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Blessed Are the Peacemakers?

Blessed Are the Peacemakers?

We may (mis)use Jesus’ beatitude to be a people-pleaser, conflict-avoider, referee for other people’s conflicts, or fixer of problems. But in Matthew 5:8 Jesus is not saying, “Be a peacemaker and God will bless you.” As I explain in my booklet Jesus’ Greatest...
Blessed Are the Merciful?

Blessed Are the Merciful?

Following Dallas Willard’s line of thinking in The Divine Conspiracy, we don’t believe Jesus is saying, “Be merciful and you will be blessed.” Rather, his idea is, “As a tender-hearted person you get stepped on and burdened by people’s pain, yet the Father of mercies...
Finding Your Value in Christ

Finding Your Value in Christ

It was so embarrassing. I had a PhD in psychology but I was working as a security guard! While I was completing my degree, I had been building my psychotherapy practice, but when I was done with my schooling my client load dropped from fifteen clients a week down...
A Modern Ash Wednesday Service

A Modern Ash Wednesday Service

PRELUDEPeople are encouraged to enter in silence. Lights are dim.As people gather, words appropriate to the day appear and disappear on the screen.You can create your own presentation or find one for free online here. INVITATION TO THE OBSERVANCE OF LENTEN...
What I Do When I Feel Stupid

What I Do When I Feel Stupid

I feel stupid. Do you ever feel that way? People think I’m smart because I have a PhD in psychology and I’m blessed to have people like you listen to me. But in reality I often feel stupid. As far back as I can remember I’ve felt like I should know what to do and have...
Light in the Wilderness, Making a Lenten Rock Garden

Light in the Wilderness, Making a Lenten Rock Garden

A few years ago, some friends suggested creating a wilderness rock garden as a visual reminder of the Lenten season. I loved the idea and continue to use it year after year. WHAT YOU WILL NEED: Sand A tray At least 40 rocks, shells, etc. in a container Tealight and...