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Dennis
Channahon, Illinois
Interests: my family, southfield, bird nerd, working the ground, montana, warren dunes, green lake, sanibel, real books, solitude, spiritual formation, walks/talks with God, deeper conversations...
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Pain moves us to seek the heart of God. It presses us to ask why. Wonderings arise. Questions about our connection with God arise. This is a good thing. We need to ask serious, soulish questions. While we should not... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at dennis martin papp
Ready to see how quarantine is affecting Brian, our family extrovert? Watch the beginning! Here's the link to our Palm Sunday message: https://youtu.be/leF4Tm6TNOo During Lent we've been debunking lies the serpent whispers to us, This week's lie: God Helps Those... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at dennis martin papp
We started 2020 with Twenty-One Days of Fasting and Prayer. It proved to be a powerful season of community. One feature that united us was knowing that we were praying together on the 20's of every hour. We were never... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2020 at dennis martin papp
COVID-19 is starting to hit closer to home. With the virus now present in our region, we have people going to work, serving among those who are infected. I want to pray, by name, every day for our church's first... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2020 at dennis martin papp
Today we wrap up with Step Five of our five-stage Daily Check-in Prayer. Step Five: Look Toward Tomorrow With Hope I really appreciate this step. My personality is bent toward unproductive, even morbid introspection. I can go dark on myself... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2020 at dennis martin papp
Are you ready for Step Four of this five-stage prayer practice? Step Four: Choose One Feature (Emotion) of the Day and Pray From It. Step Four flows out of Step Three. In Step Three we comb though the previous twenty-four... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2020 at dennis martin papp
Today we look at the third step of our Daily Check-in Prayer Practice. Step Three: Pay Attention to Your Emotions In this prayer, we conduct a scan of the past twenty-four hours. An emotional review is central to this whole... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2020 at dennis martin papp
In this series, we are unfolding a prayer practice that raises awareness God's presence in all things. Yesterday we looked at Step One: Become Aware of God's Presence. Today we build on that awareness by dwelling upon the past twenty-four... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2020 at dennis martin papp
Last Sunday we walked through the five steps of an ancient prayer practice. It is an especially useful prayer in this emotionally volatile season. Each day this week we will look at one of the five steps. Practice each step... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at dennis martin papp
Thanks so much Jan. I have lived though one of the most excited season of change in church history as related to technology. I truly never could have imagined a day like yesterday 30 years ago! I'm so glad the day spoke to you and your friend!
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2020 on Really Connected at dennis martin papp
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On the grounds of Green Lake Conference Center there is log house. It was built in the 1840's by Briswold family, settlers on an 80-acre lot. During the Civil War, dad went off to war for several years. He left... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2020 at dennis martin papp
It's Friday! The weekend is hours away. Strange, isn't it? This weekend will be like no other in our lifetime. No running. No going. No frantic schedule. No sports. No kid's activities. No church service. It's a total shutdown. It's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2020 at dennis martin papp
Wouldn't it be great if a magic folder existed for every actual and possible scenario? I've been looking everywhere for my **COVID-19 2020 Church Leadership Plan** So far, no luck. Instead, it's been long days of recalibrating and catching up.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2020 at dennis martin papp
Thanks so much for sharing Joi! I saw that you got a job and Jewel and was praying it would be a good experience. What a great place to serve people right now! I did offer to take any mean people out of the game for my new friend too! Offer stand for you too!
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2020 on Kindness at dennis martin papp
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Thank you so much Sibyl. What a great season of serving God has provided us. I'm praying for the good health of you, Dick, Linda, Skip and the rest of our Springs family, and for a meaningful season of deep impact on stirred-up souls.
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2020 on Settling a Disquieted Soul at dennis martin papp
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As this virus sweeps our nation, I am being intentional about my role. I want to be an encourager and a supporter. I choose to be a light in the darkness. This said, I hope you don't hear me as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2020 at dennis martin papp
Is it ten people or fifty? I can't go out to eat but I can vote. I could list more. You get it. We're being thrown so many inconsistent messages. Some personality types are wired to shrug and say, "Oh... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at dennis martin papp
Thanks Justin. I assume you all are in lock down as well. How's it going? Ministering at a "social distance" is an interesting challenge.
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2020 on Settling a Disquieted Soul at dennis martin papp
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Already this morning I am agitated. Not angry. Agitated. All stirred up. Unknown is compounded by unknown. Decision have to be made based on what we do not know. I make decisions based on what I know, not what I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2020 at dennis martin papp
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I love doing top ten lists for our family birthdays. I've lapsed. It's been two years since my last top ten. The wait is over. Today my little girl turns...older. Here's a top ten for my baby girl. It was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2020 at dennis martin papp