Category Archives: Thoughts and Prayers from Pastor Rich

Post-Election Thoughts from Pastor Rich

I left Sonoma last Wednesday, 11/2, and while sitting in Istanbul airport on the way home, I feel it’s not the same place I left. The most contentious, bitter and nasty election in memory is now history. Some of us … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: Love the Sinner—Hate the sin.

Love the Sinner—Hate the sin.* I’ve heard the phrase so often I almost believe it. Then I realize that’s only something God can say—not me. And when God says it, I’m standing among the sinners, for we’ve all fallen short … Continue reading

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Why do I jump from my job description and keep trying to do God’s job?

Why do I jump from my job description and keep trying to do God’s job?  I’ve been given the clear assignment to love, not judge my “neighbor,” and that the judging part, if there is any judging to be done … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: “God said it–I believe it–that settles it”

“God says it—I believe it—that settles it!” Bumper sticker Christianity is so tempting, but so wrong. “The God’s Must Be Crazy” is about a man from an extremely remote village in Australia who discovers a soda bottle that was dropped … Continue reading

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Last night the church fire alarm went off just before 10pm

  Last night the church fire alarm went off just before 10pm. I jumped in my car and roared up to church, remembering a similar drive the night of March 19, 1989 when the fire destroyed the old carriage house … Continue reading

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I anticipate three very difficult meetings today dealing with three very different situations.

  I anticipate three very difficult meetings today dealing with three very different situations. The first has to do with figuring out how a couple of teams can work together instead of one team trying to do the other team’s … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle?

I don’t know if you’ve ever been on the receiving end of this piece of cherished Christian advice, but it is devastating and destructive: “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” I’m not sure where to even begin … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves?

“God helps those who help themselves” has to be the most quoted verse that’s not in the Bible.  But it’s one of our favorites when pointing to the fault of someone else for not being able to “pull themselves up … Continue reading

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“When we deny our stories, they define us; when we own our stories, we get to write the ending.” Brené Brown

“When we deny our stories, they define us; when we own our stories, we get to write the ending.” Brené Brown You’re invited to a deeply power a spiritual process of owning your story and revolutionizing your life with a … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: Look For The Helpers

Fred Rogers: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mothers would say to me, “look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” It was apocalyptic. People calmly boarded … Continue reading

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Pusillanimity = puny spirit

  Pusillanimity = puny spirit. May we live our lives with courage this day no matter what our challenges. May we do the “good” we’re capable of doing. Rich

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Choosing hope over despair has always been a crucial choice

  Choosing hope over despair has always been a crucial choice for me.  But as I rise this morning to a new day, it feels like it is an even more important choice given the tenor of the news that’s … Continue reading

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Bill Shea told this joke…

Bill Shea told this joke to describe what it felt like for him and his wife Mary when news of their son Tim’s death reached them: Someone had stolen their tent. Their life as it had been ended. Yes, this … Continue reading

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Pain is a great teacher if we are willing to be taught

Pain is a great teacher if we are willing to be taught. I believe part of the reason Jesus ended up seeking out those who were sinners, is they were the ones most likely to be in pain and know … Continue reading

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Back from Courage Camp with Daring Way Community

Back from Courage Camp with the Daring Way community. Looking forward to leading the Rising Strong workshop June 10-11 at Hanna. We’ll start at 6pm Friday, and Saturday go from 8:30 until about 3pm. Daring Way got us into the … Continue reading

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