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July 2011 Blog Posts (7)

The Basis of Hope

Erik Erikson, Developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst, theorized that the foundational stage of hope is basic trust versus basic mistrust. When a person looks at the world through eyes of trust versus mistrust, the world appears different and causes that person to interact in and with the world accordingly. When a person looks at the world with trust, he feels hopeful; but if the person looks at it with…

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Added by Federico Aguelo on July 29, 2011 at 10:43am — 1 Comment

Along The Way: What Did God Say To You Today?

What did God say to you today? It depends on what you were waiting for God to say. I have a friend who is so intent on seeing - I know, hearing? seeing? which is it? Just bear with me a minute, after all they're both senses we don't often get right - anyway, my friend is so intent on seeing a pileated woodpecker that after a day of birding he, "hasn't seen anything!" But meanwhile my lifelist has gotten longer with warblers, orioles, etc.

My friend wants to "get on" through the forest…

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Added by Ray Hasson on July 29, 2011 at 5:19am — 2 Comments

God Works Behind The Scenes

At the end of the Apostle Paul’s third missionary journey in Acts 21-23, Paul faces a very strange and difficult time. He had been told over and over “Do not go to Jerusalem” and since the moment he arrived, it has been a total train wreck. Paul first gave the Jerusalem church a large offering, but instead of appreciation they immediately started accusing him of wrong-doing. So Paul tries to make peace by joining a Jewish ritual, but a mob tries to kill him in the process, and the Roman…

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Added by Dave Shepardson on July 27, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

An Inspiring Read

I recommend  Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle (New York: Simon & Schuster [Free Press], 2010). It's the story of a ministry with street gangs in LA. It is very well-written and moving. Here's a quote: "Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it."

One day a former parishioner returns to visit the church on a weekday:

"Then he takes…

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Added by Sharyn Dowd on July 21, 2011 at 6:51pm — 2 Comments

The Mystery of the Seed



And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed,…

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Added by Federico Aguelo on July 14, 2011 at 9:55am — 2 Comments

Obstacles and Misunderstood Expectations

Yesterday I taught a Bible study on one of my favorite passages, Acts 16:6-9. I love this passage so much, because God uses it every time I study it to remind me of a couple of things. This is the story of Paul and his companions trying to take the gospel into western Asia, but the Holy Spirit kept putting obstacles in the way. I wonder about those obstacles . . . it's not like they were going through border checkpoints, but they KNEW that those obstacles came from God.

 

They…

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Added by Margie Williamson on July 7, 2011 at 8:24am — 1 Comment

The Power of a Day

June 27, 2011

 

The Power of the Day

 

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,…

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Added by Federico Aguelo on July 7, 2011 at 7:51am — No Comments

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