Confessions Of A Closet Christian: Why Do We Worry?

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[display_podcast] I think I follow a bit of a God pattern.  Here’s what it looks like: I work myself up into a tizzy.  This is usually very melodramatic as no one has died, but rather plans – my plans – have changed. I freak out in my tizzy.  This usually happens at a speed of 0-60 and sends me into stern-worded rants, ugly crying, and the mass consumption of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream along with a dozen cookies. I realize God is supposed to be some sort of Mastermind, so I decide to put my wh … [Read more...]

Ouxano 63: 1 Samuel part 10 – God, Give Us What We Want!

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[display_podcast] In 1 Samuel 8, we transition to the Israeli people’s request for a human king:As Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons to be judges over Israel. 2 Joel and Abijah, his oldest sons, held court in Beersheba. 3 But they were not like their father, for they were greedy for money. They accepted bribes and perverted justice. Now, remember that we discussed this subtheme throughout Samuel of father/son relationships and leadership.  Several examples are given, including this one … [Read more...]

To The Churches 21: God Is On the Move – in Paris, France – Part 2

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God is on the move in Paris, France.  In the is week’s video podcast, I sit down with my good friend and missionary Joe Schlie.Joe is an American who has been living in Paris and doing full-time ministry for ten years with his wife and three children.  He’s the City Leader for Agape France Ministries.  For more information about the ministry, check out www.agapeparis.org.First off, Joe offers a little “insiders tip” for American tourists visiting France.  There’s a gorgeous park just sout … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Closet Christian: Why Does God Feel Like A Product I Have To Sell?

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When I invite someone to church, I get uncomfortable.  In fact, the word “invite” needs to be interpreted loosely.  I rarely have the courage to ask somebody to go to church with me. I’d rather throw up my breakfast. – eggs and all. Most of the time, I don’t even really invite them.  I merely mention my church one too many times and they ask if they can come check it out. This has got to be the work of the Holy Spirit – because Lord knows it’s not due to my own words or efforts. And the Holy … [Read more...]

The E3 Partner’s Expedition Podcast 3: Rick In Calcutta & Andreas in Costa Rica

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[display_podcast] Rick shares his story from Calcutta, India:The Bengali people are the sixth largest unreached people group in the world.   300 million Bengalis call the region of West Bengal home.  Needless to say, there are A LOT of people there needing to know who Jesus is, and the response that we received when we spent time with them showed that there is indeed a hunger for God in that part of India.  We witnessed over 1,600 professions of faith, helped plant seven new churches in the … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 44: Living From the Heart, part 7 – Boundaries

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[display_podcast] Have you ever made a choice and when the outcome wasn’t so good, blamed the results of your poor choice on someone else?    Boundary violations are about not taking responsibility for our own choices and trying to lay the responsibility of those choices on someone else.How often do we use the phrase, “I HAD to”, or “HE made me do it.”   Whom are we blaming for the circumstances of our lives? Many of us are afraid to set boundaries in our lives for fear of making the wr … [Read more...]


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