Dale Fredrickson http://dalefredrickson.com Colorado Pastor, Teacher, Husband, Dad, Father, Brother and Friend Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:11:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Colorado Pastor, Teacher, Husband, Dad, Father, Brother and Friend Dale Fredrickson no Dale Fredrickson dale.fredrickson@gmail.com dale.fredrickson@gmail.com (Dale Fredrickson) Colorado Pastor, Teacher, Husband, Dad, Father, Brother and Friend Progressive Christianity, Dale Fredrickson http://dalefredrickson.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/rss.jpg http://dalefredrickson.com Storyline Part 6: Conflict http://dalefredrickson.com/storyline-part-6-conflict/ http://dalefredrickson.com/storyline-part-6-conflict/#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:57:32 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1925 Video   Audio

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Storyline Part 5: Desire http://dalefredrickson.com/storyline-part-5-desire/ http://dalefredrickson.com/storyline-part-5-desire/#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 06:11:12 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1919   Video Audio

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Shaky Legs http://dalefredrickson.com/shaky-legs/ http://dalefredrickson.com/shaky-legs/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:45:12 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1911 When ocean waves of pain crash on the shores of life. Seismic collisions not easing up. When your heart no longer sees rays of light on the horizon. Hope flickering almost giving up. When billowing dark clouds converge and torrents of rain unsettles the ground. Fears like shaky legs hard to stand up.   Hold […]

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Storyline Part 4: Redemptive Perspective http://dalefredrickson.com/storyline-part-4-redemptive-perspective/ http://dalefredrickson.com/storyline-part-4-redemptive-perspective/#comments Sun, 30 Mar 2014 19:17:22 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1905   Video   Audio

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Storyline Part 3: Life Theme http://dalefredrickson.com/storyline-part-3-life-theme/ http://dalefredrickson.com/storyline-part-3-life-theme/#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 01:53:03 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1899 Video Audio

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Storyline Part 2: Scenes http://dalefredrickson.com/storyline-part-2-scenes/ http://dalefredrickson.com/storyline-part-2-scenes/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 03:01:23 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1892 Leigh Knauert shares some of the scenes from her own life story and helps us to see how to get through the disorienting parts of our story.

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http://dalefredrickson.com/storyline-part-2-scenes/feed/ 0 Ambulances,Bible,daughter,death,disorientation,God,Harry Potter,Orientation,Romans,son,Suffering,Walter Bruggeman Leigh Knauert shares some of the scenes from her own life story and helps us to see how to get through the disorienting parts of our story. Leigh Knauert shares some of the scenes from her own life story and helps us to see how to get through the disorienting parts of our story. Dale Fredrickson no 17:11
Storyline Part 1: Story http://dalefredrickson.com/storyline-part-1-story/ http://dalefredrickson.com/storyline-part-1-story/#comments Sun, 09 Mar 2014 20:34:35 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1882 Theme of God’s Life: Beloved Community.
(Covenant partnership with humans that creates a new world.)

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Keeping Pulse: Offbeat – “Broken Hearts” http://dalefredrickson.com/keeping-pulse-offbeat-broken-hearts/ http://dalefredrickson.com/keeping-pulse-offbeat-broken-hearts/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:07:57 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1873 Video   Audio

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My Dad’s Laugh http://dalefredrickson.com/dads-laugh/ http://dalefredrickson.com/dads-laugh/#comments Sun, 02 Mar 2014 22:46:51 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1869 ….but what I miss the most is my dad's laugh.

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Keeping Pulse: Offbeat – “Disappointed Hearts” http://dalefredrickson.com/keeping-pulse-offbeat-disappointed-hearts/ http://dalefredrickson.com/keeping-pulse-offbeat-disappointed-hearts/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 01:59:15 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1859 How do you move forward when your heart experiences disappointment upon disappointment? This teaching traverses "Choose Your Own Adventure" books, the story of Joseph as found in Genesis 37-50, and Jeremy Abbot.

