Top 5 Songs You Didn’t Know Were About God

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There’s a lot of genres of music out there and most artists neatly fit into one specific category.  If you don’t like that style of music, you most likely have never heard of that artist.  However, certain songs or artists transcend a style or category of music to become household names.  This is a list of the top 5 songs that the artists would never be found in the Christian section of the music store, but released songs (some of which have propelled them into the spotlight) that are actually written about God. Continue reading “Top 5 Songs You Didn’t Know Were About God”

February 5th: Readings and Reflection Questions

First Reading:  Isaiah 58: 7-10

Thus says the LORD:
Share your bread with the hungry,
shelter the oppressed and the homeless;
clothe the naked when you see them,
and do not turn your back on your own.
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
and your wound shall quickly be healed;
your vindication shall go before you,
and the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer,
you shall cry for help, and he will say: Here I am!
If you remove from your midst
oppression, false accusation and malicious speech;
if you bestow your bread on the hungry
and satisfy the afflicted;
then light shall rise for you in the darkness,
and the gloom shall become for you like midday. Continue reading “February 5th: Readings and Reflection Questions”

Leadership Researchers Prove the Genius of Christ

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Prologue

Attunement (defined): 1. “A bringing into harmony.” 2. “To make aware or responsive.”

From the Gospel of Matthew Chapter 20, 26-28 (from the request of James and John): But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom* for many.” Continue reading “Leadership Researchers Prove the Genius of Christ”

Set Your Soul on FIRE

I’m standing atop this rickety, shaking pole some 50 feet above the ground wondering exactly how I’m going to get back to solid turf without breaking my back. The breeze seems like a gale force wind and I’m standing on a square hunk of board the size of a lunch tray. The problem is, another man is also standing on this tiny piece of real estate, way up in the air, because it’s a team-building event. Next, we get to leap into the air to try catching a trapeze bar hanging some 8 feet away at eye level. The thought of this makes my hands sweat and I can’t peel my eyes off the ground, so far away. Somehow I thought it would be great to be the first pair to go up the “power pole” at Prairie Star Ranch. Before I tell you of my leap of faith, though, let me tell you about the retreat. Continue reading “Set Your Soul on FIRE”

January 29th: Readings and Reflection Questions

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First Reading:  Zephaniah 2: 3; 3:12-13

Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth,
who have observed his law;
seek justice, seek humility;
perhaps you may be sheltered
on the day of the LORD’s anger.

But I will leave as a remnant in your midst
a people humble and lowly,
who shall take refuge in the name of the LORD:
the remnant of Israel.
They shall do no wrong
and speak no lies;
nor shall there be found in their mouths
a deceitful tongue;
they shall pasture and couch their flocks
with none to disturb them. Continue reading “January 29th: Readings and Reflection Questions”

Where is he?

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Growing up in west central Illinois in what was arguably the greater St. Louis area, we regularly found ourselves traveling to that great city on all sorts of adventures. One targeted stop for us regular non-locals was to hit St. Louis’ Union Station and work our way through it’s stores. Closed to train operations in 1978, St. Louis’ Union Station at one time was a shopping destination on par with the Kansas City Plaza or even the Mall of America in Minnesota. Given the shift from boutiques to Big Box retailers that soon followed the Station’s zenith, the center today is but a shadow of what it once was and, like many such mixed use locations, struggling to successfully repurpose itself. Continue reading “Where is he?”