god hunting, part 5: back to the river

Uncategorized Oct 28, 2020

“You call me out upon the waters,
     The great unknown where feet may fail
     And there I find you in the mystery…” 
           from “Oceans” by Joel Houston, Matt Crocker and 
   ...

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god hunting, part 4: archives

Uncategorized Oct 21, 2020

Last week I gave you an example of one of the ways to use the God Hunt in noting and thanking God for any obviously answered prayer.  But let me give you some recent examples of the other ways.

How about any unexpected evidence of his care?  In February at a women’s church...

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god hunting, part 3: smoke signals

Uncategorized Oct 14, 2020

How do we develop emotional and spiritual RESILIENCE, particularly in chaotic times such as these? Psychologists say that, like building muscle, it takes intentionality and practice.  They describe four core components:  building connections, fostering wellness, finding purpose,...

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god hunting, part 2: bouncing back

Uncategorized Oct 07, 2020

God has been impressing a word on my heart since the pandemic began, and that word is RESILIENCE.  What is RESILIENCE?  What is necessary for RESILIENCE?  And how do we develop true spiritual RESILIENCE?

First a definition:  RESILIENCE is the capacity to recover from...

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god hunting, part 1: river rafting

Uncategorized Sep 30, 2020

In 1997, Dave and I were a year into building a youth ministry at our former church, for kids our son’s age.  As part of our program we wanted to surround them with a community of adults and parents and use some physical challenges to echo the spiritual challenges that they would face...

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dragonfly

Uncategorized Sep 23, 2020

As the moth that
dances to the flame,
this flame itself is winged;
a shimmering translucence
of sunlight glistening
as through miniature
stained-glass windows,
the world its chapel,
the lily stalk the altar 
it returns to time and again
to curtsy in obeisance,
measuring Nones
in nanoseconds,
unaware of...

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wildfires in a pandemic

Uncategorized Sep 16, 2020

It’s three in the afternoon,
and a gloomy pall, orange and thick,
hovers overhead as in the last days
of Pompeii.
                    An unholy eclipse,
choking and burning the eyes,
cloaks already...

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backyard saturday

Uncategorized Sep 09, 2020

The world is whistling,
chittering, chattering,
twittering and humming
as a barely-breeze riffles
through trees above me:
red-tipped limbs
of eucalyptus framed
by the vibrant green
of maple leaves, and
one lone insect
glowing golden,
a minuscule helicopter
shot through with sun,
rising slowly
to lift and light...

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trees, part 2

Uncategorized Sep 02, 2020

Last week I mused that our political involvement should be as trees planted by living water…so what is living water?  Jesus said to the woman at the well, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you...

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trees

Uncategorized Aug 26, 2020

When the psalmist writes in Psalm 146, “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save.” is he saying that we are to take no interest in politics and government?  That we should trust God to mystically and magically work it all out?     ...

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