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http://dalefredrickson.com/keeping-pulse-offbeat-disappointed-hearts/feed/ 0 Abominable snowman,choose your own adventure,coat of many colors,disappointment,flexibility,Genesis,hope,Jeremy Abott,Joseph How do you move forward when your heart experiences disappointment upon disappointment? This teaching traverses "Choose Your Own Adventure" books, the story of Joseph as found in Genesis 37-50, and Jeremy Abbot. How do you move forward when your heart experiences disappointment upon disappointment? This teaching traverses "Choose Your Own Adventure" books, the story of Joseph as found in Genesis 37-50, and Jeremy Abbot. Dale Fredrickson no 19:42
Keeping Pulse: Offbeat – “Hardened Hearts” http://dalefredrickson.com/keeping-pulse-offbeat-hardened-hearts/ http://dalefredrickson.com/keeping-pulse-offbeat-hardened-hearts/#comments Mon, 17 Feb 2014 04:10:39 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1853   Video Audio

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Keeping Pulse: Backbeat – “Loving Hearts” http://dalefredrickson.com/keeping-pulse-backbeat-loving-hearts/ http://dalefredrickson.com/keeping-pulse-backbeat-loving-hearts/#comments Sun, 09 Feb 2014 16:06:37 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1843 Did Jesus really ask us to “love our enemies?”
Is Jesus not aware of the people that I have to put up with?
Doesn't this ancient command seem archaic and unrealistic?
Why does Jesus ask us to love those who are different than us?

This teaching explores Jesus command to “love our enemies” found in the Gospel of Matthew 5:43-48. Through Jesus, romantic love, neuroscience, and Mahatma Gandhi we gain insights into the human heart’s tendency towards the ‘rhythm of fear’ and are challenged to lean into ‘rhythm of love.’

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http://dalefredrickson.com/keeping-pulse-backbeat-loving-hearts/feed/ 0 Ghandi,Love your enemies,Loving Hearts Did Jesus really ask us to “love our enemies?” Is Jesus not aware of the people that I have to put up with? Doesn't this ancient command seem archaic and unrealistic? Why does Jesus ask us to love those who are different than us? Did Jesus really ask us to “love our enemies?” Is Jesus not aware of the people that I have to put up with? Doesn't this ancient command seem archaic and unrealistic? Why does Jesus ask us to love those who are different than us? This teaching explores Jesus command to “love our enemies” found in the Gospel of Matthew 5:43-48. Through Jesus, romantic love, neuroscience, and Mahatma Gandhi we gain insights into the human heart’s tendency towards the ‘rhythm of fear’ and are challenged to lean into ‘rhythm of love.’ Dale Fredrickson no 18:43
Keeping Pulse: Backbeat – “Forgiving Hearts” http://dalefredrickson.com/keeping-pulse-backbeat-forgiving-hearts/ http://dalefredrickson.com/keeping-pulse-backbeat-forgiving-hearts/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 04:06:42 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1839 How do we become master's of forgiveness?

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Keeping Pulse: Backbeat – “Compassionate Hearts” http://dalefredrickson.com/keeping-pulse-backbeat-compassionate-hearts/ http://dalefredrickson.com/keeping-pulse-backbeat-compassionate-hearts/#comments Tue, 28 Jan 2014 05:06:55 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1825  Artwork by Betony Coons Video Audio

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Keeping Pulse: Upbeat – “Wise Hearts” http://dalefredrickson.com/keeping-pulse-upbeat-wise-hearts/ http://dalefredrickson.com/keeping-pulse-upbeat-wise-hearts/#comments Mon, 20 Jan 2014 03:11:17 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1808 Video

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Keeping Pulse: Upbeat – “Courageous Hearts” http://dalefredrickson.com/keeping-pulse-upbeat-courageous-hearts/ http://dalefredrickson.com/keeping-pulse-upbeat-courageous-hearts/#comments Mon, 13 Jan 2014 00:29:58 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1705   Video Audio

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Keeping Pulse: Upbeat – “Inspired Hearts” http://dalefredrickson.com/keeping-pulse-upbeat-inspired-hearts/ http://dalefredrickson.com/keeping-pulse-upbeat-inspired-hearts/#comments Sun, 05 Jan 2014 23:27:45 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1693 Artwork by Betony Coons Video Audio

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Beginnings http://dalefredrickson.com/beginnings/ http://dalefredrickson.com/beginnings/#comments Thu, 26 Dec 2013 23:20:38 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1689 Photo by Bill Youmans Video

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The Heartbeat Hums: a poetic re-interpretation of John 1:1-8 http://dalefredrickson.com/heartbeat-hums/ http://dalefredrickson.com/heartbeat-hums/#comments Mon, 23 Dec 2013 22:52:01 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1670 In the beginning: there was music, sound in time. The heartbeat hummed, and this heartbeat grooved with God. Steady faithful beat, eternal harmony. Have you heard the song? Now the heartbeat is God and God is the world’s heart. (verse 1) In the beginning, and without ending. The heartbeat grooves with God and gives the […]

