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The Past - You can learn a lot from it

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The past - can you learn from it?
There is a difference between thinking about the past, living in it, and wanting to change or erase it. Sometimes we live in the past because it's familiar — we know what happened, so there are no surprises. Maybe, from time to time, we are tempted to revisit the past because we’re comforted by the “good old days” As an Enneagram Four I totally get that one of the biggest challenges I face is learning to let go of feelings from the past…sigh.
More recently there’s a media and social buzz about editing the past, because it makes some feel uncomfortable. But, One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.~Golda Meir
I suppose for some ppl living in the past allows them to avoid dealing with issues in the present. Consider that forgetting our own history, personal or social, sets us up for possibly not fully understanding the present and our role in it. To forget our story is to abandon who we are and why we ar…

Adaptability 1.0

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Is the Character of Adaptability and  Flexibility working in you? One definition of adaptability is the ability to adjust oneself readily to different conditions; the ability of an entity or organism to alter itself or its responses to the changed circumstances or environment. I think Christ was a classic quintessential example of adaptability: The Son of God also became the Son of Man. The Apostle Paul added some practicum to the subject of adaptability and flexibility when he wrote to the church saying: “…I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life…”
By being malleable, we …

Winds of Change

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When the day of Pentecost had come, the disciples were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living and gathered in Jerusalem. They were together out of respect for Shavuot, a Jewish holiday which celebrates God's giving of the Torah to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai.
No coincidence. In God’s perfect timing He shared the gift of Torah and the promise of the Holy Ghost, both given to propel his people into a different yet deeper story with their creator. So we acknowledge: God spoke through His prophet Joel, proclaiming — In the last days, I will offer My Spirit to humanity, a second gift. Now, your children will boldly speak the word of the Lord. Even your elders will dream dreams and young warriors will see visions. Today I shall offer My Spirit to all people - male and female, equally they will receive…

What If I Had Shown Up?

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"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming."~ Theodore Roosevelt, 1910 Entering the arena is intimidating. If you enter you may get hurt. You will feel pain, grief, and shame. But you will also know love. We’re hardwired for belonging and loving. To deny ourselves love and belonging is to deny our own humanity.
By entering the arena you may lose, but by forever remaining in the stands you ensure you never win. Vulnerability can be terrifying, but it’s far less so than getting to the end of your life and wondering “what if”? What if I had shown up? 
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An Interactive Study - the Call to Courage

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With one of the most viewed TED talks of all time, research professor and best-selling author Dr. Brené Brown challenges you to show up, step into the arena and answer the call to courage.
Join us Wednesday May 29th @ 7pm has we interact with this incredible video lesson. Discuss what it takes to choose courage over comfort in a culture defined by scarcity, fear and uncertainty.
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The Call to Courage - A Study

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"We can’t go it alone. We’re neuro-biologically hardwired for other people. In the absence of connection, love and belonging, there is always suffering," ~ Brene' Brown  The Call to Courage, an interactive video study Wednesday May 22 @ 7pm Brene’ Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has been studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame for the past 10 years.  “Vulnerability is hard and it’s scary and it feels dangerous. But it’s not as hard, or scary or dangerous as getting to the end of our lives and having to ask ourselves: What if I would’ve shown up?” – Brené Brown #Pkes#MetroLifeChurch#MinistryinMotion
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Wednesday May 15th

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Wednesday May 15th @ 7pm Kernels of Wheat and Vino from the Vine, the mystery of the Eucharist. God through Jesus Christ makes himself present to humanity by ordinary elements:grain and grapes.
Grain and grapes that come from God’s good earth. Interestingly, the Lord’s Supper, Communion, the Eucharist, the Last Supper or was it the first, is not just a combination of unprocessed grain and freshly picked grapes.
Here lies the divine mystery: grain and grapes are made bread and wine, because of human efforts. See how clearly we communicate the sacred sacrament, the body of Christ broken and blood shed for each of us.We do this remembering Emmanuel, God with us.
O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.” ~Book of Common Prayer #MetroLifeChurch #MinintryinMotion

Soul Control or Sole Control

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There’s an unseen battle raging in the world today. It’s not a battle over politics, society, or even the world’s events. It’s about you. Who you really are, why you are here, and what your life means. It’s a battle for control of your soul. Who’s in control? Join us Wednesday May 8th @ 7pm as we dive into Soul or Sole Control, an interactive participatory discussion hosted by David King.
We're a  Community who gathers each Wednesday at 7pm. A church for those who aren't into church. A spot for truthful reflection & study. A bastion of grace, accepting those who are single or married, divorced or gay, filthy rich or dirt poor. We welcome you if you sing like Andrea Bocelli or like our pastor. Join us if you are inked, pierced or both. We don't care if you're more Catholic than the Pope or haven't been to church since the last wedding you attended. We  want you to lean in if you are a NASCAR guy or a vegan tree hugger. Pharisees. Romans. Prostitutes. Saints or Sin…

