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Becoming Imitators Ephesians: Becoming Who You Are November 27, 2022 It has been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. The idea behind this proverb has been around for centuries, but it was first popularized by English author Charles Caleb Colton who included it in a book of axioms and essays published in 1820. The word imitate mea…
 
Becoming Righteous Ephesians: Becoming Who You Are November 20, 2022 In March of 2020 the world turned upside down and inside out. ‘Normal’ was redefined and daily rhythms reworked as we figured out how to do school from home, order groceries online, attend church via livestream, and of course, attempt to work remotely, surrounded by all the chaos.…
 
Becoming United Ephesians: Becoming Who You Are November 13, 2022 I love a good musical. My favorite is probably Singin’ In the Rain... or Seven Brides For Seven Brothers... or... My Fair Lady (which I get to see in Portland with my daughter next Spring!) ...there are just so many good ones! Another that would land in my top ten would be The Music …
 
Becoming Rooted Ephesians: Becoming Who You Are November 6, 2022 If you’ve been around here very long, you know that I’m a sunshine and blue skies kind of guy. Summer is my favorite time of year. I am thankful that, for the most part, our typical rainy fall weather didn’t kick in until the end of October this year. Which made for a beautiful fall. …
 
Becoming One Ephesians: Becoming Who You Are October 30, 2022 September 1938. Tension as thick as the London fog hung heavy over the city. Less than one generation away from the horrors of World War One, Britain teetered on the edge of yet another war. Six months earlier, Hitler had annexed Austria, laying claim to everyone and everything that coul…
 
Ephesians: Becoming Who You Are October 23, 2022 Tony Merida, in his commentary on the book of Ephesians. recounts the story of eclectic English philosopher Jeremy Bentham, who lived from 1748-1832. Merida writes, “He was an interesting figure in more ways than one. In Bentham’s will he apparently left a fortune to a London hospital. But there was …
 
Becoming Secure Ephesians: Becoming Who You Are October 16, 2022 I would wager to guess that just about everyone watching this video has looked in a mirror at least once today. Imagine if you crawled out of bed one morning and, after making your way to bathroom, looked in the mirror and discovered that your reflection was distorted – like the image…
 
Healthy Correction: Stop Being So Nice Wired: Brain Science & Spiritual Growth October 9, 2022 In Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s novel, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Alice asks the Cheshire Cat, “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” The cat replies, “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” Good point…
 
Group Identity: What Kind Of People Are We? Wired: Brain Science & Spiritual Growth October 2, 2022 If you’ve ever driven Interstate 5 on an autumn Saturday in the Willamette Valley, you know that the freeways are often filled with vehicles decked out in the colors of the Oregon State Beavers or the Mighty Oregon Ducks. Beaver fans in black and ora…
 
Hesed: Our Relational Glue Wired: Brain Science & Spiritual Growth September 25, 2022 It was invented by accident in 1942. Working with a team of researchers, Dr. Harry Coover was experimenting with chemicals known as cyanoacrylates. They were working to create a clear plastic that could be used for precision gunsights by soldiers in WW II. As they…
 
Joy Wired: Brain Science & Spiritual Growth September 18, 2022 Joy. Oh joy. Joy is what brings us together today. I’ve got joy. Joy, joy, joy, joy... down in my heart. Waaaaay down in my heart. That’s where I keep it. I’m saving it for a rainy day. It’s tucked away, safe and sound. You never know when you might need it and I don’t want to run out. …
 
How Do People Grow? Wired: Brain Science & Spiritual Growth September 11, 2022 Gardening season in our area is coming to a close. The skies have been a little dusty lately as farmers across the Willamette Valley have been harvesting crops and mowing fields. The local fruit stands are filled with late summer produce; and for those who enjoy preservi…
 
