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Embarking Blog

...on the journey towards restoration of all things

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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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The Other Side of Me (Beformed)

Tom Elenbaas

[Exerpt] What might happen if in humility we willingly submitted ourselves to the people we know love us who would only hurt us to help us? Do we have those people in our lives we can trust with our open vulnerability, and how might our character be formed for the better if they help us see the other side of ourselves?

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I Choose Encounter

Tom Elenbaas

[Exerpt] I've walked into St. Peter's Basilica, ducked down into an underground sanctuary carved out of the tufo in the Italian catacombs, stepped silently under the ageless brush-marks of Michelangelo, and climbed stone steps literally worn down by the constant penance of saints in prayer on their knees. The awe of these unique moments are experiences I'll never forget, but there was a deeper encounter at the core that transcended the purely experiential high into an existential moment that's difficult to grasp or describe.

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Zombies, Doug McClintic, Rocky, Chumbawamba, & Toby Mac

Tom Elenbaas

[Exerpt] What do these five things have in common? Good question. I never said my mind worked normally... The dead rise and walk as a testimony to the truth that Jesus is no quitter. He gets knocked down, and then gets up again. And again. And again. Followers of Jesus are truly dead people walking. 

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