Spiritual

Love and Pain

Sunday our beloved Zoe, our four-pawed only child passed away. As my heart breaks right now at the passing of a family member, I find myself lost in feelings and contemplation. I contemplate love, and suffering. I think about the last hours with my loved one. She has so much pain...

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My New Year’s Resolution: DEEP GRATITUDE

Social scientists claim that we human beings have a “negativity bias.”  They claim that as long as things go predictably, we are reasonably positive, but we have a tendency of the mind to perceive any new input as negative. In other words, whenever a new experience or change or “new...

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A Caring Community

written by Mark Harris   Following are the results of the resent survey which we sent out assessing the quality of care you are receiving from our district community. 50 out of 114 pastors responded to this survey. (A 44% response rate) 12% rated our care as excellent 24% as very...

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Bias Toward Action

This last weekend I had a very interesting conversation with some of the guys at the Kansas Men’s Retreat on “when it’s God’s move and when it’s our move.” I wrote these words, not because I think we should ever be presumptuous, but because I think we must live by...

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Gracious God

Devotional written by Sam Rockwell, Gateway District Supervisor A.W. Tozer said, “What you think about when you think about God is the most important thing about you.” In Psalm 145, David writes of God’s majesty, “wonderous works” and miraculous provision. This Psalm is a soaring proclamation of God’s power and greatness.  Like...

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The Foundations of Personal Calling

The Foundations of Personal Calling: Sam Rockwell What makes you think you have a God-given call on your life? This is the question that Paul is responding to in the book of Galatians.  “Judaizers” have infiltrated the congregation at Galatia and have raised questions regarding Paul’s credibility and calling.  The...

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