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http://dalefredrickson.com/heartbeat-hums/feed/ 0 In the beginning: there was music, sound in time. - The heartbeat hummed, and this heartbeat grooved with God. - Steady faithful beat, eternal harmony. - Have you heard the song? - Now the heartbeat is God and God is the world’s heart. In the beginning: there was music, sound in time. The heartbeat hummed, and this heartbeat grooved with God. Steady faithful beat, eternal harmony. Have you heard the song? Now the heartbeat is God and God is the world’s heart. (verse 1) In the beginning, and without ending. The heartbeat grooves with God and gives the world it’s pulse. (verse 2) The song moves. Can you hear it? Everything in the world, Finds its rhythm in the heartbeat. No one finds a beat without this pulse. (verse 3) Life flows from the heartbeat, Life goes- forming the rhythm of every human soul. (verse 4) Where apathy threatens rhythm, The heartbeat resounds with life. Vitality amplified Death flatlined, without notes. (verse 5) Some can’t hear the song, Others can’t sing enough. The heartbeat keeps humming, bouncing onto streets; looping beat near to hearts. Life flows from the heartbeat, Into open souls. Those that hear and groove with rhythm, friendship grows. Restoring making whole. The heartbeat surges in human pulse. (verse 14) He lived the rhythms of the heart: Every offbeat backbeat and upbeat part. He hummed soulful tunes and graceful melodies. The beat reverberates. Can you hear the song? Kids sipping hot chocolate with tiny marshmallows, joy and laughter ringing. Homemade meals for the homeless, warm coats, fresh socks, family. The high school choir at a nursing home, smiling faces, tapping feet. The empty seat, left by the lost loved one, covered in peace. A quiet day at home crackling fire, Christmas carols, nowhere else to be. Difficult relationships, finding forgiveness, renewing intimacy. The undocumented, dying for a living, treated justly, birthing dignity. Christmas tree with gifts underneath: The surprised, single mom sits weeping. A white man shovels his neighbor’s driveway, The black man hands him freshly brewed coffee. A baby cradled in your arms. An infant lying in a manger Immanuel, God with us sound in time speaking. Jesus is here. Living. The incarnation. Can you hear the song? Have you felt the groove? This pulsing love Jesus is everywhere humming. Video Audio Dale Fredrickson no 3:43
Sink or Swim: Learning the Currents of Love – Part 11 The Crow’s Nest http://dalefredrickson.com/sink-swim-learning-currents-love-part-11-crows-nest/ http://dalefredrickson.com/sink-swim-learning-currents-love-part-11-crows-nest/#comments Tue, 19 Nov 2013 20:37:18 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1659 Video Audio

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Sink or Swim: Learning the Currents of Love Part 10 – The Saloon http://dalefredrickson.com/sink-swim-learning-currents-love-part-10-saloon/ http://dalefredrickson.com/sink-swim-learning-currents-love-part-10-saloon/#comments Wed, 23 Oct 2013 02:31:15 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1653 Video Audio

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Wonder and Wildflowers http://dalefredrickson.com/wonder-wildflowers/ http://dalefredrickson.com/wonder-wildflowers/#comments Tue, 08 Oct 2013 02:10:07 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1642 Video Download the slides Audio

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Sink or Swim: Learning the Currents of Love – Part 9: The Ship’s Bell http://dalefredrickson.com/sink-swim-learning-currents-love-part-9-ships-bell/ http://dalefredrickson.com/sink-swim-learning-currents-love-part-9-ships-bell/#comments Mon, 23 Sep 2013 21:35:36 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1637 Video Audio

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9/11: Transforming the Heart http://dalefredrickson.com/september-11/ http://dalefredrickson.com/september-11/#comments Wed, 11 Sep 2013 20:09:49 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1632 On 9/11, my prayers like the beating of my heart grew more fervent.