Final Words Harnessing the Power of Words September 4, 2022 If the search engine results on ‘Famous Last Words’ are any indication, there is an enormous fascination with the final utterances of those who have died. So, what’s the big deal with last words? We spend all day, every day, speaking, thinking, and listening to words. From meaningless chat…
 
Can We Talk? Harnessing the Power of Words August 28, 2022 Imagine with me for a moment... You’re short on time. You’re leaving, parting ways, it’s hasta la vista, baby. Could be that you’re just headed to bed or taking off on a weekend road trip; maybe you’re moving to another part of the country or a different one altogether; or perhaps you know …
 
Close The Gap Harnessing the Power of Words August 21, 2022 The purpose of a bridge is to allow people or cargo easy passage over an obstacle by providing a route that would otherwise be incredibly difficult or impossible. The obstacle might be small, like a creek or stream, or it could be something larger; a deep canyon like the Royal Gorge in Col…
 
Careless Words Harnessing the Power of Words August 14, 2022 I think I’m pretty good with words. I’m an avid reader, which has helped me develop a good vocabulary. But recently I ran across an article from Reader’s Digest titled 100 Funny Words You Probably Don’t Know. Ok... challenge accepted. Let’s see if you know any of these... Octothorpe. You …
 
You Don't Say Harnessing the Power of Words August 7, 2022 Fifty years ago this month, the Disney classic Bambi was released. In the movie, Thumper, Bambi’s little rabbit sidekick, says a line that’s become rather famous. In fact, it’s actually called The Thumper Rule. I’m sure you’ve heard it, even if you didn’t see the movie! Maybe your mom said …
 
When Dreams Can't Come True Love, Dates & Heartbreaks July 31, 2022 I’ve never met a kid who didn’t have a dream or two, or twelve, for their future. Even if they can’t put it into words; even if their answer to the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is “I don’t know,” at some level they DO know that they want what every child wan…
 
Groundhog Date Love, Dates & Heartbreaks July 24, 2022 You’ve probably heard it said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Humans are creatures of habit. Those habits we live by can either be good ones; or, as is often the case, they can be not-so-good ones. The development of …
 
Five Rules For Dating Love, Dates & Heartbreaks July 17, 2022 It seems as if there are rules about absolutely everything. Every family has their own household rules. Things like, “If you made the mess, you clean it up.” Or, “No cell phones at the dinner table.” Maybe, “Homework before screen time.” You know what I mean. Every sport has rules. There…
 
The Fine Print Love, Dates & Heartbreaks July 10, 2022 Between the German fairy tales written by the Brothers Grimm and classic Disney princess movies, the phrases “Once upon a time...” and “...they lived happily ever after” have pre-disposed generations of girls and boys to believe that happy endings require only a little bibbity bobbity boo and a…
 
The Right Person Myth Love, Dates & Heartbreaks July 3, 2022 How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach... These opening lines of Sonnet 43 are often wrongly attributed to Shakespeare. But William didn’t have a monopoly on the writing of sonnets or the topic of love. Sonnet 43, more …
 
Giving Peace Away Peaceless: Finding Peace in a Peaceless World June 26, 2022 After the last couple of years, most of us have become hyper-sensitive to the thought of being ‘contagious.’ No matter what you believe about the source of Covid, the government response to Covid, masks, quarantines, lockdowns, and vaccinations, I think we can all agree t…
 
Growing Peace Within Peaceless: Finding Peace in a Peaceless World June 19, 2022 The Willamette Valley in Oregon is known as the grass seed capital of the world. Not so good news for those of us who suffer with allergies to grass pollen, this time of year can be downright miserable! But did you know that the Willamette Valley is perhaps the most di…
 
Aligning For Peace Peaceless: Finding Peace in a Peaceless World June 12, 2022 When we use the word ‘true,’ we most often use it to mean the opposite of ‘false.’ But like many words in our English language, ‘true’ has more than one meaning. In the construction world, ‘true’ means that everything is lined up correctly. All of your lines should be pe…
 