Lenten Journey

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Like other emotions, anger is accompanied by physiological and biological changes.  When you get angry, your heart rate and blood pressure go up, as do the levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline. Your rate of breathing increases and your body's muscles tense. Anger will not help you live a good life as God wants…put out of your life every evil thing and every kind of wrong you do. Don’t be proud but accept God’s teaching…This teaching can save your souls. [1] Anger feeds anger. Beware of cultivating perpetual rage. There's much to be angry about; So much to lament over.Our souls cannot bear the strain of endless seething.  On this year's Lenten journey I choose to be ...



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The Tribulation

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It’s important that we pay attention to the Bible’s prophetic passages and study God’s plan for the future. Though we won’t know the date, time or hour of our being caught up to meet the Lord in the sky or Jesus’ Second Coming, we can be aware of all that is going on around us so that we are living the life God intended for us in Christ. Our first priority as the church is not to correctly connect all the political and social dots of world happenings,  but to be a prophetic witness to the hope of a world remade according to the Christ. So let's ponder and discuss and maybe even disagree with each other, in love, about futuristic terms like Rapture and Tribulation and Second Coming ... Join us Wednesday March 20th @ 7pm for an  interactive conversation about the 'End Times'
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Life Rattled

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What do you do when something really rattles you, when your daily routine, when your mind, is confused and unsettled? Together this Lent we are journeying with Jesus to the cross; then from the cross to the grave and ultimately from the grave to the sky… But even during the beauty which is Lent, our lives can get rattled. Ranging from annoyances to simple delays to the worst a person could contemplate, like the loss of a loved one or the diagnosis of a life-threatening illness, disrupted, ruffled lives, threaten our journey, our peace even our identity and homeostasis. When we experience disruptions of any kind, we naturally, almost automatically, seek to recreate a consistency that was present before the unsettling occurred. Maybe we need to learn to embrace these disturbances and give them some space. Ugh. Character after character in both the Hebrew and Greek Testaments encountered God, and it wasn’t unheard of for Him to jazz-up their lives.  What we do when the Lord of Hosts inter…

End Times

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Some of us long for Jesus to return and heal everything; While others are looking forward to him coming back  and kicking some unrepentant ass. Is this accurate or just craziness?
Join us Wednesday March 13th @ 7pm for an  interactive conversation about the 'End Times'
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Subtraction By Addition ➖➤➕

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During Lent we are journeying with Jesus: a triumphant entry, his death, burial and ultimately his resurrection.Like so many non-orthodox Christians, my view of Lent has been tarnished by evangelical teachings claiming that the time leading up to paschal season is not really all that relative; Lent is not found in the New Testament; that it is dogmatic. It’s true, the Lenten period is not biblical; it can often seem like an empty ritual; it can be misunderstood as a season to earn God’s favor by good intentions or good works (this thinking is a theological problem for a later discussion). The 40 days of Lent is usually associated with“giving something up” – luxuries like meat, sugar, or social media. It’s almost like a New Years Resolution reboot - I didn’t accomplish something in January, so now I’ll try again, but with a spiritual spin.  Lent offers us so much more than a redo or abstention. The forty days between Ash Wednesday and Easter [not including Sundays] affords us space for …

Apollo, Assassin's or Apostle's Creed?

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Apollo Creed; Assassin’s Creed or Apostle’s Creed: 
Which Do You Know Best? Personally I’m much more familiar with the Apostle’s Creed versus Apollo Creed, a fictional character from the Rocky films, played by Carl Weathers. I know little to nothing about the Assassin’s Creed, an action-adventure video game set in Ancient Egypt near the end of the Ptolemaic period (49–47 BCE). The Apostle’s Creed, is a series of statements about our basic Christian beliefs. The term ‘creed’ comes from the Latin credo, meaning I believe.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,  He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.  On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father,  He will come again to judge the living and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit,  the holy Chri…

Genesis of Shame

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In Genesis, the first couple chapters of the Pentateuch, we read a chronicle of the beginnings: Earth; Man; Woman; Creation of all things. We read of perfection and Goodness. In stark contrast to the previous two chapters,Genesis three appears, an intentional eye popping account of failure, shame and dismissal. Genesis two tells us that Adam and Eve were naked and unashamed. Chapter three records that the couple was “open eyed” and in the buff. They had listened to a snake and acted in disobedience to their Maker. The Genesis story tells us about the moment humans first realized they were naked, quickly followed by the moment they were first ashamed. Suffice to say shame doesn’t originate from God’s voice. It originates from voices who errantly say they are speaking for God. Shame, according to Brene Brown, is defined as ‘the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging – something we’ve experienced, done, or failed…

What's Up With All The Ungodly People?

