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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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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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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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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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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Never Losing The Light: Weary and Worn Mariner

Oh, Beloved, I see how weary you have become. You have warred a “good warfare” but there is a limit to all that body, mind, and spirit can take. Day (and especially) at night—your enemy mercilessly attacks. You wonder at your despair? You wonder, “Why hasn’t this changed yet? Where is my relief?”—yes? Yes. But…

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Part 1: Is God Whispering Or Shouting?

Is God whispering your name? Is He? This storm you’re in—could it be that God isn’t whispering but actually shouting to you? It could be. It might be. I wonder. “Do heroes know when they are heroic? Rarely. Are historic moments acknowledged when they happen? You know the answer to that one. (If not, a…

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A Closer Walk: Is This Abundant?

I sat in my ashes each day thinking, “Is this what God calls abundant?” I really wanted to experience the abundant life Jesus spoke of, but how in the world was I supposed to look at the shambles my life had become, and see it as abundance? I was raised believing in a God who was…

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