. Is it worth it? I believe a college education is a good investment for anyone who has the aptitude and commitment. Here's why: Career Preparation. This reason for a college degree...

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Contemplative Spaces

If we hope to move beyond the superficialities of our culture, including our religious culture, we must be willing to go down into the recreating silences, into the inner world of contemplation. -Richard Foster Celebration of Discipline We Are Too Busy In order to...

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