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From what I read in the Scriptures, it appears that Jesus hung out with a bunch of seemingly ungodly individuals.
By today’s standards, He wasn’t very PC [1] He dug all the wrong ppl. Like: An infamous tax collector - what the locals call ‘a sinner’The all too referenced adulteress,The physically ill,Known criminals, The dead,A trouble maker &terrorist of the early church
And people like me. Christ’s choice of associates wasn’t for the faint of heart or to pass the time while He was about His ministry. It’s very important to understand what Jesus was up to when he “hung” with the apparent undesirables - otherwise His motives and actions can too easily get blown out of proportion & misused. By hanging out with the objectionable, Jesus shows us His great capacity for purposeful affection and verifiable tenderness. He redefined what it meant to be of value. The incarnate Word of God was incredibly intentional. All of His actions were like a strategic, well managed crusade of manifes…

Knock Knock - Who's There?

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Knock, knock.
Who's there?  Broccoli.
Broccoli who?
Broccoli doesn't have a last name, silly.
Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Alien
Alien who?
Just how many aliens do you know?
Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Armageddon.
Armageddon who?
Armageddon a little bored.  Let’s get going with this post…

The knock-knock joke has been a staple of American humor since the early 20th century. With its repetitive set-up and wordplay punchline, the silliness of this writing has been penned and told and {mis}understood, by people of all ages and sensibilities. But knock-knock jokes have not always been universally appreciated. Early on literary critics railed against them, but somehow (knock on wood) these witless jokes have endured.
On a more serious note — knock-knock:“…Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends…” [1] In this text from the Book of Revelation, Jesus is knocking. He’s been at this knocking for s…

A Thin Place

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In the Bible texts there are stories of two gardens,  Eden and Gethsemane.




In the first,  Adam took a fall.















In the second,  Jesus took a stand.






The Fall Heaven and Earth are not far apart, nearer to one another than maybe we think. Could they even overlap? Is it plausible — maybe they intersect?Ancient Celtic Christians called these “thin places.” A place in which the physical and spiritual worlds are knit together. I wonder if the The Garden of Eden was such a place? Eden was where man was at home, in a thin place he walked between both heaven and earth — enjoying the earthly garden and roaming with the heavenly Gardener. But then the Fall… The Stand To walk again with God in the garden is the great desire of humanity, but it required rehabilitation — Jesus taking a stand in the Garden of Gethsemane to repair a fractured world. Tikkun Olamis primarily a Jewish concept, but it is a concept that Christians should be familiar with & embrace. In Ecclesiastes the writer said, “Consider what G…

Character Assassinations

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Character Assassination
In June 1638, in Puritan Boston, Massachusetts, a crowd gathers to witness the punishment of Hester Prynne, a young woman who has given birth to a baby of unknown parentage. As an apparent adulteress, she’s required to wear a scarlet "A" on her dress when she is in front of the townspeople to shame her, to continue to assassinate her character. What Is Character? Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.[2] Merriam-Webster defines character, in part, as “moral excellence and firmness.” To Webster’s definition I might add that my word and my promise, even my friendship are all part of me, making up my ethos. Character is a word most ppl desire to have credited to them - yet the standards and achievement are becoming rather vague in our modern age. Being of ‘good character’ is not as popular of a description, as it once was. Assassination. Toxic people will try and destroy those who are and think differently t…

DNA, Telomeres & My Soul

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Could something as astounding as our DNA have come from anywhere else but a loving Creator? More and more often I’m seeing articles and advertisements pop-up, which encourage genetic testing.The craze to know the secrets held by our DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) seems to be increasing rapidly.  So is telomere testing. Telomere health is intriguing. Telomeres are the section of DNA base, paired at the end of the chromosome, they function as a disposable buffers. Telomeres serve to protect the ends of chromosomes from sticking to each other, while protecting genetic information during cell division. Apparently, a short piece of each chromosome is lost every time DNA is replicated. If it were not for telomeres, important genetic information needed to sustain the cell’s activity might vanish.   While I find telomere testing fascinating, I’m not ready to dive in yet, but more and more ppl I come across are collecting their dribble or swabbing their cheeks and sending their tube off in a seal…