What Is Peace? Peaceless: Finding Peace in a Peaceless World June 5, 2022 We all want it, but you can’t just order it from Amazon or pick it up at the store on your way home from work. In fact, you can’t buy it, but it can be stolen; you can’t borrow it, but you can make it! Once you’ve got it, keeping it can be a challenge. Do you know what it is?…
 
Resurrection & Transformation The Gospel of John May 29, 2022 Most people are resistant to change. Granted, there are a few of you weirdos out there who get excited about it; but most of the time that excitement is due to the fact that you are the one facilitating or initiating the change. For the most part, we are rhythmic creatures who prefer fam…
 
The Cross The Gospel of John May 22, 2022 The odds are good that you have at least one. Most people do. Studies show that 8 out of 10 Americans have them and most frequently keep them in their kitchens. But it’s not unique to us...people in other countries and cultures have them as well. What is it? The infamous junk drawer. A whole myriad of thing…
 
Guilt & Grace The Gospel of John May 15, 2022 The non-stop clamor for justice from every corner of society, every country around the world, dominates the headlines of news sources every day. According to vocabulary.com “Justice is the quality of being just or fair. Super heroes fight for justice because they want everything to be fair and not let t…
 
An Emotional Time The Gospel of John May 8, 2022 I’m sure you’ve seen them before. Although most of us tend not to really notice them until we’re in a desperate situation. They’re those “In case of emergency, break glass” boxes. Sometimes they have a fire hose inside; most just have an alarm button or lever to pull. However, fire is not the only em…
 
Relationships The Gospel of John May 1, 2022 What time did you get up this morning? Did you hit the snooze button or hop out of bed right away? Did you check Facebook first thing or the weather? Look at your calendar or read your Bible? What color shirt did you pick out of your closet? Was it eggs and bacon for breakfast or coffee and toast? Did yo…
 
Humility and Heart The Gospel of John April 24, 2022 What was the last promise you made to someone? We make little promises all the time without really giving it a second thought. You might agree to a task or errand, commit to a meeting or appointment, or something bigger like signing a contract or agreement. All of these, in one way or another, ar…
 
Twelve Feet of Separation The Bad Boys of Easter April 17, 2022 In an online article from The Atlantic, author Ed Yong tells a story that illustrates an important truth. He writes, “At some point, a kauri tree fell in a New Zealand forest and no one noticed. Nor did anyone pay attention when the remnant of its trunk rotted away, leaving behind a st…
 
The Pretender The Bad Boys of Easter April 10, 2022 Back in the late 90’s there was an American television drama called The Pretender. Maybe you’re familiar with it. The storyline revolved around a young man named Jarod; a genius impostor who could quickly master the complex skill set needed to impersonate someone in any profession. Kidnapped as a …
 
My Private Nation The Bad Boys of Easter April 3, 2022 Control. We like it. It feels good. We get irritated when our plans go awry, when we’ve got an agenda or timeline and someone or something gets in our way and slows us down, or completely blows up our carefully crafted plans. While there are some things that you can control, ultimately, control…
 
Crisis Gospel of John: That You May Believe March 27, 2022 I’ve traveled outside the United States a fair amount. One thing that has been fascinating to me is how different cultures relate to time. The first time I traveled to Honduras, it quickly became a joke among our team that we were on “Honduran” time because the local Honduran leader we were…
 
A Blind Man and the Shepherd Gospel of John: That You May Believe March 20, 2022 Joanna Sullivan was born near Springfield, Massachusetts in April of 1866. She was the oldest of three children born to Irish immigrants. Annie was only 8 years old when her mother died of tuberculosis. Two years later, fearing the responsibility of raising three child…
 
Feast & Conflict Gospel of John: That You May Believe March 13, 2022 Legendary ad-man Rosser Reeves was an American executive and pioneer of television advertising. He was the genius behind some of the most effective ads of the 40’s & 50’s, including the “Melt in your mouth, not in your hands” M&Ms line, as well as slogans for Bic pens, Colgate too…
 
