Archive: May, 2012

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Engage in Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual direction is a process by which a person joins with another who serves as faith mentor, guide, companion and supporter along the way.  A spiritual director helps one listen for God and leads the directee through the signs of the day.  If you would like to walk with Steve Arnold as your spiritual director […]

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How Can The Church Be Ready for the Tidal Wave of Dementia?

The Alzheimer’s Association (http://www.alz.org/downloads/facts_figures_2012.pdf) reports “that an estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease in 2012. This figure includes 5.2 million people age 65 and older and 200,000 individuals under age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer’s.   One in eight people age 65 and older (13 percent) has Alzheimer’s disease.Nearly half of people […]

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WALK SLOWLY AND NEVER LOOK BUSY

I recently saw a sign that said, “People who are always in a hurry work out of a sense of oppression rather than a sense of call.” This is a strong statement, but as I ponder the statement I believe it to be true. I have been in diaconal ministry for 42 years, and for […]

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  • An Eye-Opening Awareness: One More Transition for this Guy

    I sat at a luncheon two weeks ago that opened my eyes to a reality that I knew was there, but as the discussion unfolded I began to realize how the discussion, about to take place, was going to expand my thinking. As I listened to the needs of the people with whom I shared […]

  • TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE: LETTING GOD SET THE AGENDA

    When it comes to the human condition and a desire to change, we can become easily frustrated: we think that we want to change … but we really don’t. Paul expresses this contradiction well in Romans 7:15-24: “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do […]

  • The Crisis of Loneliness

    THE NATIONAL CRISIS CALLED LONELINESS From “LINKED IN” “America is becoming Isolation Nation. Nearly half of respondents to a nationwide survey by health insurer Cigna say they always or sometimes feel alone, and 54% say they feel no one knows them well. Such loneliness is connected to increased risk of heart disease, stroke and premature death. The […]

  • KEEP MOVING!

    I was leaving the exercise machine area at the gym, after a training session, and when I looked, up I saw her coming. She was pushing her wheelchair toward the exercise area. I said to her how inspired I was by watching her persevere at exercise. She said, “I am 86 years old and I […]

  • THE NATURE OF CHANGE

    I have a mixed relationship with the concept of change. I seldom, if ever, rearrange furniture. In my world there is a God-ordained place that furniture belongs, so leave it alone. I have a terrible habit of walking through the house in the dark, because i can. I know it is not safe (so I […]