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Isolation the New Epidemic

Isolation: The New Epidemic

“Be brave and strong! Don’t be afraid of the nations on the other side of the Jordan. The Lord your God will always be at your side, and he will never abandon you.” Deuteronomy 13:6 (CEV)   “Social isolation is a growing epidemic, one that’s increasingly recognized as having dire physical, mental and emotional consequences.”…

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Living at Peace At Work

Living at Peace; Romans 12:18 at Work

Romans 12:18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.   A question we have all asked is “when is enough enough?”   When do I need to/when can I let go of someone? When is it okay to give up?   Or maybe it’s the other…

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Making Decisions at Scale

Making Decisions at Scale

  Decisions can be difficult, even at a small scale, when the outcomes of those decisions only effect a few people. Those same decisions become increasingly more difficult as you increase the number of people impacted by the outcomes. Andy Stanley has often said that he attempts to make decisions to “do for one what…

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Leading by Faith

Leading by Faith

“We encourage you, brothers and sisters, to instruct those who are not living right, cheer up those who are discouraged, help the weak, and be patient with everyone.” 1 Thessalonians 5:14 (GW)   How do we live out our faith in the work place?   Faith is often a very private matter, especially in our…

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How to Wait Well on God

How to Wait Well on God

Have you been praying about a situation in your life and found yourself waiting for a breakthrough? Are you wondering why the answer hasn’t come yet? Do you feel as though victory is passing you by? Many of us are feeling the pressure of this time. In the midst of the ever changing pandemic and…

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Peace and Joy

Peace and Joy

“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Peace! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, ‘Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?’ They were terrified and asked each other, ‘Who is this? Even the wind and the…

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Work Trauma

Work Trauma

The majority of my education and training in pastoral counseling focused on major issues within the family system and systemic oppression.  Cycles of abuse, neglect, childhood formation, gender roles, physical trauma, and so many other GIGANTIC issues that impact our psyche and leave us spending most of our adulthood either perpetuating these dysfunctions, rebounding through…

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Work Grief Blog by Jennifer Mazzola

Work Grief

  “But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand.” Psalm 10:14 We were recently interviewing a panel of Austin business men.  They were sharing stories about leadership, their faith, and their experiences as their roles shifted and changed throughout their career.  One of them mentioned…

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Tending the Sheep

Tending the Sheep

One of my favorite facets of the story of David centers around 1 Samuel 16, the anointing of David by the prophet Samuel.  The Lord sends Samuel to the family of Jesse. After looking over seven of the possible future kings Samuel asks, “Are these all the sons you have?”   “There is still the…

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A Crisis of Faith

A Crisis of Forgiveness

Christ, the epitome of a servant leader, humbled himself to the depths of human pain in his death on the cross.  His death was the ultimate lynching. Even still, he forgave us all. He gave us an example of how we are to respond.   Lynchings, mob killings in which the victim is denied humane treatment…

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