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No Plans to ‘Re-Open’ the Church (it never shut down)

Encouragement, The Church

Hello Friends! Hey, what do you know...the church is now #essential. What does that really mean? I've been asked about plans for re-opening the church, and I try not to be snarky in my response that "I have no plan to re-open the church." Now don't go gettin' all upset! I don't have a plan to re-open the church because the church actually never shut down. You all have stepped up into the calling of Jesus to BE the church. Yes, we have been praying about and designing a carefully thought out plan for returning to our facility. However, we will not compromise our witness or the name of Jesus by insisting we capitalize on our 'right to assemble.' Just because you can do something, doesn't mean it's a good idea. We will honor the states phased plan, and we will be ready to welcome people back into the facility in due time! In the meantime...please feel free to be kind, generous, loving and encouraging to those around you!

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Vocabulary of Lament

Spiritual Gifts, Prayer, Soul Care/Emotional Health, Encouragement

Hello friends! How are you doing? I've been asked quite a bit recently, how long do you think all this will go on? What should we do? I find it a helpful reminder that the Bible is mostly silent about how the people of God acted while in exile and slavery. We don't read much about protests and uprisings. What we do read is the vocabulary of lament. Here's a couple thoughts on Psalm 13, where the people lay five 'how long?' questions at God's listening post.

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Honeycomb Words

Soul Care/Emotional Health, Encouragement

Hello Friends! Proverbs 16:24 says gracious words are like honeycomb and are sweet to the soul. Kind words have healing power. Conversely, negative, hate-filled, poisonous words bring death... I think we see plenty of this these days. Let me challenge you to speak #honeycombwords! Are you up for the challenge. You have the power to heal with your words, not just others, but speaking words of grace will do you some good too.

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Don’t Fall for the Fool’s Choice

Race, Encouragement, Leadership

Hello friends! I'm hurting for our world right now as we collectively lament the hurt and division that is separating so many people. I want to challenge you not to be baited into thinking this is an either/or situation. When something is reduced to only two positions it's called a 'fool's choice.' You don't have to choose between saying Black Lives Matter and supporting those who serve in law enforcement. You can actually do both. Choosing one or the other only breeds more division and anger, and is not likely to bring parties together for effective dialog. Be an agent of reconciliation. Be someone who does the hard work of sitting with the pain and suffering of our black brothers and sisters. Be one who stands with those who have taken an oath to serve and protect you. Be someone who is willing to wrestle with the hard stuff in life and look for solutions. I'd invite you to take a listen...

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