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A Liturgy for Those Flooded With Too Much Information In a world so wired and interconnected, our anxious hearts are pummeled by an endless barrage of troubling news. We are daily aware of more grief, O Lord, than we can rightly consider, of more suffering and scandal than we can respond to, of more hostility, [...]

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My soul has become a huge warehouse where day after day the trucks unload their crates without any plan or discrimination, to be piled helter-skelter in every available corner and cranny, until it is crammed full from top to bottom with the trite, the commonplace, the insignificant, the routine.... I now see clearly that, if [...]

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When it comes to our work, we confess our desire to grow, determine, fill, and control. Remind us these outcomes belong to you. Instead, may we simply plant, act, build, and offer, releasing the outcomes into your hands because they are not our business. Continue to be yourself in us as we dive into the [...]

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Father in Heaven! You have loved us first, help us never to forget that You are love so that this sure conviction might triumph in our hearts over the seduction of the world, over the inquietude of the soul, over the anxiety for the future, over the fright of the past, over the distress of [...]

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Blessed Savior, I am not good at resting in the hollow of your hand. Nothing in my experience has taught me this resting. I have been taught how to take charge. I have been taught how to be in control. But how to rest? No, I have no models, no paradigms for resting. That is [...]

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"Does anyone really know me?" Loneliness is such a pervasive experience in our culture. We are often surprised and saddened by the degree of aloneness we experience in adulthood. From the outside, it seems like family and work and church would provide a vital sense of place and belonging. The reality of our hurried and [...]

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“How can I describe the kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it? The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its [...]

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God of history and of my heart, so much has happened to me during these whirlwind days: I’ve known death and birth; I have been brave and scared; I have hurt and helped; I’ve been honest, I’ve lied; I’ve destroyed, I’ve created; I’ve been with people, I’ve been lonely; I’ve been loyal, I’ve betrayed; I’ve decided, [...]

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  On Generosity On our own, we conclude: that there is not enough to go around we are going to run short of money of love of grades of publications of sex of beer of members of years of life we should seize the day seize the goods seize our neighbor’s goods because there is [...]

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Almost every day around the VantagePoint3 offices we hear what we call a “mustard seed way” kind of story. God initiates something without fanfare in the human heart. And, over time it grows, without applause, to be fruitful and impactful. Today I was schooled afresh in the solid, fascinating conviction from Pastor Josh Johnson with [...]

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  Gracious God, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, deliver me, I pray, from the easy habit of thinking that my spirituality is something between me and you alone. It is so difficult to accept the idea that my spiritual wholeness cannot be attained outside my life with others. Help [...]

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Between last week's wonderful vacation getaway with my wife in Jamaica and this week's prepping for VP3's upcoming Life Rhythms: What Matters Most? webinar conversation, I am finding myself aware yet again of the need to pay attention to the rhythms of my life.   Amidst all the stuff of life—demands and tasks, relationships and [...]

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