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Rising above the rest....

The Vineyard Dear Friends,   Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”  And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”   Isaiah was a man in love with God before God called Him.  This was a man ready to do whatever it was that God required—-regardless of if the assignment was great or humble, inspiring or dispiriting, noteworthy or quickly forgotten.  It did not matter. His resolve was shown in his plucky response to God: Here am I. Send me!   This, if you will, is what happens when one experiences the call of God on their life. And the call of God happens when we...

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Do you promise you will come back?

The Vineyard Dear Friends,   I had to leave my home tonight for two hours to attend a church meeting.  As always happens there was a major emotional meltdown with one of the younger boys. He begged to come with me, cried, pouted, threw a tantrum, screamed, yelled—-you name it….he did it.  But I have never, not once, surrendered to his demands like this.  Why does he do this?   Again, I was only gone for a couple of hours, but you would have thought I was being led to an firing squad the way he behaved.  Finally, thirty minutes later, he was exhausted, apologized, hugged me, asked once more if he could go with me, and then asked me...

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You're getting older--no matter who you are..

The Vineyard Dear Friends,   The honesty of children—it’s something that keeps those of us in summer camp “young at heart”, I think.   I was asked today by my seven year old, “Daddy, why do you look so old”?  I quipped back, “Because I am old”!  But his honesty reminded me that I can’t hide who I am, what I am, how I look from my four sons—particularly the younger ones, they simply have no filter. What they think comes our of their mouths instantly.   This can be a good thing, perhaps, or a very embarrassing and awkward thing. I appreciate their honest evaluations of me, at times (“why are you always mad at me”?, “why is your...

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A spontaneous love....

 The Vineyard Dear Friends,   After dinner tonight, something drew all of us (the boys and our guests)outside. Maybe it was just to enjoy the warm evening and the coming of summer, but before long e began throwing a frisbee around, and within a few minutes everyone was throwing the frisbee, competing to see who could catch the most, who could throw the farthest, and so on. For thirty minutes we were all engaged in a spontaneous time of running, laughing, showing our athletic prowess (or lack of) and, in general, just enjoying each other.   It was a totally  unpremeditated event that no one gave any thought or preparation to. It just “happened” because a frisbee was nearby...

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Living a life worthy of the name...

 The Vineyard Dear Friends,   Galatian 4:1-6  As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.  There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;  one Lord, one faith, one baptism;  one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.   We often talk about the need to being more like “The New Testament church”, as if that church had their act...

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