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Invitation to Sink or Swim http://dalefredrickson.com/invitation-to-sink-or-swim/ http://dalefredrickson.com/invitation-to-sink-or-swim/#comments Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:10:34 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1625 Video Audio

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Sink or Swim: Learning the Currents of Love – Part 8 The Rudder http://dalefredrickson.com/sink-or-swim-learning-the-currents-of-love-part-8-the-rudder/ http://dalefredrickson.com/sink-or-swim-learning-the-currents-of-love-part-8-the-rudder/#comments Wed, 21 Aug 2013 03:29:43 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1620 Video Audio

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Sink or Swim: Learning the Currents of Love Part 7 Ropes and Pulleys http://dalefredrickson.com/sink-or-swim-learning-the-currents-of-love-part-7-ropes-and-pulleys/ http://dalefredrickson.com/sink-or-swim-learning-the-currents-of-love-part-7-ropes-and-pulleys/#comments Thu, 25 Jul 2013 03:24:19 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1614 Photo by Bill Youmans Video Audio

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Unlikely Heroes: David and Mephibosheth – Peacemakers http://dalefredrickson.com/unlikely-heroes-david-and-mephibosheth-peacemakers/ http://dalefredrickson.com/unlikely-heroes-david-and-mephibosheth-peacemakers/#comments Mon, 15 Jul 2013 03:19:14 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1596 Video Audio

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The Heart Speaks Peace http://dalefredrickson.com/the-heart-speaks-peace/ http://dalefredrickson.com/the-heart-speaks-peace/#comments Mon, 15 Jul 2013 03:12:02 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1588 Not very long ago my heart started speaking.  It wasn’t like the announcements in elementary school that crackled into my classroom, muffled and ignored.  My heart speaks like the opening scene in “Star Wars.”  The movie title and storyline crawls up the screen to blaring trumpets and swelling drums promising the opening of a new […]

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http://dalefredrickson.com/the-heart-speaks-peace/feed/ 0 Not very long ago my heart started speaking.  It wasn’t like the announcements in elementary school that crackled into my classroom, muffled and ignored.  My heart speaks like the opening scene in “Star Wars. Not very long ago my heart started speaking.  It wasn’t like the announcements in elementary school that crackled into my classroom, muffled and ignored.  My heart speaks like the opening scene in “Star Wars.”  The movie title and storyline crawls up the screen to blaring trumpets and swelling drums promising the opening of a new world with never imagined possibilities.  I am on the edge of my seat listening, listening to this moving magical cadence compelling me to keep turning the page—to stand up—to this soaring adventure called life.  My heart speaks bigger than any movie and better than any book.   My heart is a microphone. My blood carries the message to bones, muscles, organs reaching every capillary. My body is a PA system.   Your heart is a microphone. Your body is a PA System. Do you hear the trumpets and drums? This is your story, your adventure, you can’t miss this one.   The Eternal echoes in your heart.   Tears and scars and anxious hearts. Hunger and pain and dying dreams. Peace is far away it seems.   The world’s heart Booming like a distant drum Does not keep silent. “Peace. Peace.  Peace.”   Peace? Peace can be as clear and simple as a mason jar. A mason jar packed with Pinecones Seashells Wildflower seeds Words from Martin Luther King’s Dream Rubber bouncy balls And Everlasting Gobstoppers   I packed these mason jars. I pulled them in my red radio flyer wagon. I passed them door-to-door. I rang your doorbell and handed you a jar.   No more tears and scars and anxious hearts. No more hunger and pain and dying dreams.   Will you take this jar?   Will you pick up this pinecone and hold it to your nose?  Let the earthy aroma remind you that it once was connected to a branch and that branch was connected to a great tree and that tree’s roots dug deep into the mountains where it was nourished.  With every breath let this pinecone remind you that you are connected beyond the surface of things that deep waters sustain you.   Will you rub your fingers over this seashell and remember the ocean breeze, the rhythm of waves, the creatures living in the sea, the sand between your toes?  All things come and go. Change is possible you know.   Will you open this small packet of wildflower seeds and spread them everywhere?  Transform the landscape of your life.  As you sow these seeds let go of everyone and everything that has ever hurt you and watch your life began to bloom.   Will you unroll this scroll and place this speech on a mirror?  Let its words remind you that peace must move beyond good intentions and be written into the structures of society.  Let its words remind you of how far we’ve come but how far we have yet to go.  Let its words remind you of the power of human hearts humming as one.   Will you grab this rubber bouncy ball and share it with someone whose smile has been stepped on?  Spend time throwing that ball back and forth.  Let that ball bounce wherever it wants.  These are the ones we need to hear the most.   Will you share this Everlasting Gobstopper?  Will you open up and give your life away?  Your words and actions ringing loud and clear, “I love you.” “I believe in you.”  “You going to make it through.”   Hear the music soar. Listen!  Listen closely.  Your heart is a microphone.   “A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away.  Peace.”   Peace can come every day. Peace is closer than it seems. Peace in every step. Peace in every breath. Peace stronger than war.   Eternal sound waves surging through you Will you pass this peace from door to door? Video Audio Dale Fredrickson no 5:47
Crayon the World http://dalefredrickson.com/crayon-the-world/ http://dalefredrickson.com/crayon-the-world/#comments Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:10:17 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1555 Drawing by Susan Bel My Daughter says, “Daddy, Pick up a Color, Crayon the World.” I look into her eyes, But she looks through me, She carefully places a color In her tiny fingers and Crayons my heart. “Pick up a Color, Crayon the World.” Squeeze your fingers around This simple wax stick, And let […]

