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As Good As It Gets?

Number of years ago, I watched the movie, As Good As It Gets. It stars Jack Nicholson as a writer with obsessive compulsive disorder. He is a man of great accomplishments but miserable in his life and miserable to be around! There is a scene where he bursts into his therapist’s office, literally screaming for…

Who Is My Neighbor?

As we enter this holiday season beginning with Thanksgiving, our attention naturally goes to our family and friends. We think about celebrations with people we know and love. That’s right and good but we may unintentionally exclude people who cross our paths but just don’t fit the busy agenda… people who nonetheless are in need….

Freedom to Love

I have been thinking a great deal about how people relate to one another in this cultural moment… thinking about the tension and power plays between the political parties… between faith communities… between men and women… between the races. My own observation is that I see both the abuse of power and injustice on one…

Sons of God

Greetings! Welcome back to our video devotional series for Aberdeen Heights and Safe Harbor. My hope and prayer is that these brief messages will not simply be encouraging to you but help you see more of who God is and experience the deep love He has for you. I have been teaching through the book…

Remembering the Saints

I wanted to talk about a date on the church calendar… November 1st… All Saints Day. As the church in the West began to grow and age, many believers were remembered for their service and suffering. Their example served as an inspiration to the community of faith. Special days to commemorate these heroes in the…

Manipulation Is Not a Spiritual Gift

“17 They make much of you, but for no good purpose. They want to shut you out, that you may make much of them.” Galatians 4:17 For many years, I struggled to understand what Paul was talking about in this passage. And most translations have not helped me put my head around the verse. But recently,…

Constructive Competition

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can…

God Has Purpose in Our Pain

One of the persisting questions I get as a pastor is the problem of pain and suffering. Heartbreak. Estrangement. Accidents. Natural disasters. Disease. Death. Why does God allow it? Does He not love us… love me? Is this suffering somehow my fault? One frequent answer is that God will use this pain somehow soon for…

“How Long Will We Grovel and the feet of… Power?”

A lifetime ago, I was steeped in the Contemporary Christian Music world and followed closely the output of Michael W. Smith. Late in my following of him, he put out the Go West, Young Man album and the song How Long Will Be Too Long? One of the first lines in the song is: “Tell…

Beginning a Tough Conversation About the Church

Talking about family is a complicated thing. We are connected to them… like it or not. We come from them. We owe them much of who we are. We love them. And yet the relationships are tangled and frustrating. But to talk about this frustration openly would seem like… a betrayal. So we avoid the…

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