Author: Randi Benavente

Gift
December 13, 2017
Are there people in this world who feel like a gift to others? And I don't mean the obnoxious people who spend all of the conversation talking about themselves or the men/women...
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Thanksliving
December 1, 2017
There is more and more research that gratitude is good for your mental, and subsequently, physical health.  It is also good for your spiritual health.  It should be part of...
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Broken Connections
November 16, 2017
Does our brokenness make it harder or easier to love one another? To love God? In some ways, I think it makes it easier. Brokeness unites us in ways that joy cannot. Much pain is...
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“You feed them”
November 11, 2017
"You feed them." This is what Jesus said to the disciples when they told him that the crowd listening to him was hungry. The disciples were looking to disperse everyone so the...
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Pride
October 25, 2017
It is the human obsession with being unique and different that really convicted me as I listened to the message this morning.  Everyone wants to be special, myself included....
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Courage
October 21, 2017
I have mixed feelings about courage.  In theory, it is a great concept—be brave for things that matter.  And Christian courage—being brave for God and things that matter to...
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God never lets us down
October 3, 2017
Does God ever let us down?  In church today, we sang the words that God never lets us down, and I found myself wondering.  I've certainly FELT let down by God.  I've prayed for...
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Trusting Others
September 28, 2017
Is trusting others necessary to be a faithful Christian?  Pastor James asserted this was so in his message on Sunday.  I'm still trying to get my head around it.  Honestly,...
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Preparing for Chaos
September 21, 2017
James has started a new series on surfing in chaos. I like that image of surfing on the crazy waves of life. Sometimes they are more like tidal waves and all but overwhelm us. In...
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Faith in Chaos
September 15, 2017
I have been really touched by recent messages here at St. James. A few weeks ago, James talked about faith. Last week, he talked about God's presence in chaos. And it occurs to me...
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