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When It's Time to Say Good-bye

A lady made a difficult decision to come and talk with me recently. She wanted to tell me her family was moving on to another church. It was not an easy conversation for either of us. She had served faithfully at Living Streams for several...

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A Model of Love

Our family will gather in Napa, California in April for my mother’s 90th birthday. Roberta Buckley has eight children, twenty-one grandchildren, and several great grandchildren with more on the way. Her life is full with lots of family, friends, faith and and bridge....

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Climate Change

I was driving to Living Streams on a recent Sunday morning when NPR announced the UN had released a report on climate change. It said scientists have evidence our behaviors have negatively impacted our environment and weather. They...

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What in the World is Going On?

Many people wonder how a group like ISIS can draw men from the free world to fight on its behalf. Why would a young man from Minnesota, London, or Sweden, leave the comfort of his home and risk his life fighting to establish an Islamic State? An Islamic State, or caliphate...

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The Big Difference

I've heard many people say, "As long as you believe in something, that's all that matters." They don't think it makes a difference what you believe about God. That is a naive philosophy. The world around us is screaming out a very different message. The Muslims involved in ISIS force men to convert to their brand of Islam or face execution. Like the...

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The Healer of Broken Lives

Like many people around the world, I grieved when I heard the news of Robin Williams' death. We both grew up in Marin County and attended the College of Marin at the same time. Kristina knew Robin from Redwood High School and College of Marin. She loved listening to Robin ...

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My sermon June 1 was titled, "What’s the Big Deal about Sex?" About fifteen minutes into my message, two rows of high school students sitting in the front right side of our sanctuary stood up and walked out. I didn't know what I had said that disturbed them so much. I continued my message, but I was upset. I felt like I must lack the wisdom...

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A Walk of Grace

At Living Streams our Easter services are packed with members and visitors. I feel extra pressure to prepare a good sermon for Easter. I want to bring fresh inspiration, not a recycled message. I had felt impressed by the Spirit to speak about the walk Jesus took with two disciples on the road to Emmaus after His resurrection. Two weeks before Easter, I went ...

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An Unexpected Blessing

In February, Living Streams hosted a worship and prayer meeting that was attended by a few hundred Catholics and Evangelicals. The local Catholic bishops were present along with Matteo Calisi and Giovani Traettino from Italy. I was sitting in a front pew next to Matteo when Robert Briggs, the Executive Vice President of the...

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Obedience Has Its Rewards

Giovani Traettino leads a network of Pentecostal Churches in Italy. For years Pentecostals had experienced persecution from Italian Catholics. So in 1992, when Giovani was invited to speak to a large meeting of Catholic Charismatics in Bari, Italy, he felt conflicted. He loved preaching the gospel, but he didn't want to betray...

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