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Uncomfortable Lyrics - Oceans

Tom Elenbaas

Many of us have been blessed by the power of the worship song Oceans. I like the song. Like actual ocean waves and tides, the music swells and catches us up in its movement. It has a certain mystical mesmerizing quality to it that modern worship songs have, drawing us in, lifting us up, connecting at deeper levels than we realize.

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Shadow Mission

Tom Elenbaas

The shadow mission is the allure of centering our lives around something that is unworthy, selfish, or dark—a shadow mission. Ultimately, the shadow mission is derivative of the shadow side of our character or personality.

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ShadowBoxing

Tom Elenbaas

Shadows. We all find ourselves at times shadow boxing. There are sides to us – our personalities, our drives, our gifts – which are mere shadows of who we really are, and they are often, and unfortunately, unbecoming.

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Sabbath & Sanctuary

Tom Elenbaas

Yesterday at South Harbor Church, I preached in our Juggling Elephants series about Sabbath and Sanctuary as God's prescribed antidotes to being Redlined and Unbalanced. I promised second service that I would post some really practical resources for those who might be wondering how to take some steps to real life change from the crazy-making many of us are experiencing. 

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Trifling and Desensitization

Tom Elenbaas

[Excerpt] Is it possible that our trifling with evil in small portions chips away at the heart of our soul? Sounds like a rhetorical question to me. When I think clearly about it, I can find no justification for trifling with evil, and yet how often don't we ingest daily doses in small portions? 

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