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When You Hustle for Your Perfect Life and Still Don’t Feel Like Enough
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When You Hustle for Your Perfect Life and Still Don’t Feel Like Enough

“Perfectionism says, ‘It’s not enough.’ Gratitude says, ‘It’s more than enough.’ “Perfectionism says, ‘I’m lacking.’ Gratitude says, ‘I’m living in abundance.’ “Perfectionism says, ‘God is holding out on me.’ Gratitude says, ‘God is good and gracious.’ “Perfectionism says, ‘I must try harder and go farther.’ Gratitude says, ‘I will be fully present in this moment.’” […]

“Stressed Out”
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“Stressed Out”

“We used to play pretend, give each other different names. We would build a rocket ship and then we’d fly it far way. Used to dream of outer space and now they’re laughing at our face saying, ‘Wake up you need to make money’ yeah. Wish we could turn back time to the good old […]

Goodness – The Vulnerable Fruit of the Spirit
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Goodness – The Vulnerable Fruit of the Spirit

Leader: God is good all the time. Response: All the time God is good. We say this often. Sometimes with exuberance. Yet sometimes we don’t believe it. Some of us never believe it. Because how can God be good when my life hurts so much? How can there be any good in me because I […]

Good Deeds Just Don’t Matter
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Good Deeds Just Don’t Matter

I have always struggled with having a deeds oriented mindset and struggling with the thought of “Maybe people will like me more, or love me more if I do more good deeds.” Or even more dangerous, “Maybe God will love me more if I do more good deeds.” Why does our society think that you have […]

We Are Cracked (But That is How the Unearned Love Gets Out)
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We Are Cracked (But That is How the Unearned Love Gets Out)

I believe everyone’s faith grows from memory to memory. It’s not the powerful sermons that mark our faith journey (yes, even my powerful sermons which are the best ever given do not serve as spiritual markers) or the worship music or the Bible study. We mark our faith from memory to memory—whether those memories are […]

We Leak.  But That is How the Unearned Love Gets Out
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We Leak. But That is How the Unearned Love Gets Out

Part 1. This reminds me of a sermon illustration I “borrowed” way back in the early 1980s. It was a short story about a guy who came forward to the alter call week after week. Each week this guy would wail before God asking for mercy. One week one of the pew sitters who was […]

About Your Trying and Trying and Trying
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About Your Trying and Trying and Trying

My first message I ever gave was in 1981 on 1 Timothy 4:8-9. I was 18 years old. And it was a good one. I have used it over and over and over again. I cleverly created a spiritual workout which included things like “sit ups” as in sit up in church and “lift weights” […]