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The Lord Reigns Over The Waters

I was able to participate in my church's summer series. We are working our way through a series entitled, Psalms: Prayers of Faith and Hope. Over the course of the summer, a variety of ten Psalms were chosen to serve as a basis for working through the major themes and structure of the entire book. I was asked to preach from Psalm 93.
This is really the first time I have prepared a sermon from a Psalm that wasn't for a funeral message. It was a great experience for me. The theme was one I have tried to preach before because of preaching from other places in the Bible. Even though I had seen this message in other places of scripture, this Psalm gave me the opportunity to use my pastoral experience to preach it in a new way. I found this was deeply profound and enlightening as I prepared to bring this message to my church family. I pray that the theme of God as King continues to be aware of as I read the Bible.

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Books of 2016

Here are the books of 2016! Are you excited? Obviously, I am excited!
This year, I began listening to books that I have wanted to read. Some I have been able to give away once I read them or listened to them. This is great, I'm very reluctant to giving away books. You should just know this about me. I'm a book hoarder, there I said it. But yet, I do love sharing my books.
Break out books of the year include: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. Scazerro walks you through a great approach to our spiritual lives. Really worth a second read. John Piper's books really caught my eye this year, too. Especially significant was his book, Don’t Waste Your Cancer. I finally got to read, Knowing God. I've only been meaning to read that book for....say ten years now. Great book. And I also loved Packer's Weakness is the Way. Anyway, without further ado, here are my books of the year 2016.

Books of 2016  Culture Shock, Chip Ingram
The Reason for God, Timothy Keller Emotionally Healt…

Preaching in Philippians

Preaching is a mysterious and wonderful honor. I had another opportunity to preach at our church. I have really enjoyed these experiences and am grateful my pastor has expressed his willingness to share the pulpit with me. Or should I say, he trusts me to fill the pulpit.

Anyway, it's a sacred thing I take seriously. I have read through Philippians many times to get the texture of this letter. I was also greatly shaped by the D. A. Carson book, A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers. I read it over the summer and really got to mull it over while on vacation. Carson goes very deep into Paul's prayers throughout the New Testament. He draws both micro and macro themes from his prayers and details the encouragements from Paul's prayers for those receiving his letters. It's a great book and I feel like one read through and I only absorbed half of it. It's one I'll be going back to again to seem what other gems I can find.

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Books of 2015

Time to share my beloved books from the year! I think this has become a beloved tradition. The books I listen to and read become an important part of my learning and growth. So, it also becomes an important part of my sharing for the year. Maybe my year is really measured in books.

This year also features the explosion of the Audiobook category. Often in tandem with a book I am reading, it serves to expand my growth in specific areas. So, if I am reading a book about marriage, I may also listen to one next to think about the same subjects or see how another author handles certain topics.
I've been officially introduced to Dietrich Bonehoeffer and picked up a bunch of books by C. S. Lewis. I think it's been a good book year. 
Books of 2015 Sticky Church, Larry Osborne
Love and Respect, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
In Memoriam, Henri Nouwen
Life Together, Dietrich Bonheoffer
Left Behind or Left Befuddled, Gordon Isaac
Christ the Center, Dietrich Bonheoffer
The Wounded Healer, Henri Nouw…

A New Creation, Again and Again

Happy New Year!

I was speaking with my pastor and he asked if I would preach while he was away. I agreed and thought it would be a really meaningful way to begin the year. My Scripture passage was from
 2 Corinthians 5:16-21. I tried to focus on the way we grow as Christians. I remember trying to memorize verse 17 as a newer Christian because of how important these concepts were to me. Growth takes time. Changing little by little is difficult, but an important truth to how we grow in our spiritual lives.

"From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and …

Books of 2014

Time to look back and share my books! I continue to love reading and I can feel the passion I have for learning and my love for knowledge expanding with each page I read. Here are the books I've read and listened to throughout 2014. There have been more hospice themed books this year as I continue to grow in my knowledge and understanding of the healthcare spectrum. 

Books of 2014  Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, J. I. Packer Crazy Love, Francis Chan On Death and Dying, Elizabeth K├╝bler-Ross Final Gifts, Maggie Callahan and Patricia Kelley
The World According to Mr. Rogers, Fred Rogers
The Starbucks Experience, Joseph Michelli
Speaking the Truth in Love, Kenneth C Haugk Caring Criticism, William J. Diehm
Proof of Heaven, Eben Alexander

The use of an iPhone to play audiobooks has made my audiobook section grow substantially from last year!

Audiobooks of 2014  The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, Michael Pollan
The Giver, Lois Lowry
The Fault in Our Stars, Joh…