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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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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Kindness Is Compassionate Acceptance

Maybe our finest hours or greatest moments are not meant to be well known, but subtle, seemingly unnoticed acts of kindness felt by the souls we touch. —William Cory Stanley What do I mean by compassionate acceptance? Well, let’s begin by examining each word first. Google says COMPASSIONATE means: feeling or showing sympathy and concern for…

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The Least of These

And the King shall answer and say unto them, verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. —Jesus You know, sometimes as a writer, you are feeling so much in your heart, but you just can’t quite find…

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