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Blog Archives: July 2015

How Can You Make the Most of the Rest of the Year?

July 30, 2015
Tag Tuck
You’ve made it. You’re more than halfway through 2015. Back at the beginning of the year I wrote a short note with this beatitude: “Blessed is the man who restarts devotions.” Where are you today? Maybe this is the year that you started a year long devotional plan on January 1st and you are cruising along right on schedule. Maybe it’s the first time in your life you’ve done this? If so, congratulations! Take some time to celebrate. But maybe you have a calendar in your desk that you left off writing appointments in back in March....

4 Roses to Smell When You’re Upset

July 24, 2015
Tag Tuck
Stop and smell the roses. We tell ourselves that this is one of the keys to enjoying life. It’s hardest to stop and smell the roses when we’re upset. You’re angry at someone for something they’ve said. You are hurt by the actions of another. This is the moment when we most need to stop and smell the roses. What do I mean? Here’s what happens when you get upset: First there is an event. Something happens. A friend sends you an email that says he just bought a new car. Second you tell yourself a story. This can happen so fast we don’t ...

Gold Rush 2015

July 16, 2015
Stacey Powdrell
Have you ever played the game Jenga?  For those of you who haven’t, it requires players to take turns removing one block from a tower of 54 blocks and then placing the removed piece on top of the tower without knocking the whole thing over.  As play continues, the tower becomes taller but it also becomes less stable.  Eventually the game ends when someone knocks the tower over and it collapses. Collapse was the theme for Gold Rush this year.  Throughout the week students from Perimeter Church gave large group talks, shared personal ...

4 Questions for Engaging Today's Headlines

July 09, 2015
Tag Tuck
How do you get your news? Whether viewing them in print or on your digital screen, today’s headlines affect our hearts and minds. Some stories, as we read them, stir up in us a desire to do something. Other stories stir up our desire to “change the channel” because, while hard or sad, they don’t seem to concern us. We waver between poles of concern and indifference. How should a growing Christian engage today’s headlines? Here are four questions to consider: 1) What is my source for today’s headlines? The first thing to consider is where ...

Fruit of the Spirit: Self-Control

July 02, 2015
Stacey Powdrell
Today concludes our fruit of the Spirit series with last but not least, self-control.  Although it’s the caboose, it plays a vital role in the other seven fruits. I actually find it very amusing that my name ended up on the blog schedule next to this final fruit.  It’s a challenging one for me.  Although self-control has a very simple and clear definition, it could be one of the most difficult things to learn. So what exactly is self-control and how can one develop this virtue? Author and blogger Ann Voskamp says self-control is “doing ...