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A Pound of Life

Most of the people I work with have negative ages. They are premature, born months before they were “supposed” to be. Thrust from the safe, warm, dark, cozy wombs, they are ill-prepared for the world. Developmentally, I must think of them and work on skills that are fitting for a baby at 6-9 months gestational age. Even though they’ve been born, they must pick up strength, flexion, midline orientation and state regulation outside of the womb since they missed that chance inside the womb. I often describe to parents that the womb is the first baby gym saying, ...

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The Flourishing Life

It was a delight to climb back into the pulpit at OGC this morning after our sabbatical. To get to preach again, particularly on a passage in Psalm 92 that so thoroughly expresses my desires for this next season in my life and ministry, gave me great pleasure. I blew through the the eight takeaways at the conclusion of the message. Someone in the body asked me for them. Decided it would make for an easy blog post. Here they are: One, offer praise to God as the tenor of your life. Two, gather with God’s people on the "Sabbath" and more. Be a fixture in God’s ...

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One Way to Measure Spiritual Maturity

I am a man nearing the midpoint of my twenties, so marriage and starting a family are prominent blips on my radar. As a result, I find myself thinking often on the subject of spiritual maturity. Blossoming slowly over the past few years has been an increased disinterest in my former, childish ways and an increased respect and adoration for the older, wiser men in the church and all the godly qualities they exemplify. I often dwell in wistful fantasy of the metaphor in Psalm 1:3: "He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and ...

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The Church & Infertility

I don't pretend to get this. Nancy and I never suffered the trial of infertility. We have known and know even now dear brothers and sisters humbling themselves under the mighty hand in this journey (1 Peter 5:6-7). We see the hurt. We feel the pain. We ache with the longings that go unfulfilled. Still, without walking a mile in those shoes, it makes it tough to identify as well as one might wish. Jeff Cavanaugh has written a helpful blog post on this subject for the Gospel Coalition. He speaks from his own agonizing experience. It opened my eyes as to how the church can ...

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The Church & Infertility

I don't pretend to get this. Nancy and I never suffered the trial of infertility. We have known and know even now dear brothers and sisters humbling themselves under the mighty hand in this journey (1 Peter 5:6-7). We see the hurt. We feel the pain. We ache with the longings that go unfulfilled. Still, without walking a mile in those shoes, it makes it tough to identify as well as one might wish. Jeff Cavanaugh has written a helpful blog post on this subject for the Gospel Coalition. He speaks from his own agonizing experience. It opened my eyes as to how the church can ...

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It's WAY Bigger than Free Parking

“Really? Free? What’s the catch?” Many of you may have a conversation like this over the next several days. Thank you to everyone who was able to volunteer to help with parking next weekend for the Community Fest. During the Fest-ivities (see what I did there?) please remember that you are doing more than handing out water bottles and regulating a crowd. You are there as a representative of Orlando Grace Church, and even more importantly, you are there as an ambassador of Christ. People will come to the Community Fest for all sorts of reasons. Some will have an ...

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It’s WAY Bigger than Free Parking

“Really? Free? What’s the catch?” Many of you may have a conversation like this over the next several days. Thank you to everyone who was able to volunteer to help with parking next weekend for the Community Fest. During the Fest-ivities (see what I did there?) please remember that you are doing more than handing out water bottles and regulating a crowd. You are there as a representative of Orlando Grace Church, and even more importantly, you are there as an ambassador of Christ. People will come to the Community Fest for all sorts of reasons. Some will have an ...

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Were We Successful?

How'd it go? How were your sales? Did you talk to anyone interesting? Should we do it again? How do we measure success? How should we determine if all our efforts were worth it? How do I answer the above questions? I propose that it's not by how much money I made in sales or how much stock I had to pack up and return to my car. It's not even measured by how many earrings I spot dangling on the lobes of friends the next day at church. The point is, we won't know quickly how successful we were. We won't know immediately how many connections were made or how many people ...

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Be On the Lookout…

As you've probably heard, OGC is hosting a craft fair extravaganza on Saturday May 11th. It will be filled with treasure! Two dozen of our own are feverishly working with needles, pliers, juicers, saws, and scissors to prepare for this day. Be on the lookout -- for treasures! You'll be surrounded by treasures. Something delightful or homemade, beautiful or elegant or tasty. Be on the lookout --for others. For friends within the church who you can encourage. For new faces who you can meet and show kindness. Last fall when a friend hosted a craft fair which I was ...

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Crafting and Worship

Would you like to get delightful, handmade gifts AND help spread the Gospel to your neighbors? Sounds too good to be true, right? Read on. It is very true! As you have heard announced, OGC is hosting our first every Craft Fair on Saturday May 11th from 9am-2pm. There will be two dozen vendors all proudly displaying their treasures and trinkets! Everything from earrings to hair flair to purses to marshmallow launchers will be there, ready for you! It's just in time for Mother's Day. Bring a friend and shop happy! The biggest difference between this open house and every ...

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