Category: Sunday Sneak Peak

Matt’s Blog: Dormancy

Flood Family, Nearly everything on earth, from the mighty Sequoia to the tiny meadow jumping mouse, has seasons of dormancy. These times of dormancy are when they stop producing and growing and striving, and focus their attention and energy inward. After a time, they emerge from that dormancy rested and ready to engage in new...

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Matt’s Blog: Slow Motion

Flood Family, I love watching all kinds of movies. Comedies, adventure, sci fi, historical dramas, and of course, summer blockbuster action-thriller movies. One of the ways action movies grab our attention is the way they use slow-mo. In a fast-paced movie, slow-mo is a technique used for dramatic effect, in order to drive our attention...

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Matt’s Blog: Good Grief

Flood Family, If you’ve been a part of Flood for any amount of time, you may have noticed that I’m a man who often shows my emotions freely. And sometimes that involves tears – when I’m sad, when I’m overjoyed, when I’m deeply moved – in fact, our staff has even adopted a nickname for...

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Matt’s Blog: Summer Fruit

Flood Family, My wife Roxanne grew up not far from her grandparents’ vineyard in Northern California. As kids they spent summers walking out amongst the vines, plucking red, green, and purple grapes from the bunches that looked plump and ready to eat. Their entire family, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, waited and looked forward to...

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Matt’s Blog: A Fate Worse Than Death

Flood Family, King Sisyphus of Corinth was quite an infamous figure in Greek mythology. After cheating death twice, tricking Zeus, and generally bad behavior both on earth and in the underworld, Zeus and the other gods had had enough. Zeus devised an eternal punishment for Sisyphus, condemning him to forever rolling an immense boulder up...

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Matt’s Blog: Launde Abbey

Flood Family, Many of you know I had the opportunity to take a three month sabbatical in the summer of 2018, my first sabbatical in 26 years of ministry! Such a refreshing and restorative time for our family. One of the many highlights for me was spending a week at Launde Abbey, a Christian retreat...

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Matt’s Blog: A Double-Edged Sword

Flood Family, Social media, like many things, can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s allowed me to stay connected with friends and family across the world and in this current season, even across town. On the other hand, it can exacerbate the brain’s negativity bias that’s prone to comparison, self-criticism, and self-shaming...

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Matt’s Blog: Shrek the Sheep

Flood Family, One of my favorite stories from the last 20 years is of Shrek, a merino sheep who escaped from his farm on the South Island of New Zealand and hid in a cave for six years. He was finally located in 2004, safe and sound but weighed down by an astonishing 60 pounds...

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Matt’s Blog: The North Star

Flood Family, Before GPS and satellites, there were the stars. Polaris, the North Star, has for millennia stood almost motionless in the sky, helping sailors navigate their ships safely and accurately to their destinations. No matter what storms or squalls befell these ancient mariners, they knew the North Star was always there, a constant presence...

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Matt’s Blog: A World of Trouble

Flood Family, Fear is a gift. In ancient days when we were hunter/gatherers, fear kept us safe by being our brain’s version of a security system, releasing chemicals to help with focus, intensity, and energy so we could outrun whatever threatened us. However, this brain security system can tell us we’re in danger when we’re...

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