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[25 Mar 2015]
Saved!

by Doug Wysockey-Johnson At a recent Lumunos Men’s retreat, I asked the question “Have you ever been saved by God?” Not in the altar call, conversion, ask Jesus-in-to-your-heart-and-he-will-save-you-from- your-sins kind of way. I meant more like an answer to the cry of the Psalmist: Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me. (Ps. 69) Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect—I had never asked this question before on a retreat. I wasn’t even sure how I would answer it. But the guys jumped in with lots of responses that touched me deeply. A few told stories about being in the grip of addiction. For them, God’s help came in the form of someone inviting them to an AA meeting. One man talked about the death of his 12 ...

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[17 Mar 2015]
Returning and Re-membering

by Lauren Van Ham Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart. ~ Joel 2:12 Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come. ~ Rumi  **(see video below) Two summers ago, I was taking an online course with a favorite Buddhist teacher. Midway through the course, he posed a thought that really grabbed me and offered great comfort. It’s a lesson I’m quick to forget and re-membering myself to it, almost always offers great comfort. The teaching is what he calls, “the elasticity of time.” He offered that, since the past has already happened and exists as a memory, and since the future is purely potential that merely exists in our imagination, in truth, the present moment holds BOTH the past ...

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