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Matthew – where we’ve been

Matthew – where we’ve been . . . Matthew 1



(We’ve had the holidays and some travel tales and now let’s get back to Matthew!)



The Gospel of Matthew was written by the Jewish tax collector turned disciple. Throughout his writing, he cites Old Testament prophecies, which Jesus fulfillfed—intended to show Jewish people in particular, that Jesus was indeed their long-awaited Messiah. He leads with the genealogy of Jesus Christ, establishing…
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Added by Christine on January 29, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Lest you be confused

Lest you be confused … let’s get on the same page.

Yesterday I ran headlong into someone who purported to be a Christian—well, maybe—yes, probably, he…

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Added by Christine on January 28, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Muslims, Jesus and Truth. January, 2015.

It happened again. The rearview mirror thing.

‘How’re you doing this cold morning?’ I asked my cabdriver. I couldn’t delay any conversation I hoped to have, as the ride was relatively short. ‘Oh, I’m fine,’ he said, as I noted his thick accent and very dark skin. ‘Where ‘you from?’ I asked. ‘Somalia,’ came his terse reply. Short on opportunity, but curious just the same, I cut right to it—‘so would you be a man of faith?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Muslim, perchance?’ I asked. And up came his right hand…

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Added by Christine on January 27, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

From the taxicab to the microphone

From the taxicab to the microphone.

Hello. podcast/radio clip in text

Isn’t it odd how you can remember a certain moment that seemed like nothing at the time—just another day--and yet in hindsight, you can see how that moment changed everything? Let me explain. Danny was a baby and I still lived in Northern California, (so 15+ years ago now), and I had gone to get my hair cut. While I waited, I pulled out my ubiquitous book, only to read something…

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Added by Christine on January 22, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Be Careful What you Wish For

Be Careful What you Wish For – January, 2015.

Sitting by the window looking out on a snowy street on my last night in downtown Chicago, taking in the pretty white lights sparkling in the trees and thinking. Been thinking about our wanting and wishing modes.

Sometimes we think, ‘oh I want [this] to happen so badly! I want the Angels to win the playoffs, right down to practically living and dying every pitch – ‘come on, Trout, you can do this!…

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Added by Christine on January 21, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

A Link in the Chain

A Link in the Chain.

Someone told me a story about a young man who lived carelessly. One day, in biology class, he was looking through a microscope, watching certain organisms that you can actually see living and dying and begetting others in a moment of time. Something about it impacted him, and he rose from the microscope and announced, “Now I see it. I am a link in the chain, and I will not be a weak link any more!”

When I sat across from Lynn the other night in…

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Added by Christine on January 20, 2015 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Take Courage

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Added by Christine on January 19, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Life without Fear

Life without Fear. 2 Timothy 1.7



This week I have been at Northwestern University taking a mediation class in order to earn a certification that I believe will prove beneficial in many ways. But can we tawk? As I looked around the room and listened to folks on Monday morning, I realized that more than half of my classmates were/are attorneys, and some of the early content made me begin to rethink my native intelligence. Nonetheless, as I have obviously continued on, and am…

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Added by Christine on January 15, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Open or Closed?

Open or Closed?

While I live in San Clemente1, I love having cause to travel to America’s big, older cities—in this case, Chicago, as I mentioned in a briefing earlier this week:…

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Added by Christine on January 14, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Sold out. January, 2015.

Sold out. January, 2015.

New Year’s resolutions seem like a good idea, but by February 6th they have often found their way to the side of the road, where we occasionally catch sight of them in our rearview mirrors. That said, I often think about spiritual formation—specifically, how I come to be the woman God envisions when he sees me as the ‘apple of his eye’1. One thing I know—God is not interested in mediocrity, so I must not be okay with it…

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Added by Christine on January 13, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Forgive, Forget, Remember

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Added by Christine on January 12, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

When you want to reach for more … here’s how

When you want to reach for more … here’s how. (New Year’s, still!)

The enemy of more is satisfaction. One of my four children is hyper competitive when it comes to athletics. (Now all of them are competitive, and they come by that quite naturally, but one is over the top.) If I could bottle his drive and sell it, I would be rich! It has been so of Dylan since he was a toddler, and remains true at almost 20 years old. He taught himself to ride his little two-wheel bicycle because Daddy…

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Added by Christine on January 9, 2015 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Passion is Compelling. John 7.37-39

Passion is Compelling. John 7.37-39

I am praying for you, you know. Praying that at the start of this New Year, you will want more …more of God in your life ~ in all ways. Paul prayed for his beloved Ephesians, “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being…” concluding with, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be…

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Added by Christine on January 8, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

It’s a New Year … ‘got courage?

It’s a New Year … ‘got courage?

Are you courageous?  Hmmm… well, how do you know?…

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Added by Christine on January 8, 2015 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

New Year’s Training ~ 2015

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Added by Christine on January 7, 2015 at 3:23am — No Comments

WHAT IF …?

WHAT IF …?



Yes . . . what if you did?



What if you really did want to grow?



What if you really did want to grow spiritually in 2015?



Any kind of growth requires training ~ the training that nets spiritual dividends most certainly would include Bible study and prayer, and should include worship of God, service, and giving. While some might stifle a yawn at the thought of Bible reading and prayer, I want to blow that notion right out of the water,…

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Added by Christine on January 5, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

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