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Can You Feel the Joy?

I am so proud of our Living Streams family. I know we are not the biggest, hippest, or even best church in town. But my heart wells up with steady joy as I see us step further...

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Why Do We Preach?

Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 1 Corinthians 9:16 I remember the first time I preached a sermon. I was 17 years old. I was in something called The School of inistry at Applegate Christian Fellowship. I was one of twenty ...

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A Marvelous Creation of God

Hundreds of people gathered around food-filled tables —smiling, laughing, getting to know each other, and talking about life. Kids running around the same tables, also smiling, laughing and ...

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The Transforming Power of Giving

David Stockton is celebrating his 40th birthday with his brothers, cousin, and a couple of old friends on a beautiful island this week. I hope he gets a refreshing break, and as well as prayer and ...

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September - Finally!

Ahhh September. Cooler weather. (I wrote cooler, not cold.) College football. (Yes, I like college better than pro.) And best of all, my birthday. Also, for those of us living in Phoenix it's a huge sign of achievement to see that calendar flip from August...

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Some Big Questions

This Sunday, we will dive into a very deep and detailed chapter of prophetic literature. This chapter forces us to deal with questions like: Where did evil come from? How could a good God allow war and pain and evil? Is there a devil? So...really light and ...

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Check it Out

This is my weekly email to the Living Streams Family, but my hope is that it will be so much more. Each week I hope these emails bring you clarity, and understanding to cut through the current cloud of confusion that is causing your path to be unclear and ...

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The Final Word

Last week I was in my kitchen as I heard my 8-year-old daughter clanging out something on my electric guitar. It was music to my ears as she sang her heart out. As I tuned in I heard, “Trust in your heart and your sun shines forever and ever.” When she...

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Lessons from Messy Miracles

I am looking forward to sharing a message this Sunday at Living Streams called, “Lessons from Messy Miracles.” Over the years our family has experienced a couple of miracles which were not only ...

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A Messy Miracle of Mercy

My wife, Kristina, has had heart troubles since she had untreated strep throat, Asian flu, pneumonia and scarlet fever as a child. These illnesses left her with myocarditis and pericarditis. Her parents were alcoholics, ...

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Like a Boomerang

My daughters have a new favorite song right now called “Boomerang.” (It is a little embarrassing to admit that I know the song, because a 15 year-old punk rock girl named Jo Jo sings it.) There is a line repeated in the song that says, “I don't really care...

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Freedom is Having the Least Amount of Chains

Bam! Just like that I have figured out the millennial mystery. I have deciphered the mysterious motivations that lead to this millennial generation's methods and madness....

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The Kids Had it Great This Week

Since the heat wave is on in Phoenix, my seven-year-old, Bella B,, my five-year-old, Eva G,, and my six-year-old, Luther the dog, all hopped in our minivan and we headed north. Our game plan was ...

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Happy Father's Day

Brittany reached over and gently tapped me on the shoulder and said, “I think it is time.” It was midnight and I had been asleep for an hour, so it took me a couple of seconds to realize what she meant. When it hit me, I bolted upright and a thousand ...

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While You're Making Plans this Summer...

Hello, everybody out there! I'd love to hear where you are as you read this. I know many of you Phoenicians are “escape artists” this time of year. So, if you could just take a second to comment, it would be ...

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The Heat is On

June is here, and that means a very different thing to those who are in Wisconsin than it does to us here in the desert. The heat is on. Even my visiting Belizean friends. who live in 90º weather with 90% humidity all year round, have been ...

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Higher Love

If there were no pain and death in the world, we would not need to talk about Jesus. If all we experienced in our world was peace and tranquility, we would never need to rock the boat by bringing up the powerful, unsettling name of Jesus. But ...

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God is My Judge

The name Daniel means God is my judge. In my opinion, it has become very hard these days to judge what is right and true in the midst of all the clamor and confusion. It seems there is very little substantial meat in the extremely fattened ...

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Mom

I Miss My Mom. She took her last breath of this world’s air 12 years ago. For 53 years before that, she added light and love and good food to the world she interacted with. She was a strong believer, a faithful wife, a caring mother, and a 5-foot ...

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The First 100 Days

Trump has been in office for 100 days, and it is what it is. I am not going to comment on that, but I've been in my new role for 100 days as well. If you have a few minutes, I would like to comment on that. First, I feel a massive amount ...

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About Worship

Psalm 100 begins this way in The Message translation: On your feet now—applaud God! Bring a gift of laughter, Sing yourselves into his presence. Know this: God is God! He made us; we didn't make Him We’re his people, his well-tended sheep. Enter with ...

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We're Only Halfway Through

Don’t even think about taking your foot off the gas pedal right now. Yes, we did have an amazing Passion Week around Living Streams. Yes, we did have a service on Palm Sunday that left many of us ...

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It's Passion Week

As my 39-year-old eyes survey this old world, I see things similarly to the one who wrote the book of Ecclesiastes. “I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind,” says the Teacher, son of David, King of...

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What Can I Do When I Feel Punctured, Pierced and in Pain?

I have a contest for you this week. Without Googling, what are the three times God the Father spoke audibly during Jesus’ earthly life that are recorded for ...

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Why I Believe in Tithing

The only time in all of Scripture that we are asked to test God is in reference to tithing. In Malachi 3, God promises to pour out a greater blessing than we can hold if we are faithful in our tithes and offerings. In over forty-five years of ministry, I have seen God faithfully fulfill his ...

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Vacation Thoughts

There are some expressions in the modern, American version of the English language that have been mulling around in my mind. They have to do with the most basic, yet vital of human functions: breathing. When breathing in, air journeys into the mouth and nostrils, travels...

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Ditch the Garage

Not so long ago a friend of mine talked about his recent move to the central corridor in Phoenix. He told me about one of the distinguishing features of the surrounding homes from the 1940s –1960s: there are no garages. At first it was different for him and seemed like a ...

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