Monthly Archives: January 2007

Voice of the Day – Etty Hillesum

"Give your sorrow all the space and shelter in yourself that is its due, for if everyone bears [their] grief honestly and courageously, the sorrow that now fills the world will abate. But if you do not clear a decent shelter for your sorrow, and instead reserve most of the space inside you for hatred...

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Blog Recommendation – Dream Awakener

JR Woodward over at Dream Awakener is constantly inspiring and leading people to hope with his words of wisdom.  I’d like to recommend his recent series on Dreaming or Dying.  The series moves through the steps of understanding the importance of dreaming, discovering your God-given dream, and living our your dream.  JR creatively calls people...

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Healing Our Memories

"Forgiving does not mean forgetting. When we forgive a person, the memory of the wound might stay with us for a long time, even throughout our lives. Sometimes we carry the memory in our bodies as a visible sign. But forgiveness changes the way we remember. It converts the curse into a blessing. When we...

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Sacred Reading and Creative Word

Let the word of God speak, be still, let the Word wash over your soul, Let it fill your mind, fill your will, Like rain filling the fields, in the cold Autumn chill Will you prepare your soul to meet the King? Or will you rush through the story overlooking important things, While thinking of...

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Forgiving in the Name of God

“We are all wounded people. Who wounds us? Often those whom we love and those who love us. When we feel rejected, abandoned, abused, manipulated, or violated, it is mostly by people very close to us: our parents, our friends, our spouses, our lovers, our children, our neighbors, our teachers, our pastors. Those who love...

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Healing Our Hearts Through Forgiveness

I Have been lax with the original posts lately as it was a busy week in Vegas and I am just getting setteld now that I’m home. To keep the posts coming, though, I thought I’d continue to send your way Nouwen’s thoughts…. “How can we forgive those who do not want to be forgiven?...

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Receiving Forgiveness

Nowen continues on the topic of forgiveness… “There are two sides to forgiveness: giving and receiving. Although at first sight giving seems to be harder, it often appears that we are not able to offer forgiveness to others because we have not been able fully to receive it. Only as people who have accepted forgiveness...

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Forgiveness, the Cement of Community Life

“Community is not possible without the willingness to forgive one another “seventy-seven times” (see Matthew 18:22). Forgiveness is the cement of community life. Forgiveness holds us together through good and bad times, and it allows us to grow in mutual love. But what is there to forgive or to ask forgiveness for? As people who...

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Fostering Secularism in Evangelical Worship?

Below is an older GOCN article that shoes how evangelical worship has fostered secularism. “The way many evangelicals worship contributes to a secular world view or at least fails to challenge it. By worship I mean: gathering of people, singing hymns, praying, reading Scripture and hearing a sermon. By secularism I mean a world view...

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Community, a Quality of the Heart

As we are pretty busy here in Vegas with the usual team stuff and lengthy conferences, the packed agenda has made it hard for me to find time to blog. I have however felt that Nouwen’s stuff is continually worth posting. Here is more on community… “The word community has many connotations, some positive, some...

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Community Supported by Solitude

Nouwen continues with words on solitude within community… “Solitude greeting solitude, that’s what community is all about. Community is not the place where we are no longer alone but the place where we respect, protect, and reverently greet one another’s aloneness. When we allow our aloneness to lead us into solitude, our solitude will enable...

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Some thoughts on landing in Las Vegas…

Here are some Random thoughts about Las Vegas so far… First, two conversations I had today… The cabbie who drove me to the airport was a muslim from Iraq. I asked him about the situation back there as he told me he recently immigrated. He gave me the run down from his perspective and painted...

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The Voice in the Garden of Solitude

Henri Nouwen says… “Solitude is the garden for our hearts, which yearn for love. It is the place where our aloneness can bear fruit. It is the home for our restless bodies and anxious minds. Solitude, whether it is connected with a physical space or not, is essential for our spiritual lives. It is not...

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Off to Vegas…

As I draft this, I am above the clouds on a plane smaller than a big bus (37 passengers max) and on my way to Vegas for our company’s annual Sales Kick off. For those unfamiliar with the software business, large companies such as the one I am a part of throw money at conventions...

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Five Streams of the Emerging Church

Scot McKnight is at it again. Here is a link to his Five Streams of the Emerging Church article in Christianity today. Related: Responses to DA Carson by folks Emergent… What is the Emerging Church? Technorati Tags: ecclesiology, emergin+church, missional, Christianity Today, Scot McKnight

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