He Has Called Us Higher

I recently saw this image posted on my Facebook news feed. I seem to recall seeing lots of similar posts—things to the effect of: “Just hoping to make it through this Monday,” or, “Can’t wait until Friday.”Are we really that unhappy with what we are doing? Is life really that hard?Is our unsatisfactory life due to a bad work environment or tough class schedule, or is it a deeper problem? ...

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A Matter of Life and Death

As a Christian, today I am pondering what it means that Jesus was in the tomb during this time 2000 years ago. Dead. Gone. Not resurrected…yet. His whole ministry seemed to carry the undertone of two primary themes: death and life. He repeatedly said you don’t get one until you go through the other: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he ...

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Terrible as Death, Beautiful as Life

This last weekend we took 17 of our small group leaders down to Galveston, Texas, for a retreat. The weekend was called “RE-CRE8 RE-TREAT” which was meant to play on two ideas: The idea of experiencing re-creation  (or rebirth) that the Bible talks about. The other plan I had in mind was the idea of enjoying some time of recreation and hanging out on the beach. It was a weekend ...

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