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The Lie 

The Lie 

I am a liar. “How are you?”   “Good! How are you?” It’s easy. The cheery answers slips out before the real answer even has time to form on my lips. After all, how would people react if I told them the truth? What would people say if I told them I wasn’t “good,” and I hadn’t been “good” for quite some time? Pain makes us uncomfortable. When we ask someone how they are, we want a cheery answer. We…

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Giving up on Church? 

Giving up on Church? 

Give up on the church? I’d like to. It would be easy. If you have read some of my previous posts you would know that I’ve been hurt by the church. Maybe you’ve been hurt by the church too. Maybe you’ve given up on the church. Even though I have given up on certain congregations, I can’t give up on the church. When I consider the church, I see the hurt but I also see the “great cloud of witnesses”…

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The Church and The Lost Sheep 

The Church and The Lost Sheep 

Jesus taught a parable that many of us may be familiar with, the parable of the Lost Sheep (Matthew 18:12-14, Luke 15:3-7). The Good Shepherd has 100 sheep. One of them wanders away, the Good Shepherd leaves the 99 to find the missing sheep. In Dr. Lamar Hardwick’s biography, “I Am Strong: The Life and Journey of an Autistic Pastor,” he points out that the “sheep” never realized one of their community was lost. Many times we don’t realize that…

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The Church 

The Church 

Church. The word stirs up strong emotions in many people. A large number of people hate the Christian church. I have to say I can relate. The Christian church can be mean and hurtful. The Christian church can leave people wounded and hurt, wanting nothing to do with God. As a pastor’s daughter I have seen the church at it’s best and at its worst. Despite giving everything for the church, I have seen leaders in the church betrayed and…

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