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November 26, 2019

I was struck by how simple the message of this mountain in Niland, CA was. Here is this huge piece of art and the only words around are; “God is Love”, “Jesus Loves you, you love Jesus”, “Repent and Believe in Jesus.” A lot of signs that just said “Bible” or “Acts 2 -...

November 21, 2019

This was originally posted on April 12, 2018.

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“The universe is wider than our views of it.” – Henry David Thoreau (Walden, page 369)

I have always been struck by the vastness of this earth. I was more amazed as...

June 6, 2019

I wrote the following 6 months before Grace and Mercy Church was started. I had no idea what God would do, but I knew I could trust Him. I'm glad that I did. We've been at it, with these hopes and this heart for 4.5 years and have seen God do some really amazing things...

May 16, 2019

We live with kindness. 

We strive to not be mean. 

We want to be warm to others. 

We live differently. 

We strive to non-conformity. 

We want to be who God made us. 

We live free of judgment. 

We strive to love and bless others. 

We want salvation to belong to the Lord. 

We liv...

May 7, 2019

I just read a book called the Advocate. There is a character in this book called Flavila. She was a Vestal Virgin in Rome. She was a priestess of the highest order.  When she is introduced in the book she is covered in the blood of a sacrificed animal as a part of a pa...

April 18, 2019

*This piece originally was published in February 2018.*

For the last four years I have been praying about making a vow of stability. I ran across this idea and it stuck in my heart; I’ve been praying about it ever since. The vow comes from the Benedictine Monks who adde...

April 6, 2019

All of these good works boil down to showing love and kindness. This is the task of being a good human. It is not easy.  If it was, the world would be a better place. We tend to lean into selfishness and conceit, greed and consumerism. We don’t do this on purpose; our...

March 21, 2019

In the last year I polled many of my friends about courage. I asked them, “What is your favorite thing about courage?” All the answers were great, and this also led to some deep discussions with a few of my friends. Some of the answers were of a personal nature and som...

March 7, 2019

None of us like feeling that we are a project needing to be “fixed.” This is no different for our friends that need some of the social services offered in our community. We all like to be listened to and feel heard. We all want value and worth as individuals. We don’t...

February 21, 2019

**This post continues Scott's series on prevention from December.**

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A dear friend of mine was talking about some good work that she was doing. She said that she was making friends; her good works were as simple as that. When I...

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