Category Archives for In the Presence

Give us today our daily…

As much as I’ve looked into all this, ‘one offs’ don’t last.  There are lots of metaphors to use:  we are ‘leaky’ vessels, so when we drink of God’s love and truth it leaks though the cracks and needs consistent … Continue reading

12. October 2016 by Greg
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Advent: Community Gift Exchanges

When it comes to revealing Jesus’ birth, God does something I’ve seen him do many times: tell multiple people. He talks to Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary and Joseph about what is going to happen in and through them. But, he … Continue reading

20. December 2015 by Greg
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Advent: That’s not my Jesus

Every time Joy, our 3 year old, comes back from the library she’s got another version of “That’s Not My Pony (or Kitty, Dog, Bear, Meerkat…)” “touchy-feely books” published by Usborne. The narrative is set up as if the child/reader … Continue reading

06. December 2015 by Greg
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Advent Continued: Heads Up

Do you notice how God tells people involved in Jesus’ birth what is going to happen before it happens? ‘Heads up’, ‘Get ready’, ‘Be alert’ I’m about to do something. Have you ever experienced this in your life? Throughout Advent … Continue reading

02. December 2015 by Greg
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Advent: When God Shows Up

I love Advent. It is all about expectancy that God is near. Typical for the church calendar, for the big days (i.e. Christmas and Easter) there is some build-up. We look back to when God came near–a baby born right … Continue reading

29. November 2015 by Greg
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Joy…

For the last several decades researchers have aimed to measure and identify what makes people happy.  The general conclusions:  it’s not the extrinsic stuff like wealth, popularity and influence.  More important are relationship, care of others, variety in experiences of … Continue reading

29. September 2015 by Greg
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What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

Panic?  Especially when the pressure is on because a decision needs to be made either quickly or well because the stakes are high.   Go with your gut?  Think it through?  Seek help?  Embrace the uncertainty and mystery, shrug your shoulders … Continue reading

18. September 2015 by Greg
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In the Presence: wave after wave

In the Presence…[attempting a practical look at experiencing God in everyday life:  relax, look, listen, receive, react, repeat]  I think we can all experience God more in everyday life in ways unique to each of us.  This usually involves learning … Continue reading

17. November 2014 by Greg
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Oops I lost my peace…

I’ve got this principle that the sooner you look for something after you’ve lost it the easier it is to find it.  You can retrace your steps easier because you actually remember where you were the last time you had … Continue reading

30. January 2014 by Greg
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