January 21, 2013

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Glimpses of the dream

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today….little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys […]

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December 17, 2012

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In the Midst of Our Sheep Stuff

Ever since I was a child, I’ve always loved Christmas.  I loved singing carols, decorating the Christmas tree, drinking eggnog, watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and It’s a Wonderful Life for the hundredth time, and especially being with my family. Though I wasn’t born until the early 1970’s, my grandparents always put up their silver tree from […]

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December 12, 2012

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Blue Christmas….Where’s Elvis when you need him?

With Elvis singing, even a Blue Christmas almost seems fun.  If only we could all have a nice guitar strumming and background singers saying “woo woo hoo” or whatever phrase that is, to help us through a tough holiday season and get us through the blues. Last week, I read someone’s Facebook status that said […]

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December 5, 2012

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Anticipating & Expecting vs. Merely Attempting

It was the beginning of the second half for game six of the 2012 Western Conference Finals and the capacity crowd at Chesapeake Arena was full of anticipation. To this point in my life, it has to be the most amazing sporting event that I’ve ever had the privilege of attending in person. Though the […]

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November 6, 2012

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Crazy Idea

The last few weeks,  I have had this idea, this crazy idea.  It’s an idea that was birthed when I came back with a church camp type “high” from a visit to the House of Prayer Church of the Nazarene in Cali, Columbia to the realities of life in America and it’s intense, polarizing and […]

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October 14, 2012

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The Day of Small Things – Part I

Just over two weeks ago, I was in a football (soccer) stadium in Cali, Columbia surrounded by approximately 35,000 people. That Friday night included a lot of laughter, great music and a testimony of God’s grace which ended with over 2,000 deciding to follow Jesus as their savior. During one of the last songs, I […]

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August 23, 2012

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A Dirty Ditch Transformed into a New River – The Power of Vision

I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs.  –  Isaiah 41:18 He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs                   […]

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April 8, 2012

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Sacrificial Kiss

The following post is from a rough draft of a key chapter for a book that’s been on my heart to finish writing for years.  I finally made progress this past year but there is still a ways to go.  If I ever get it published, it may look quite differently than what is posted […]

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April 7, 2012

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From the Home Office in Kerak, Jordan: “Philip’s Top Ten Communion Experiences”

OK,  I admit it!  If you don’t know by now I’m a little strange and just a bit of a dork.  As I mentioned yesterday, in my blog about “My Favorite Meal” (http://wp.me/p24qvW-34 ), I’ve learned to love the Lord’s Supper over the years.  In fact, it’s so special to me that I even have […]

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April 6, 2012

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Chocolate Carmel Matzah bread……My favorite meal

Tired of stale and boring communion bread?   Feeling a need to add a little bit of pizzazz to your next Eucharist Celebration?   Then you need to try our new Chocolate Carmel Matzo bread!   After all, just because it’s unleavened doesn’t mean that it can’t be FUN! For a limited time and a special price you […]

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