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http://dalefredrickson.com/crayon-the-world/feed/ 2 Drawing by Susan Bel - My Daughter says, “Daddy, Pick up a Color, Crayon the World.” - I look into her eyes, But she looks through me, She carefully places a color In her tiny fingers and Crayons my heart. - “Pick up a Color, Drawing by Susan Bel My Daughter says, “Daddy, Pick up a Color, Crayon the World.” I look into her eyes, But she looks through me, She carefully places a color In her tiny fingers and Crayons my heart. “Pick up a Color, Crayon the World.” Squeeze your fingers around This simple wax stick, And let its playful pigments Bring life to everything Transform the Gloomy and Grey. Make it a bold and brilliant display. Crayon everything that’s dull and drab and dreary. Dare to Crayon the dark places, the frightening faces. Crayon them until they spring with life. Push beyond the surface of things. Crayon beauty into everything. Grace is like a box of Crayola Crayons. Your life is part of a bigger plan. Pick up a color and Share this love. Crayon alongside The Hopeless The Heartbroken The lonely, The Left out The Lost Anyone who’s ever felt their colors fade out. Don’t stop. When your crayons break or Are worked and worn to the nub, When you Crayon the World, New Life from Old is born. These colors will never fade This box will never run out. What’s the point of this colorful poem? God gives Crayola Crayons and says; “Pick up a Color, Crayon the World.” Crayon the World With black, brown, blue, and red, With purple, orange, yellow, and green.   (And when any old Crayon won’t due.) Crayon the world With Crayons that sparkle with gold and silver glitter, With crayons that Glow in the dark, With crayons that change colors, With crayons that Smell like flowers, Fresh ocean breezes, Or mountain pine trees. Open this box. Take this color. Press this crayon upon the world. Make something beautiful brilliant, and bold. But, how do you start? Crayon your Life. Let a radiant rainbow of colors Sink deeply into your soul. Crayon every crevice. Shade every curve with compassion, courage, creativity. What are you waiting for? “Pick up a Color, Crayon the World.” View the print version Audio Dale Fredrickson no 3:02
Disaster: A Prayer http://dalefredrickson.com/disaster-in-colorado/ http://dalefredrickson.com/disaster-in-colorado/#comments Wed, 12 Jun 2013 20:46:43 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=920 A slam poem prayer for Colorado.

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Sink or Swim: Learning the Currents of Love Part 5 – Peace http://dalefredrickson.com/sink-or-swim-learning-the-currents-of-love-part-5-peace/ http://dalefredrickson.com/sink-or-swim-learning-the-currents-of-love-part-5-peace/#comments Wed, 22 May 2013 03:12:01 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1542 Have you heard Dr. Seuss’ story The Sneetches? Sneetches are yellow, furry creatures with long necks and duckbills that live near beaches. Star-Belly Sneetches have stars on their bellies and Plain-Belly Sneetches do not. Star-Belly Sneetches think their stars make them better than Plain-Belly Sneetches. They hold their noses in the air, make inside jokes, […]

