Am I Stuck In A Room?

I don’t want to be part of a Church that gets stuck in a room. —Eric Johnson Every so often, someone says something that sums up everything that’s been swirling around inside of me just looking for a place to land. So, I was just listening to this sermon about a week ago, and just…

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Fishing With Jesus

Simon Peter announced, “I’m going fishing.” John 21: 3 This is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. I suppose because it’s not so much about fishing, as it is about about the recommissioning of a man who had really blown it—and I mean big time! This is a story about Peter, the guy who…

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Distance, God, And You

Have you ever looked up to the stars at night and thought, “There might be a God, but He’s way out there somewhere, in the distance.” I had always felt it. This distance. All of my life—I felt out of sync with what was around me. Family. School. Church. God. Wherever I was, there was them, then there…

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Broken Prayers for Tidal Waves

There is just no preparation for sudden loss. It feels like a tidal wave engulfs you. And while I was thankful, for all the cards and books I received from friends, there was one book, that literally saved me. Riches Stored In Secret Places, by Verdell Davis, reached down into that ocean of darkness, and…

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Potluck Pizzazz!

It’s that time of year again. You’re going to a potluck with your “tribe” and you need something simple, quick and with a little pizzazz please! Well, here it is… quick, simple, healthy, and definitely vegan (Lord, love ’em!) I used to dread this time of year, when all the gang at Ernest & Julio…

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Unchanging Love

“Comfort, yes, comfort my people,” says your God. Isaiah 40:1 TLB What do you say when the unchanging-unthinkable happens? I believe—nothing at all. Yes, you don’t speak. You—do. You reach out your arms and wrap them around the one who is hurting. You weep together. You pray silently for them. You call out to God…

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Waterfall

“…the sweetness of grace and freedom comes hand in hand with the uncomfortable, bitter-rawness of honest emotions and grief.” ― Natalie Brenner Grief often comes like a waterfall. It can bury us in torrents of emotions, so powerful, so outside ourselves and beyond our control, that those torrents threaten to wash us out into a sea…

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Hands of The Potter

Do we really believe our lives are created by the hands of The Potter? That is what Psalm 139 teaches us, that we are His creations formed in secret in our Mother’s wombs, and exclusively by His hands. I tell you, I have heard sermons for most of my life attesting to the truth, that…

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The Tassel Of His Tallit

In the crowd that day was a woman who had suffered greatly for twelve years from slow bleeding. Even though she had spent all that she had on healers, she was still suffering. Pressing in through the crowd, she came up behind Jesus and touched the tassel of his prayer shawl. Instantly her bleeding stopped and she was healed. Luke…

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Chapters Of Struggle

We say, “If I can’t do it right, I won’t do it at all!” No, before you get it right you’ll probably get it wrong. In every story of success there are chapters of struggle, but they are chapters of learning and growth. —Jentzen Franklin I wish, when I came back to the church (a returned…

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