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09 Jun 2016

In Spirit & In Truth – Commissioning 2016

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers

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24 May 2016

Passing the Torch – part 1

As is the way of things with the Salvation Army, the Spiritual Life Development Department will be parting ways with our current leader in a few short weeks.  Colonel Janice

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23 May 2016

FIRST: Intercessory Prayer

“Can you pray for me?” I’ve always taken this request seriously. I’ve never thrown out the words “I’ll pray for that” or “I’ll be praying for you” without taking them

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16 May 2016

FIRST: Journaling as a Spiritual Discipline

For many years, I had some boxes stored in my parent’s attic. Having lived out of the country for many years, I had kind of forgotten about them. On a

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09 May 2016

FIRST: Sabbath Keeping

I recall some of the first tries at changing my Friday day off to a Friday Sabbath. A Sabbath is more holy than a day off, right? Prepping for that

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05 May 2016

Out of Focus

It is amazing what you can get used to. As I type this on my computer I am staring at the screen of an old monitor that is out of

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From the Blog

11 Feb 2016

Out of the Ordinary

I came across this familiar phrase in my reading the other day…..out of the ordinary. My mind immediately went to the typical meanings like “exceptional, extraordinary and remarkable”. For some

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08 Feb 2016

FIRST: The Discipline of Study

In acknowledging of the undeniable importance of the prayerful life as the foundational element of Christian life, I would like to heed a German theologian Karl Barth’s advice which emphasizes

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04 Feb 2016

General William Booth’s SIX RESOLUTIONS

General William Booth’s SIX RESOLUTIONS  *On December 6, 1849, at age 20, William Booth, the cofounder of The Salvation Army, wrote a set of resolutions which he maintained throughout his

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01 Feb 2016

FIRST: Lectio Divina

“Close your eyes, relax, be mindful of your breathing, listen as I read…” Yikes, what is this all about? Should I open my eyes and run? Should I sit here

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28 Jan 2016

The Benefit of Wonder

“Our culture is awe-deprived,” says Paul Piff, Ph.D. “We spend more time looking down at our phones than up at the sky.”(Ways to Get More Awe in Your Life, Good

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25 Jan 2016

FIRST: Solitude and Silence

Let me be blunt…..my first experience with the spiritual discipline of solitude and silence was uncomfortably eye opening for me. I was attending a spiritual retreat that incorporated the experience

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