With

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So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. - 2 Thessalonians 1:11 NLT My wife Lisa and I are musicians. One way we love to serve is by creating...

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Traffic

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I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. - 1 Timothy 2:1 NLT In Minneapolis, there’s a downtown freeway entrance that presents drivers with a myriad of road options. It’s a mad scramble for...

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Imperfect

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This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. - 1 Timothy 1:15 NLT I gave a sermon recently that wasn’t too good. My co-pastors lovingly told me it was a real snoozer...

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Conflict for Conflict Avoiders – 4

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So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die. - Galatians 2:20-21 NLT When I was fourteen, I got...

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Conflict for Conflict Avoiders – 3

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. . . are you now trying to make these Gentiles follow the Jewish traditions? - Galatians 2:14 NLT Ever have a conversation blow up? I have. As a pastor and former music director, I would occasionally have difficult conversations with people. Usually they went well, but every once in a...

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Conflict for Conflict Avoiders – 2

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When he [Peter] first arrived, he ate with the Gentile believers, who were not circumcised. - Galatians 2:12 NLT Back in the 90s we lived in Nashville. Beautiful town, great people, horrible bugs—especially the dreaded camelback crickets. If you’ve never seen one of these...

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Conflict for Conflict Avoiders

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But when Peter came to Antioch, I had to oppose him to his face, for what he did was very wrong. - Galatians 2:11 NLT Years ago I biked to a nearby store and locked up my bike. When I tried to leave, I found my combination lock had jammed, holding my bike prisoner. I rented a bolt cutter...

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