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I hope this is around forever

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I heard it’s important to understand that any picture you put on the Internet has the capability of being there forever.  Yes, we need to understand that any photo can be seen, shared, downloaded, re-seen or even mutated into the Internet’s next great meme.  On one side, that is a caution to our young friends who are so quick to get their phones out to capture every moronic scene from last night’s escapade with friends.  Potential bosses can easily find out what they really want to know about you.  Of course, in a few…read more

Eim Eshkachech | Music Monday

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Gloria and I like to watch foreign films.  It’s intriguing to glimpse into other cultures. A few years ago we watched (through Netflix, I believe) Fill the Void.  It is a Hebrew film about a young woman who is pressured into marrying her late sister’s husband.  There’s a bit more to it than that, but you get the idea.  I think you’ll be captivated by the movie, but it’s the music that I remember. Specifically, the song I am sharing today is one that bounces around in my mind from time…read more

Betty Goes to Jail

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This weekend I preached from Luke’s passage when Jesus sends the disciples out with power and authority.  They were told to take nothing with them.  All they would have would be the power, authority and mission Christ gave them.  The sermon was a chance to emphasize the role of service in our Christian faith. If we’re not serving, what are we doing?  Probably taking care of ourselves, but I won’t preach that sermon today. Instead, I want to introduce you to Betty.  When I first saw Betty’s story I teared up….read more


One can steal ideas, but no one can steal execution or passion.
-Tim Ferriss

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Bible Study Death by Devotional

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When it comes to the Bible, if there’s one thing that drives a pastor crazy it’s that many people in the church don’t make time to read, study and meditate on scripture.  If there are two things that drive this pastor crazy it’s 1) see the previous sentence and 2) many who do read the Bible are content with the sound bite versions they read. This isn’t anything new.  And many have often complained.  I, for one, have been preaching for years about Bible Study Death By Devotional. Is it good to use…read more

A New Year | Music Monday

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Admittedly, I’m probably late to the party.  I don’t know that I had heard of 92nd Street Y.  But it only took one video to change that.  Here is an excerpt from their website: 92nd Street Y is a world-class cultural and community center where people all over the world connect through culture, arts, entertainment and conversation. For over 140 years, we have harnessed the power of arts and ideas to enrich, enlighten and change lives, and the power of community to repair the world. As a proudly Jewish organization, 92Y…read more

Just keep listening, just keep listening

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If following God seems strange to you sometimes, you’re not alone. Let’s be honest. This Jesus stuff is other worldly. But if we would learn to follow where God’s Spirit leads us, we’ll experience the joy God intends for us–no, not Matt Damon! ++If you’re reading by email or news reader, click here to watch.++ Stay blessed…john