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“We’re in a tight spot”

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Don’t hate me, but one of my favorite movies is “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”  It is set in the depression era Deep South and based loosely on Homer’s Odyssey. Many people say that I look just like one of the main actors. If you’ve been listening to me very long, you’ve undoubtedly heard me quote the movie. There are so many one-liners to choose from! The story unfolds as three escaped convicts try to evade capture and break up a wedding. While in a burning barn and surrounded one night, one character utters these immortal words:  “We’re in a tight […]

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Locked doors

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Revelation 3:20 is one of the most famous Bible verses that we often incorrectly associate with evangelism:  “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” The interesting thing about this verse is the context. It was written to warn believers who had drifted away from a close relationship with the Lord. The Lord Jesus desires to be with us. But sometimes, we drift away. Sometimes we lock the doors of our hearts and lives, and we don’t let Him […]

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Update on regathering and special business meeting announcement from the Church council

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Greetings everyone, I’m back in the office this morning after a week of staycation and wanted to pass along some important information for y’all coming out of last Sunday afternoon’s church council meeting. Rescheduled regathering for 9/6/2020 In light of current and ongoing COVID-19 conditions in Pima County, the council has decided to reschedule our regathering from August 2nd to September 6th. This means that we will continue with live stream only for all Sunday school and worship services until then.  The church council has also formed a Safety team and tasked the team to prepare a written COVID policy in order […]

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But it might be a train

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“I can see a light at the end of the tunnel, but it might be a train!” How many of y’all have ever felt this way? How many of y’all are feeling this way about life in 2020 right now?  It could be very easy to assume that nothing is going to change. That “normal” will never be the same again. And when we start thinking this way, it becomes very easy to lose hope! But we can’t. We can’t live without hope.  Even in the face of grief or suffering or sickness or hardship. Even in the face of […]

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“Well it’s just 2020”

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I saw a meme the other day that said that “2020” is going to be the new buzzword when anything goes wrong. Car broke down? “That’s so 2020!” Trouble at work? “That’s so 2020!” Relationship not working out? “2020!” Stress eating? “2020!” Whatever happens, we’re tempted to just say “2020” and move on. But we can’t. Not if we want to survive. Every time we take another hit without processing through it, sooner or later it will come back to haunt us. Grief is a very real and very deadly thing. And if we don’t process through it, it’s like putting another rock in a backpack […]