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Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” Matthew 7:7

Since coming to Lake Avenue Church, people ask me questions that I myself have wondered about before. But, just as often, here in Southern CA I’ve found that some of the questions are about matters I had never really considered. Tattoos? Ancestor boxes? Cremation? Following Jesus without dishonoring parents when turning to Jesus from Buddhism??? These are just a few of the issues the people at LAC write me about. So, I look at God’s Word and seek to provide some guidance and direction. I have wondered whether others have questions about related matters – though they have never asked. Finally, my Executive Assistant convinced me to post parts of my responses via this blogging medium.

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Sometimes, repetition unlocks a fuller experience.

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The Body of Christ

For the last several years I have had the amazing privilege to be part of a Bible Study that looks at God’s Word and discusses what it means in our lives. My view of Scripture and of God has been indelibly shaped through this group. We have dinner together each week and talk about how these ancient texts actually have power to change our lives.

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A Celebration of Baptism.

I had the amazing privilege of baptizing 8 Junior High students this past weekend in a church wide intergenerational Baptism Celebration. This was an incredibly heart warming event, with people being baptized from all walks of life. There were grandmothers professing their faith in the God who has walked with them through very difficult life experiences, and there were first graders just beginning to understand what it means to live a life of faith. There were kids who had just recently moved to the United States from China, and there were adults who had lived in Pasadena their entire lives. Different ages, different ethnicities, different life experiences… The common thread? A desire to proclaim their relationship with God to the people around them. As one of my 8th grade girls said, they wanted to express “on the outside” what was true “on the inside.”

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While vacationing on San Juan Island God has been amazing, meeting me here. 
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...but names have the capacity to shape me!

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My Grandma passed away today

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My small group is studying He Speaks to Me by Priscilla Shirer (YES - this Beth Moore groupie is actually studying under someone else!) and I am beginning to hear from God about what He wants from me in my devotional time.
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"He saw it, he loved it, he ate it."

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In college, when I was applying to be a Resident Advisor in the dorms, I knew that using the word "community" would give me an advantage.

 

 

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Emailing with Junior Highers

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One might think that the longer I pastor and the longer I walk with God, the less likely I am to make the same old mistakes. 
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Pastor Annie McLaren has written a profound blog post on a topic near to my own heart and mind. Here’s a snippet: I am sure there are countless things in my life that I assume are “just what people do” instead of realizing those things might be “just what white people do.”

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The Sound of Music and The Wiz

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I have been a blogger for a loooong time.  In fact, I was a so-called "early adopter" before that phrase was even invented.  For example, I remember using AOL (remember bots?) and Instant Messenger wayyy back when.

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Psychology lessons from Disney

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“You can let him roam a little bit. It’s good for him.” On Easter Sunday, one of our junior high girls was taking care of a friend of mine’s 10 month old baby, Jesse. Jesse has just started walking around, grabbing onto whatever support he can grab—chairs, tables, even your occasional...
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Everything in life has a price tag associated with it.

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I have finally given in to the blog world.

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