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You might be interested in reading our behind-the-scenes thoughts, and learning more about the faith that makes us passionate about this ministry. If so, we’re delighted to share these inspirations and insights on the intersection of life, leaders and neighborhoods.

Busy Intersection

Busy Intersection

Cities are enormous matrixes of communities, systems, organizations, and lives. The complexities of all of these things are mind-blowing if you stop to think about it. There are cars, trains, buses, emergency response vehicles, trucks pulling freight, pedestrians, and cyclists. In addition, cities are full of buildings with individuals and organizations that immerse themselves in commerce, politics, education, medicine, food, recreation, and spirituality. Almost all of these different components and people intersect with one another on a daily basis. There are exchanges of money, ideas,...

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Just Believe

Just Believe

I was busy doing odds and ends around the house one evening a few weeks ago while the holiday version of the Deal or No Deal game show was on TV. I would stop and watch snippets between tasks, and was so touched by the story of one contestant. He and his brother had been adopted as young boys by his brother’s third grade teacher after a long season in foster care. Mother, brother, and the contestant’s wife were all there to support him on the game show. As the game progressed, the contestant became fully convinced that his case held $750,000. At times, I held my own breath as he passed up...

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What am I thankful for?

What am I thankful for?

It’s Thanksgiving, and I have much to be thankful for. If we think about it, we all do. For one thing, we’re blessed to have a national day of Thanksgiving. There are only a handful of countries in the world that do. In the U.S., many things have taken over the holiday season that Thanksgiving kicks off. In fact, those things have leapfrogged Thanksgiving. One store I know of put up both Halloween and Christmas decorations at the same time on different aisles. Has Thanksgiving become just a shopping aisle to you? It’s up to us to observe the true meaning of the holiday, and I hope you...

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Hold on to Hope

Hold on to Hope

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” – Romans 13:11 ESV As we move into Thanksgiving and Advent season we are gifted with fresh opportunities to analyze our hopes. As we look out the windows of our lives we sometimes encounter seemingly hopeless situations. At times there are health issues or relational issues that appear impossible to resolve. Other times it is the global strife around us that can feel daunting. Finding hope and holding on to it can be a challenge. Christians, despite all of...

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Who sinned?

Who sinned?

“Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind?” – John 9:2 (ESV)   Jesus’s disciples, upon seeing a man in his broken condition, want to know who is responsible for what has happened to him. Had the man failed personally? Perhaps his parents made some bad decisions that impacted his life. In either case, the man’s blindness, in their view, is due to some indiscretion or lack of responsibility.   Jesus answers their query by stating, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works...

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Today: two choices

Today: two choices

“And he was saying, 'Jesus, remember me when You come in Your Kingdom!' And He said to him, 'Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.'" (Luke 23:42-43) This passage is taken from the account of the crucifixion of Jesus. There were two crooks who were crucified with him. One crook mocked Jesus, the other crook praised Jesus. In this life, we experience so many things that are crooked, bent or slanted. Situations of injustice or indifference. We eventually confront bent places in our own heart. None of us yearns to confront the “criminality" in our own soul, but sooner or...

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Love, Listen, Lament, Life

Love, Listen, Lament, Life

Today I'm delighted to introduce you to a new member of our staff, Ben Sciacca. Ben is our Director of Leadership Development and joins our coaching team in helping leaders survive and thrive. He comes with a wealth of experience, wisdom, and skills--one being that he is a published author! I hope you enjoy his blog. Then you might want to check out Ben's book, Meals from Mars: A Parable of Prejudice and Providence. It's a compelling read, food for reflection, and conversation starter. Includes discussion questions great for small groups and families. God bless, Danny Wuerffel  ...

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Hope and Help

Hope and Help

Romans 12:6 instructs us that "in His grace God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well." Then the apostle Paul begins to state a category of specific gifts any of us might have. I do not believe this list is exhaustive, but rather for expediency sake, Paul concluded this narrative over the next several verses. It is interesting to note that, in this particular passage, Paul underscores gifts that frequently express themselves in what is often termed as “Social Capital.” One way to define social capital is when one person (capital) uses their influence, friendship,...

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Upside down and backwards

Upside down and backwards

As we were preparing for Communion last Sunday at church, I was overcome with a strong sense of both sorrow and joy reflecting on the broken body and shed blood of Christ—in particular, the upside down, backwards way that Christ “wins” through losing. He exerts his power by relinquishing it, making himself vulnerable, and somehow it is through “his wounds we are healed.” Lost in contemplation, I was startled when my wife poked me in the arm and began to say something. My immediate thought was, “What could possibly be important enough to interrupt this sacred moment?” Well,...

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