Tag Archives: Risk-taking

Cast Your Bread Upon the Waters

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here Throughout the month of August, we’re looking at Ecclesiastes, that strange and seemingly “modern” Old Testament book that depicts what happens when humanity searches for ultimate meaning apart from God.  She was a teenager with a happy spirit. “I don’t have much in the way of money or worldly possessions.  I’m not beautiful, intelligent,… Read more »

The Other Side of the Lake

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. The Other Side of the Lake Most of the accounts we have of the life of Jesus happen around the Sea of Galilee. What ancient Jews called the Sea is actually a large freshwater lake in the middle of northern Israel.  During the time of Jesus, the region around this lake was… Read more »

Peter Steps Out

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For the four weeks leading up to and going beyond Easter, let’s take a look at the life of Peter.  Because he’s so often at the center of both the brightest and darkest moments in the Gospels, he has always been a source of hope and inspiration for those endeavoring to follow Jesus.  A man appeared one day at the… Read more »

You Can’t Just Sit There

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In July 1982, 33-year-old Larry Walters of Long Beach, California, pulled off one of the craziest stunts in aviation history. As a child Larry had longed to fly.  But poor eyesight disqualified him from pilot training.  Then he got an idea. Walters attached 45 helium-filled weather balloons to his lawn chair.  He strapped himself in with a few sandwiches, a… Read more »

Choose to Be Brave

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Throughout Lent, we’re exploring the parables of Jesus – the two dozen or so stories that were his chief means of describing the reality of God’s rule on earth.  Life may be thought of as a series of big decisions and little decisions. The big ones seem to predominate: Where will you live, and what line of work will you… Read more »

Taking Risks

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The Matterhorn is a mountain like no other. At 14,692 feet, it’s hardly the tallest peak in the world.  In fact, it’s only the 12th highest summit in the Alps, and barely cracks the global list of the top 400.  But the Matterhorn is hands-down the most photographed peak on the planet, not least because of its striking resemblance to… Read more »