Andrew Burchett

Andrew Burchett

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This Christmas Season

December 12, 2019


This Christmas will you be more focused on Jesus than last year?

I am determined not to lose my grip on Jesus as we walk through the Christmas season.  There are so many distractions for all of us… with gifts to buy, meals to cook, family drama to navigate and for some of us, travel. 

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C.S.Lewis

November 22, 2019


C.S. Lewis is probably best remembered as the author of The Chronicles of Narnia.

C.S. Lewis, known also as Jack, grew up in Northern Ireland in the early part of the last century.  After moving to England, he enjoyed returning to Northern Ireland visiting the Murlough house by the sea on his vacations.  Last year I had the privilege of staying at Murlough during my pilgrimage to Ireland.

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When To Pull The Plug

November 7, 2019


When is it time to pull plug on your current job? 

Last Sunday we had a panel discussion on how we relate to our boss and other employees at our workplace. With our five panelists we discussed a number of questions related to 1 Timothy 6, and other verses in the New Testament that talk about slavery, and how to deal with in the workplace.

One question we did not get to was:  “When is it time to look for a new job and leave an unhealthy environment?” 

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All Hallow’s Eve

October 31, 2019


The real holiday is supposed to be tomorrow.

For centuries the Christian church has celebrated All Saints Day on November 1st.  It is a celebration of the saints to honor them for setting an example for us to follow in our faith.  It was originally All Hallow’s Day or Hallowmas… meaning the holy feast, a mass given to honor the holy ones, a holy day on the calendar.  The celebration would start on October 31st in the evening with the vespers service.  In celebrating this feast day, the church has celebrated a spiritual bond between those in heaven (sometimes called the “Church triumphant”) and the living (the “Church militant”).

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Managing Trauma with Resilience [Free Workshop]

October 24, 2019


I met a woman recently who described her escape from the Camp Fire on the Ridge a year ago and within just thirty seconds she was weeping. 

She described trying to get her two 100 pound dogs in the car and losing her husband just prior to the fire as well.  The trauma that this new friend of mine has experienced continues to wash over her almost a year later. 

When I asked her if I could bring her to a workshop on trauma, she immediately said yes. 

I didn’t even get a chance to fully describe what will be happening at the event.  She knows she needs to work through more of this excruciating pain.  It is so healthy that this woman is acknowledging her grief, pain and how overwhelmed she is with even the smallest of tasks. 

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Answers to Pray

October 17, 2019

 


Stories that are told in the Burchett house usually start with the phrase, “When Daddy was a little boy…” 

Forty years ago, as a family attending Neighborhood Church, we were encouraged to host international students from Chico State for dinner.  A handful of times I remember sitting with my little sister and parents around the table for a meal with these students, and even though it was  hard to understand them at times, I was very curious about the world, other nations and cultures that I would listen intently as they talked. 

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Daydream

October 10, 2019


As I was praying on the way to work this morning bringing all my questions, doubts, and need for direction to Jesus. The Lord gave me what I will call a “little daydream” while behind the wheel.

In my mind’s eye, Jesus was stacking up all of my prayer items like someone who works at the return’s desk on  December 26th.  I didn’t imagine Jesus being put out by this truckload of problems and questions I was bringing him.  When I looked at his face, he seemed to be grinning at me from ear to ear, clearly he was reminding me that where I might see things as hopeless,  he carries hope in every situation.

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Strong Women

October 3, 2019

I am so proud to be a part of a movement with strong women who have taken faith-filled risks. 

As we strive to empower women in leadership positions, sometimes it’s helpful to look back at where our movement has set a good example for us to follow. 

One of the people who made a profound impact in the early days of the Christian and Missionary Alliance is Carrie Judd Montgomery. 

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Finishing Well

September 19, 2019

I met with my friend Dante today at my office, during our visit the Lord was showing me what it looks like to finish well. 

“Dante” is not the writer of the 14th century, but the lead singer of the Evergreens a group from the late 1950’s. 

Dante and the Evergreens released Herb Alpert’s first #1 hit song “Alley Oop.”  This music group of four young white guys was the first of its kind to perform for high profile African American venues like New York’s Apollo Theater and Philadelphia Uptown Theater.  While the band only lasted a few years, it’s lead singer went onto to sing with The Isley Brothers, The McCoys and Herb Alpert. 

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Happiest Place on Earth

September 12, 2019

This past week we went to Disneyland to celebrate our daughter’s 21st birthday. 

While we were waiting to meet her at the main gate to enter the park, it was fascinating to watch the many people’s faces as whole families dressed alike in matching outfits, some running toward the gate in excitement, children laughing and people smiling.  The mood of anticipation and expectation of a day at the “happiest place on earth” made this a curiously pleasant environment. 

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