May, 2011

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Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Battle You’re In–Whether You Realize It or Not

“There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the

Breaking Down the Walls Surrounding Sunday Mornings

It was noticeably easier to keep my attention squarely focused on Jesus and His Kingdom last week. “Coincidentally,” I had taken the week off work to drive down to St. Louis and spend five days around a conference table with several other brothers in Christ, listening and responding to various speakers addressing the overall topic

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, May 29, 2011

This week’s worship service review features photos are courtesy of Gerik Parmele. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs where available. All Creatures of Our God and King – Words by Francis of Assisi (cir­ca 1225) Arrangement by David Crowder Let all things their

Living Through the Fog

I have the great privilege of meeting a lot of people through the DivorceCare class my husband, Warren, and I lead at The Crossing. In meeting these folks, I also am given the humble opportunity to hear their stories. The painful aspects of how their marriages have come undone, yes, but also the beautiful and

When Are You Most LIkely to Pray?

The answer is always the same. And it’s always wrong…kind of. Let me explain. I often ask people when they are most likely to pray or when they are genuinely drawn to pray rather than praying as an act of discipline or duty. After a few moments of reflection people usually answer something like: “I’m

Reflecting on the End that Didn’t Come

Harold Camping’s much publicized prediction that judgment day would occur on May 21st has obviously proven false. Here’s hoping that while this unfortunate situation failed accurately to herald Christ’s coming, it will provide Christians with an opportunity to think through a whole host of questions and issues. First, we’d all do well to dwell a

Eavesdropping on Prayer-Challenged Pastors

How might it change our prayer lives if we really, really believed – with every ounce of our being – that the God Who created Heaven and Earth was actually listening to every word we said? And I don’t mean “listening” in the sense of possessing a highly-distracted level of vague-but-not-urgent interest in the affairs

Songs and Scenes from Sunday, May 22, 2011

This week’s Sunday morning review features photos courtesy of Lana Eklund. You’ll find links in the song titles that will allow you to purchase recorded versions of the songs where available. Better is One Day by Matt Redman How lovely is Your dwelling place, O Lord, Almighty.For my soul longs and even faints for You.O

The Ripple Effect

Your actions and decisions affect people around you and even those who aren’t. I had the opportunity to see a man today who has had an incredible impact on me. He didn’t disciple me, mentor me, counsel me. If you totaled up the number of minutes we’ve spent conversing over the course of my life,

Got Plans for Sunday?

I’m tempted to simply ignore the onslaught of information regarding Harold Camping’s prediction that the world’s end will be this Saturday. Unfortunately there’s a large contingent of people who won’t let me. Over the past week I’ve had staff and patients at my office broach the subject with every possible emotion ranging from anger to