Author Archives: Tom Long

The Rod, The Rock, and The Water-Beach Meditation 10

Exodus 17:1-7 17 The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2 So they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us … Continue reading

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Life, Death, and Living – Beach Meditation 9

The epistle reading for this Sunday contradicts the character in Kenny Chesney’s song. Philippians 1:21-30 21 For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for … Continue reading

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Fool Me Once, Forgive 77 Times

 Fool Me Once, Forgive Seventy-Seven Times Matthew 18 21 Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to … Continue reading

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Beach Walk Meditation 1 – God and Gender

I had just finished surfing and started thinking about God and gender as I was sitting in my chair and hydrating. I decided to take a walk down the beach and share my thoughts. In the past, I couldn’t do … Continue reading

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Won’t You Be a Neighbor?

I am a racist. It is something I hate in myself. The only reason I’m not condemned to hell for it is because Jesus took that judgment on himself in my place. Every day, when by God’s grace, I grow … Continue reading

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