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http://dalefredrickson.com/sink-or-swim-learning-the-currents-of-love-part-5-peace/feed/ 0 Have you heard Dr. Seuss’ story The Sneetches? Sneetches are yellow, furry creatures with long necks and duckbills that live near beaches. Star-Belly Sneetches have stars on their bellies and Plain-Belly Sneetches do not. Have you heard Dr. Seuss’ story The Sneetches? Sneetches are yellow, furry creatures with long necks and duckbills that live near beaches. Star-Belly Sneetches have stars on their bellies and Plain-Belly Sneetches do not. Star-Belly Sneetches think their stars make them better than Plain-Belly Sneetches. They hold their noses in the air, make inside jokes, and don’t allow their kids play with Plain-Belly Sneetches. Then things got worse. Video Audio Dale Fredrickson no 16:11
Sink or Swim: Learning the Currents of Love – Part 4 Anchored http://dalefredrickson.com/sink-or-swim-learning-the-currents-of-love-part-4-anchored/ http://dalefredrickson.com/sink-or-swim-learning-the-currents-of-love-part-4-anchored/#comments Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:31:34 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1481 The harder I tried to make things happen the worse I felt.  It was like an enormous weight—an anchor—was holding me back.  This anchor seemed to be fastened permanently to my body keeping me from going where I wanted to.  The reality was that I was sinking, I was flat lining fast with no hopes of resuscitation.  I was pushing so hard to be ‘successful’ to reach that ‘imaginary line’ that a distinctive pattern began to emerge in my life.

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The Doubters, The Broken, The Happy http://dalefredrickson.com/the-doubters-the-broken-the-happy/ http://dalefredrickson.com/the-doubters-the-broken-the-happy/#comments Sat, 30 Mar 2013 16:31:49 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1468 A poem for Easter.

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Sink or Swim: Learning the Currents of Love – Part 3 Prayer http://dalefredrickson.com/sink-or-swim-learning-the-currents-of-love-part-3-prayer/ http://dalefredrickson.com/sink-or-swim-learning-the-currents-of-love-part-3-prayer/#comments Sun, 17 Mar 2013 03:07:01 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1450 Photo by Rob Martin Have you ever found yourself caught up in something that only after living it did you realize how tough it was going to be? You think to yourself, “What have I gotten myself into?” You are in a precarious position. Will you sink or swim? Video Audio

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http://dalefredrickson.com/sink-or-swim-learning-the-currents-of-love-part-3-prayer/feed/ 0 St Andrew UMC Photo by Rob Martin Have you ever found yourself caught up in something that only after living it did you realize how tough it was going to be? You think to yourself, "What have I gotten myself into?" You are in a precarious position. Photo by Rob Martin Have you ever found yourself caught up in something that only after living it did you realize how tough it was going to be? You think to yourself, "What have I gotten myself into?" You are in a precarious position. Will you sink or swim? Video Audio Dale Fredrickson no 23:17
The Older Son http://dalefredrickson.com/the-older-son/ http://dalefredrickson.com/the-older-son/#comments Mon, 11 Mar 2013 03:14:45 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1458 Artwork by Soichi Watanabe Audio

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Your God is a Gardener http://dalefredrickson.com/your-god-is-a-gardner/ http://dalefredrickson.com/your-god-is-a-gardner/#comments Sun, 03 Mar 2013 21:37:08 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1434 God is the one who never ever gives up on you.  God says “let it be” and I will water, prune, and give everything that is necessary for flourishing.  This story is a great reminder that as we journey the Landscapes of Lent, we are not alone.  God is with us.  God will never leave […]

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http://dalefredrickson.com/your-god-is-a-gardner/feed/ 0 St Andrew UMC God is the one who never ever gives up on you.  God says “let it be” and I will water, prune, and give everything that is necessary for flourishing.  This story is a great reminder that as we journey the Landscapes of Lent, we are not alone. God is the one who never ever gives up on you.  God says “let it be” and I will water, prune, and give everything that is necessary for flourishing.  This story is a great reminder that as we journey the Landscapes of Lent, we are not alone.  God is with us.  God will never leave us.  God makes a way for us.  God will lead us through the fog.  God wills our growth even when we do not.  The world says “cut it down” but God says “let it be” and I will be the gardener of your soul. Luke 13:6-9   Dale Fredrickson no 10:57
“Risk It All” – Gary Shockley http://dalefredrickson.com/risk-it-all-gary-shockley/ http://dalefredrickson.com/risk-it-all-gary-shockley/#comments Fri, 01 Mar 2013 04:35:45 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1426 On February 10, 2013 the Rev. Gary Shockley delivered this visionering sermon to St. Andrew UMC. Audio

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http://dalefredrickson.com/risk-it-all-gary-shockley/feed/ 1 St Andrew UMC On February 10, 2013 the Rev. Gary Shockley delivered this visionering sermon to St. Andrew UMC. Audio On February 10, 2013 the Rev. Gary Shockley delivered this visionering sermon to St. Andrew UMC. Audio Dale Fredrickson no 25:31
Sink or Swim: Learning the Currents of Love – Part 2 Blessings http://dalefredrickson.com/sink-or-swim-learning-the-currents-of-love-part-2-blessings/ http://dalefredrickson.com/sink-or-swim-learning-the-currents-of-love-part-2-blessings/#comments Mon, 18 Feb 2013 05:00:04 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1419 Photo by Rob Martin Video Audio

