A TEACHING MINISTRY AIMED AT RESTORING IDENTITY AND PURPOSE

WHO AM I AND WHY AM I HERE?

CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS TO DO GOOD WORKS

Value of a Thing

Value of a Thing

I read a story about a man who inherited a blanket. After his grandmother died and his family members finished “pillaging” her house, he went to sift through what remained. Among her possessions was a dingy blanket no one wanted. He recalled his grandmother had used it for a birthing bed when one of the cats had kittens. He took it home and...

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High Places

High Places

My kids love to climb — trees, fences, the hood of my car, any place that isn’t the ground. The other day my wife was inspecting the roof for ice damage. It took two seconds for our four and six year old to start scaling the ladder resting against the house. I was able to talk them back down in exchange for a chance to sit on top of the shed....

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From Bad to Good

From Bad to Good

Moby Dick reminds me of God (not the whale specifically but the book). I’ve never read it though it feels like I should have by now. My son actually told me the story. His favorite part was the way Ishmael survived the shipwreck by clinging to a floating coffin. He liked how Melville used something associated with death to save a life. The coffin...

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We Are Small

We Are Small

Usually we act like we are big. We give the finger to people in cars. We kick over anthills. And we use keyboards like machine guns. Also we act like we are smart. We know how to replace livers. We know how to build tiny robots. And we know how to cut apart atoms to blow stuff up. But the truth is we are not that big and we are not that smart. We...

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Peace is Contagious

Peace is Contagious

We know viruses can spread. The threats are real. The human body is not impenetrable. And because of this we ought to heed wisdom and let love be our law. While that is all true, the bigger enemy is fear. Not just fear of something but fear in general. It seems to be a living thing. And much like a virus fear can be shared and caught. Dallas...

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The Darkness Won’t Survive

The Darkness Won’t Survive

My son broke a light bulb the other day. He wanted to test its strength. So he smacked it on the arm of the couch like a man christening a ship. In his defense, he’s four. It took half an hour to clean up the fragments. Bulbs break, but there is an eternal light. There is a flame that can’t be snuffed out. There is a power that can’t be cut off,...

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Taller than a Tower

Taller than a Tower

Years ago my son JJ was standing next to the car when he noticed a communication tower close by. He cranked his head back to study it and then turned to my wife. “Mom,” he said, “that tower is taller than Dad, right?” He wasn’t making a statement. It was a question. He was trying to verify his assessment of Dad's height in relation to the large...

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Fighting a Flood

Fighting a Flood

I was once asked to help fix a commercial toilet. The head maintenance man was offsite and thus providing instructions over the phone. Those instructions were then relayed to me. I was told to turn a large hex bolt attached to the water supply (there were two of them which turned out to be important). After the first turn, water began to drip...

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Self-preservation

Self-preservation

Self-preservation is not all bad. If you were being chased by a Velociraptor it would be helpful. Or when you’re on a plane and they tell you to secure your own oxygen mask before trying to assist others. Seems logical. But there is another type of self-preservation. It is an inner voice that says “The ship is sinking and it is every man for...

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