A Closer Walk: Standing Barefoot With My Failures At The Cross

Some of us in the church are so quick to spread the sins and failures of others, aren’t we? We love to talk, especially about the latest dudes who blew it. It might be the kid who was just arrested for dealing drugs. The next door neighbor’s unmarried daughter, who we just discovered is pregnant.…

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Finding Rest In A Restless World

He lets me rest in the meadow grass and leads me beside the quiet streams. Psalm 23:2 ~~~ “God never asked us to meet life’s pressures and demands on our own terms or by relying upon our own strength. Nor did He demand that we win His favor by assembling an impressive portfolio of good…

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Revelation on “Abiding In Christ” Andrew Murray

The following are quotes taken from the book, Abide In Christ, by Andrew Murray. They are FULL of revelation and instruction for course correction. “Christ Jesus said: “I am the Vine, ye are the branches.” In other words: “I, the living One who have so completely given myself to you, am the Vine. You cannot…

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A Closer Walk: Fear & The Broken-Hearted-Vessel

Nothing can send hailstorms of ice cold fear rampaging across the landscape of my soul like being asked to speak in public! (Yep, that’s my thing.) Think of that thing you hate doing more than anything else. Now multiply it times ten and you have an approximate idea of how I feel about public speaking.…

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Never Losing the Light: Enemies and Pharisees

I am glad you are getting used to having enemies. I wish there was no jealousy in my church—but you know better by now. Come, be of good cheer. Don’t become down and discouraged by what you see others surrendering to. Choice—they have made theirs—make yours. I have broken your shackles of people-pleasing. Don’t tell…

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“Answers From A Cross” (New Song #11)

In all this darkness there is a light, A song from God, sung in the “night.” “Where is God!” some men demand. “Where was His, mighty, omnipotent hand?”   Devastation from stormy blast… Stricken faces—still aghast. “Where is God…” their whispered plea. “Doesn’t He care? Doesn’t He see?” ~~~ “How could He care—and look away?”…

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A Closer Walk: Beauty In The Brokenness

We all have something, don’t we? Some fear, or flaw, or brokenness; some insecurity or sense of inferiority that we desperately want to overcome. (Whether we admit it or not, we all do.) Sometimes it’s a glaring and obvious failure; something that we believe everyone can see. Sometimes it’s our blind spot; something everyone, but us,…

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Real Short Book Review: Long Way Gone, by Charles Martin

I don’t just love Charles Martin’s stories—I LOVE his stories! Long Way Gone is one of his best. As a once Prodigal I should know. But I’ll let Charles tell you in his own words. Here is his latest email from his website, charlesmartinbooks.com. Halfway through the writing of “Long Way Gone,” I discovered I’d…

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Never Losing the Light: Comfort Flows From Here

Oh, the comfort that flows from you now! And… where has that comfort come from? Was it born in the sunshine of soft green meadows? Or, was it born with the wind and the rain of some holocaust whipping and tearing at you? (We know.) Many in My church have become rich, spoiled, and pampered.…

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