Man of Miracles Gospel of John: That You May Believe March 6, 2022 For 17 years, Kim Jong Il, ruthlessly oppressed the people of North Korea before his death in 2011. A 2004 Human Rights Watch report, reports that the North Korean government under his leadership was among the world’s most repressive governments. With no freedom of the press or reli…
 
Life and Faith Gospel of John: That You May Believe February 27, 2022 According to dictionary.com, credentials are evidence of authority, status, rights, entitlement to privileges, or the like, usually in written form. Credentials can be permanent, like a high school diploma or college degree, or temporary, like a driver’s license or passport. Cred…
 
God In the Flesh Gospel of John: That You May Believe February 20, 2022 You’d have to be living under a rock to not at least have heard of Queen Elizabeth II. And we all know that she is the Queen of England. But did you know that 16 different countries claim Elizabeth as their queen? And Queen Elizabeth II is kind of like a nickname. Her official …
 
Lies Women BelieveLies We Believe and the Truth That Sets Us Free February 13, 2022 Chris: Hey, friends, I’m with Michelle Snook, Pastor of Community Life here at Dayspring. And, Michelle, you’re wrapping up our Lies We Believe series this weekend, right? Michelle: I am! I’m going to be talking about lies women believe. Chris: Perfect. Perfect timi…
 
Lies Men Believe Lies We Believe and the Truth That Sets Us Free February 6, 2022 News of a baby on the way brings great joy and excitement to a family. But the ability to know whether baby will be a boy or girl has given rise to a whole new genre of celebration: the gender reveal party. It seems the ways to make the big announcement are limitless.…
 
Lies We Believe About God Lies We Believe and the Truth That Sets Us Free January 30, 2022 A friend of mine recalls this story from her childhood... When I was about 10 years old, our family traveled to British Columbia for the wedding of my mom’s cousin. At the wedding reception, wine was served. We never had beer or wine in our home growing up, a…
 
Lies We Believe About Life Lies We Believe and the Truth That Sets Us Free January 23, 2022 Simplicity is the virtue of living an uncluttered life. After all of the extra “stuff” that comes with the holiday season, many people kick off a new year with a renewed interest in getting rid of some of the “extra” that has found its way into their homes a…
 
Lies We Believe About Others Lies We Believe and the Truth That Sets Us Free January 16, 2022 Throughout the western United States, you’ll find beautiful gorges and canyons. The incredible Columbia River Gorge is right in our own backyard. Other canyons such as Bryce Canyon in southern Utah, Royal Gorge Canyon in Colorado, Waimea Canyon on Kauai, a…
 
Lies We Believe About Ourselves Lies We Believe January 9, 2022 Two Truths and a Lie is a classic icebreaker game. Each person in the group introduces themselves by stating two truths and one lie. The object of the game is for the rest of the group to determine which statement is false and to discover things that are true about others. Even when de…
 
And The Truth Shall Set You Free Lies We Believe January 2, 2022 Everybody knows the phrase. I’m sure you can finish it with me... Liar, liar..... pants on fire. Even though the rhyme is well known, apparently no one knows where it came from! There is no interesting backstory or definitive origin that can be identified. At least, not by a Google se…
 
2021 Year in Review Look What God Has Done December 26, 2021 Well, 2021 is almost in the books. We’re closing the final pages in the next few days and The End (of another year) is in sight. Whether you think it was a good year or not, it wasn’t 2020, so I guess we can be thankful for that! I got a new car this past year. It has a bunch of fun techn…
 
An Unexpected Christmas And Everything Changed December 24, 2021 As followers of Jesus, we celebrate the birth of Christ because we believe He was the greatest gift ever given. Because of Him, we have a restored relationship with God the Father. But it’s not just our own personal stories that have been impacted by the gift, the life of Jesus. His n…
 
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