ON SPIRITUALITY AND FAITH

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Faith, prayer, spirituality

Hide and Seek

By | Jan 24, 2011

“What makes the desert beautiful is that it hides, somewhere, a well.” – Antoine de Saint ExuperyOften one has to look beyond what we see at first in order to see what is really important. One of my favorite children’s books is The Little Prince where characters are often asked to see beyond what is presented to them and to look with their heart.For example, what do you see in the picture…

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Faith, prayer, spirituality

What happens on the ski trip…

By | Jan 21, 2011

Everyone knows the first rule of youth ministry trips: “What happens on the trip, stays on the trip.” This is not only for the protection of the idiots, I mean um students, that do things that probably shouldn’t be shared publicly but it also creates a stronger bond between said students that went on the retreat together. That being said, I’d like to break the first rule of youth ministry trips by…

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Faith, prayer, spirituality

Dori wants to go back to McDonald’s.

By | Jan 8, 2011

There are many reasons why you shouldn’t eat at McDonalds. First of all, its not very healthy. Secondly, its more expensive than making your own sandwich. I do like the fact that it is fast and convenient and that in general everyone in my family can find something they like. But aside from that, there’s not much benefit. But the most important reason for the Karafanda’s not to eat at McDonalds is…

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Faith, prayer, spirituality

My 100th Blog

By | Dec 31, 2010

I’m a numbers person. Most people get upset with the church because they think that clergy only want more numbers – people and money. And I’ll let you in on a little secret. We do. We want more people and more money. They are major factors in helping to transform the world – but that’s not all we want and that’s a blog for a different day. Todays blog is about the…

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Faith, prayer, spirituality

Proud

By | Dec 22, 2010

Pride is one of those things that confuses me. Biblically it sounds like a bad thing and I can see why if your pride is about yourself to the extent that you seem full of it. But sometimes I am so filled with pride for my kids, my churches, or my friends that I just want to explode with joy. And I don’t think that feeling pride by seeing God at work…

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Faith, prayer, spirituality

Giving Back

By | Dec 22, 2010

Usually the week after Christmas is down time for most clergy. After all the prep to make sure that people are able to spiritually celebrate Christmas, plus the stress of making sure that Christmas with our family is special, we are dead dog tired. I’m already kind of there now but I’m still excited about Christmas and waking up on Christmas morning to see the joy on my kids faces as they…

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