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Sink or Swim: Learning the Currents of Love – Part 1 Waters http://dalefredrickson.com/sink-or-swim-learning-the-currents-of-love-part-1-waters/ http://dalefredrickson.com/sink-or-swim-learning-the-currents-of-love-part-1-waters/#comments Mon, 18 Feb 2013 04:48:10 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1407 Photo by Rob Martin Video Audio

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It’s Time to Live Beyond Your Comfort Zone http://dalefredrickson.com/its-time-to-live-beyond-your-comfort-zone/ http://dalefredrickson.com/its-time-to-live-beyond-your-comfort-zone/#comments Mon, 04 Feb 2013 04:57:54 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1398 Video Audio

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You Amaze Us God http://dalefredrickson.com/you-amaze-us-god/ http://dalefredrickson.com/you-amaze-us-god/#comments Sun, 13 Jan 2013 23:13:07 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1359 You Amaze us God,Not because- You answer all our questions Not because- You hide us from desperate darkness Not because- You run the world the way we’d like Because this is not the way you seem to work   You Amaze us God You Amaze Because- We can ask the most disturbing questions: Why? How […]

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http://dalefredrickson.com/you-amaze-us-god/feed/ 0 You Amaze us God,Not because- You answer all our questions Not because- You hide us from desperate darkness Not because- You run the world the way we’d like Because this is not the way you seem to work -   - You Amaze us God - You Amaze us God,Not because- You answer all our questions Not because- You hide us from desperate darkness Not because- You run the world the way we’d like Because this is not the way you seem to work   You Amaze us God You Amaze Because- We can ask the most disturbing questions: Why? How long? What for? You Amaze Because- You teach us to honestly cry out: Screaming, Sighing, Weeping, Wailing. You Amaze Because- You allow us to see into the dreadful depths, The bewildering brokenness of the human condition. You Amaze Because you invite us to be the solution: Wounded healers who share light and love. People of Paradox who bring peace to all.   You Amaze us with a child Someone who lived the questions Experienced Life’s deepest pains Embodied sacrificial love. You Amaze us with a Child, Who came into the chaos Raised provocative Questions Plumbed Profound Depths Lifted up the Light of Love You Amaze us because- The Spark in this child’s eyes, Shimmers and Shines and Sets Aflame a fire That Warms the World Giving all the Light.   You Amaze us because- Through this child We learn Life-giving Long-lasting Love! Audio Dale Fredrickson no 1:52
Breathtaking God http://dalefredrickson.com/breathtaking-god/ http://dalefredrickson.com/breathtaking-god/#comments Fri, 11 Jan 2013 22:08:54 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1372 Breathtaking God, You make the Earth to Orbit the Sun, Winter and Summer a New Year Begun, Breathing God, You make the Sun to Sustain all Life, Sun Shining, Plants Growing, Animals Eating, Humans Breathing. Breathtaking God, You Give Good Things to Everyone, Peace Hope Love Joy Courage One by One. Breathtaking God, You Undo […]

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http://dalefredrickson.com/breathtaking-god/feed/ 0 Breathtaking God, You make the Earth to Orbit the Sun, Winter and Summer a New Year Begun, Breathing God, You make the Sun to Sustain all Life, Sun Shining, Plants Growing, Animals Eating, Humans Breathing. Breathtaking God, Breathtaking God, You make the Earth to Orbit the Sun, Winter and Summer a New Year Begun, Breathing God, You make the Sun to Sustain all Life, Sun Shining, Plants Growing, Animals Eating, Humans Breathing. Breathtaking God, You Give Good Things to Everyone, Peace Hope Love Joy Courage One by One. Breathtaking God, You Undo the Darkness of Human Strife, You Give Us Purpose Meaning Delight, You Heal our Hurts and Wrap us up Tight, You Free us from all Anxiety and Fright. Breathtaking God, Day by day, Year after Year, Generation upon Generation, You are the One who takes our Breath away. You make the Earth to Orbit the Sun, Winter and Summer a New Year Begun. You are the Breathtaking One. Audio Dale Fredrickson no 1:46
Simply Thanks http://dalefredrickson.com/simply-thanks/ http://dalefredrickson.com/simply-thanks/#comments Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:53:28 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1368 Audio

