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May 5

Overcoming The Fear Of Being Exposed

Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

Overcoming the fear of being exposed is one of the keys to breaking the bondage of the tricks and lies about cutting.

The Fear Of Exposure Perverts Our Thinking

“Psychologist Larry Crabb says that the primary motivation for all of our social behavior is a fear that if others really knew us as we are, they would reject us in disgust. This fear of exposure is rooted in our sense of the ugliness of our fallen natures as they have been perverted and corrupted by sin. Satan delights in inflaming this fear…”

Apr 22

Good Friday & Five Key Beliefs To Get You Through A Loss

Posted on Friday, April 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

Today is Good Friday. It’s a day of sorrow and celebration.  A day of sadness and comfort.

Here are Five Key Beliefs To Get You Through A Loss that have helped me and helped others as they grieve.

You will survive
You have a right to grieve
You don’t have to go it alone
God is good
Love never goes to waste

Good Friday is a day I feel grateful; grateful that Jesus Christ paid the penalty for my sins.  Below are some verses of Scripture to meditate on this Good Friday that help me feel grateful:

Apr 19

Torn In Pieces

Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

I raced home from TreeHouse last night excited to see my wife. Amy had been gone to see family for more than I week. I couldn’t get home fast enough.

I was, and am, thrilled to see her, but other news tempered my mood.

When I arrived I was shocked by the sudden and tragic death of Brianna Van Asch and then two hours later my friend Kari Mathisen asked if I would support her family as her great aunt passed. That news followed a week in which so many people around me grieved the loss of Abby and Michael the victims of a murder-suicide known locally as the “Festival Foods Murders”.

Apr 1

Weird Stuff – Chaska, Snakes & Satan – NOT April Fools!

Posted on Friday, April 1, 2011 in Uncategorized
TreeHouse trips have been wonderful times to build relationships and to challenge and grow together.  On one autumn trip I saw God do something inexplicable. 

One year many teens made new faith commitments. We wanted to help them grow in their faith, but we could never have prepared them for what God had in mind.

On our retreat we discussed that the world is in a battle.  A battle between good and evil.  A spiritual battle that we face when we choose to follow God.

Mar 30

Weird Stuff – Love, Fear & Paradox

Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

“…the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love…” [Psalm 33:18]

True fear and genuine love seem paradoxical; nonetheless, they are biblical.

A.W. Tozer wrote, “What comes into our minds when we think of God is the most important thing about us.”

If we could inquire of every person we happened to see on the streets of the Twin Cities, “What comes into your mind when you think of God?” we might be able to anticipate their spiritual future.

Mar 28

Weird Stuff – Sex, Porn & God

Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

I’ve worked several jobs in my life.  Twice I’ve had jobs at motels.

When I was in my early twenties I worked the graveyard shift [11pm-7am] as a desk clerk at a hotel in suburban Chicago.

Back in the day, it was known as “a no-tell motel”; the kind of seedy place people took late night dates for an hour, or so, of privacy.

I won’t tell you which motel I worked at.  Today it’s known as “the ultimate in comfort and good taste”.  There is no reason to dispute that based on my experiences from two decades ago, but it’s safe to say that when I worked there the rooms were not chosen for their “comfort and good taste.”

Mar 2

God Is Scary And Loving

Posted on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 in Uncategorized

Loving God includes being willing to allow the bright light of God’s word shine in your life. While, from personal experience I know how scary that can be, it truly is freeing to live with integrity. It’s scary living in the fear of God, but it’s amazingly freeing to rest in an awareness of your own imperfections without pretensions. It’s then that we can truly experience the wonderfulness of God’s love.

Nov 26

Will They Stop & Listen?

Posted on Thursday, November 26, 2009 in Uncategorized

In the evening when were not talking or laughing I’m “not watching TV.” Yes, the TV is on, but I am usually reading while the TV plays in the background. Somehow I can pay attention to both my reading and the TV. I’m multitasking.

Multitasking

Maybe I’m maximizing my time.

Maybe I’m increasing my productivity.

Maybe I’m lying to myself.

What I do know is that I’m dropping in on Facebook, checking an email inbox, messaging a friend or reading my RSS subs.

Tonight something changed. Right in the middle of reading a great article written by Shane Claiborne I stopped.

Nov 8

Fear Handcuffs Us

Posted on Sunday, November 8, 2009 in Uncategorized

Have you ever been handcuffed? Even for fun? It’s limiting, restrictive and a bit intimidating.

That’s how I feel about fear. Fear limits, restricts and intimidates me. And it limits, restricts and intimidates you. Doesn’t it?

What causes your fears may be different than what causes mine, but we feel the same way. God wants to free us from the handcuffs that bind us. God wants to free us to be who we were created to be:

“Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’” [Isaiah 41:10]

Nov 5

Friends Wear Less Masks

Posted on Thursday, November 5, 2009 in Uncategorized

Our Pandemic

“While the H1N1 virus has sickened tens of thousands of people and closed summer camps in a season when there should be little flu activity, it has killed far fewer than the 36,000 Americans who die from seasonal influenza each year. ”

I had not idea — no idea — that the “flu” was so deadly. I was blind to the pain and suffering that people experience.

In order to protect themselves many people defensively protect themselves with masks.