Month: December 2014

December 31st, 2014

The Next Chapter in Your Story

Your life is a story. Every person’s life is. I like asking people, “Tell me your story.  What will be the next chapter of your story?” I have just finished several months rereading and pondering the life of David. David knows that his story is beyond what he ever could have produced by himself. The […]

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December 28th, 2014

Growing Pains

Growing pains. How does that two-word phrase make you feel? It makes me feel both positive and negative. I like growing. I don’t like pain. “Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.” 2014 has been a year of “growing pains” for Ecclesia. What words describe our year – unexpected, unwanted, […]

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December 21st, 2014

Ecclesia Has a Financial Deficit – What Exactly Does That Mean?

Most of us know that you can’t spend more money than your income, and if you do, you either deplete your savings, go into debt, or go broke.  If spending doesn’t decrease, or income doesn’t increase, all three could happen. Ecclesia isn’t in debt.  And we have some savings too.  That’s the good news.  The […]

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December 18th, 2014

Lead Pastor Search is Underway!

Since June, Pastor Paul Murphy has been our Interim Lead Pastor, and in my last post I wrote about some of the good work that has happened during this time.  We’ve designed and deployed ministry Lead Teams, revised the wording of our mission statement and learned how to communicate better between the Board, Staff and […]

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December 18th, 2014

God’s Immeasurable Joy

The culture we live in has a perpetual tendency and determination towards being happy.  Happiness is the quintessential pursuit. I often attempt to quantify the feeling of joy in my life.  I know there are times that I am extremely joyful and other times I am clearly not.   Joy for me is an emotion that […]

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December 17th, 2014

A Year in Review

Christmas is almost here!  As usual, it’s sneaking up on me, even amid all of the Christmas planning, events, parties, shopping, and snow (well…okay, rain).  In spite of all of the busyness, it feels good to be here at this point in the year.  I’m looking forward to the “Y’all Tide” Christmas services this Sunday, […]

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December 11th, 2014

CINEMUSINGS: “Whiplash” and the Art of Madness

The Plot Whiplash revolves around Andrew, a freshman at a fictional Juilliard-type music conservatory who sleeps, eats, and breathes jazz drumming.  He lands a spot playing in the band led by Fletcher, the most respected professor at the school.  Elated by this huge step forward in his future career, Andrew determines to do everything in […]

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December 10th, 2014

Advent Week 2: God’s Sustaining Peace

Looking at world events, it is very easy to feel fear or anxiety.  During Advent, we remember that not only does God bring us peace, but also that Jesus is the peace of God.   God’s peace is His sustaining comfort through the trials of life. Paul, the writer of much of the New Testament, understood […]

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December 5th, 2014

How to Be a Foster Parent in Three Not-So-Easy Steps

Step One:  Attend an Orientation Session In December, I attended an orientation session at Five Acres Foster Family Agency.  It’s one of several very well respected private agencies that work with the County of Los Angeles to provide foster family placements for the kids that need them.    Those who are interested in pursuing foster […]

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December 3rd, 2014

Advent Week 1: God Comes to Us

We all have times where we long for God.  We have times in our life where we seek God’s perspective and presence in our current circumstances.  We may long for God to meet us just where we are or we look for Him to give meaning to life.  Advent is a time to remember that […]

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