R.E.A.L. BOUNDARIES
by Derek Dickinson on February 2nd, 2023
     According to author Arianna Huffington “one American falls asleep at the wheel every second” (The Sleep Revolution, 112).  This leads to about 6,400 deaths a year killed by drowsy drivers (The Sleep Revolution, 32).  This is just one symptom of the frenzied, messy lives most of us struggle with.  Often this frantic pace is driven by people pleasing.  Our default is to say yes when we really s...  Read More
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The Power of Words
by Derek Dickinson on January 18th, 2023
      With words and a microphone a comedian can make us laugh. With words a teacher can open and stretch a mind.  With words a parent can give a child a strong belief that they are loved.  And yet:  with words a parent can convince a child that they are worthless.  With words a bully can crush a spirit.  We all have experienced the power of words.  King Solomon acknowledges the impact of words wh...  Read More
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God With Us
by Derek Dickinson on December 21st, 2022
     Years ago I saw a commercial for a pair of glasses for the color blind.  The glasses allow them to see color for the first time.  It moves grown men to tears to see the world they have been missing.  One older man was so excited he started clapping like a small child.  Imagine life without color.  Something is missing.  Can you live without color?  Yes, but it’s incredibly sad to be in a blac...  Read More
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The Point of Christmas
by Derek Dickinson on December 15th, 2022
     I love Christmas.  The music, the food, the times with family and of course the gifts.  Many feel the same, I recently read that as many as two million people visit the little town of Bethlehem every year (Joy To The World, Scott Hahn, 1).  There is so much to enjoy about the season, the generosity it spawns and even the busyness is captivating.  But in the midst of all the hustle and bustle ...  Read More
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The Forgotten Side Of God
by Derek Dickinson on November 15th, 2022
      Many people view God’s wrath as portrayed in Scripture as something unseemly.  There is a tendency today to act as God’s editors rather than simply his messengers.  Just as it would be malpractice for a doctor to not tell a person that they have a deadly cancer, it is the Christian’s job to make sure those within their sphere of influence know that there is real danger when we ignore the wra...  Read More
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God is Love
by Derek Dickinson on November 10th, 2022
      If you google the “still face experiment” you will find an exercise psychologists have done that reveals our core need for love and connection.  A mother will do what she normally does, smile at her one-year-old, touch and interact in various ways.  Then she turns away, she then returns with a still face, no reaction and intentionally ignoring all the child’s tactics to make a connection.  N...  Read More
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Battling Conformity
by Derek Dickinson on October 13th, 2022
      Years ago I used to watch a show, “Star Trek:  The Next Generation.”  In my mind, the stand-out enemy of the Federation was a group called “The Borg.”  They would capture people, take away their freewill and make them part of the collective.  The Borg were known for saying to their potential victims “you will be assimilated.”  I think of the Borg when I read the Apostle Paul’s words, “Do not...  Read More
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Breaking Chains
by Derek Dickinson on October 5th, 2022
      Most of us have an area in life where we are wrapped in chains.  Whether you call it a bad habit, signature sin, weakness or maybe even an addiction, the struggle is real.  It could be with a particular emotion, such as anger or a substance (legal or illegal), or with a toxic relationship.  How do we move forward?  How do we grow into the thriving person that God intends for us to be?      F...  Read More
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Making An Impact
by Derek Dickinson on September 21st, 2022
      Life is short, it is crucial that we are intentional in how we live. Especially if we claim to follow Jesus Christ; we should leave a lasting legacy. Living a life of positive impact is complex, but there are a few keys:1. Focus on the Eternal.     I encourage you to read the book of Ecclesiastes. There are so many paths offered to us to live the “good life.” King Solomon explored most of th...  Read More
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Grieving Well
by Derek Dickinson on September 14th, 2022
      It happened again yesterday.  I was ambushed by grief.  I was at a luncheon and an acquaintance mentioned that she would be attending her father’s 90th birthday party soon.  I felt the tears well up in my eyes, but I was able to keep the conversation going.  My father died this summer and I never know when that grief will get triggered.  My loss is fresh; maybe yours is older or still on its...  Read More
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The Second Touch
by Derek Dickinson on August 24th, 2022
      There is an interesting miracle in Mark 8:22-25.  It states, “They came to Bethsaida and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him.  He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village.  When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him Jesus asked, ‘Do you see anything?’  He looked up and said, ‘I see people; they look like trees walking around.’ ...  Read More
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Intentional Grandparenting
by Derek Dickinson on August 19th, 2022
      My wife and I have five children, so we knew becoming grandparents was likely.  Although in our fifties, it feels odd to be grandparents but it’ not uncommon.  We now have one grandchild in heaven, one who is delightfully 1 ½ and one still in the womb that we will meet soon.  Yes, our toddler granddaughter is delightful, and I have many pictures if you are interested!  I must ask myself and ...  Read More
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