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Christmas Light http://dalefredrickson.com/christmas-light/ http://dalefredrickson.com/christmas-light/#comments Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:35:57 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1362 Photo by Bill Youmans Audio

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This is the Year http://dalefredrickson.com/this-is-the-year/ http://dalefredrickson.com/this-is-the-year/#comments Mon, 07 Jan 2013 20:22:34 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1337 You say you want to make Resolutions this Year? Beyond Superficial Sayings And Consumer Catchphrases It’s time to start. You say you want to live boldly purposefully without fear? Dig Deep Push Beyond the Surface Listen the Eternal Echoes in your heart. You say you are ready? Dive Leap Step Start This is the Year. […]

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http://dalefredrickson.com/this-is-the-year/feed/ 0 You say you want to make Resolutions this Year? Beyond Superficial Sayings And Consumer Catchphrases It’s time to start. You say you want to live boldly purposefully without fear? Dig Deep Push Beyond the Surface You say you want to make Resolutions this Year? Beyond Superficial Sayings And Consumer Catchphrases It’s time to start. You say you want to live boldly purposefully without fear? Dig Deep Push Beyond the Surface Listen the Eternal Echoes in your heart. You say you are ready? Dive Leap Step Start This is the Year. Audio Dale Fredrickson no 35
Words For Today by Leigh Knauert http://dalefredrickson.com/words-for-today-by-leigh-knauert/ http://dalefredrickson.com/words-for-today-by-leigh-knauert/#comments Wed, 19 Dec 2012 21:07:52 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1325 Audio By Leigh Knauert

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Not What We Expected http://dalefredrickson.com/not-what-we-expected/ http://dalefredrickson.com/not-what-we-expected/#comments Sun, 16 Dec 2012 03:35:13 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1288 On Friday, December 7th, 2012 Peter Knauert chose to take his own life.  Peter was incredibly gifted, deeply passionate, and a bright shining star among us.  The finality of his death takes our breath away and leaves us stunned and bewildered.  Peter felt the injustices of the world deep in his bones and hoped to become a […]

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http://dalefredrickson.com/not-what-we-expected/feed/ 2 On Friday, December 7th, 2012 Peter Knauert chose to take his own life.  Peter was incredibly gifted, deeply passionate, and a bright shining star among us.  The finality of his death takes our breath away and leaves us stunned and bewildered. On Friday, December 7th, 2012 Peter Knauert chose to take his own life.  Peter was incredibly gifted, deeply passionate, and a bright shining star among us.  The finality of his death takes our breath away and leaves us stunned and bewildered.  Peter felt the injustices of the world deep in his bones and hoped to become a writer.  Peter's Mom, Leigh, asked me if I would write a poem that reflected honestly on this beautiful tragedy.  Here's what I wrote and delivered at his memorial service. Poem Audio of the Entire Memorial Service Download the Memorial Service MP3 (78.8 MB) Audio of the Poem Dale Fredrickson no 4:08
Wildflower Revolution – “Sacrificial” http://dalefredrickson.com/wildflower-revolution-sacrificial/ http://dalefredrickson.com/wildflower-revolution-sacrificial/#comments Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:33:27 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1276 Will Smith has come along way since the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” In the movie “Seven Pounds” he plays the role of Tim Thomas an aerospace engineer whose career comes before everything else. From the very first scene until the closing credits its as if this movie grabs you and asks: What inspires you […]

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http://dalefredrickson.com/wildflower-revolution-sacrificial/feed/ 0 St Andrew UMC Will Smith has come along way since the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” In the movie “Seven Pounds” he plays the role of Tim Thomas an aerospace engineer whose career comes before everything else. From the very first scene until the closing credits its as i... Will Smith has come along way since the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” In the movie “Seven Pounds” he plays the role of Tim Thomas an aerospace engineer whose career comes before everything else. From the very first scene until the closing credits its as if this movie grabs you and asks: What inspires you to give your all? Just like the movie “Seven Pounds” Stephen’s Story in the “Acts of the Apostles” tugs at us, works on our hearts and minds and asks: What inspires you to give your all? Audio Dale Fredrickson no 24:46
Gather Around http://dalefredrickson.com/gather-around/ http://dalefredrickson.com/gather-around/#comments Sat, 24 Nov 2012 04:53:35 +0000 http://dalefredrickson.com/?p=1219 Slides Video Audio

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