Are You Only Halfway?

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There are plenty of us who are half-way Christians.  We will give up possessions, power, position, and friends and still not be able to submit ourselves in total obedience to God.  It is difficult for us to submit ourselves in complete unreserved obedience to the Lord. Luke 11:34 says, “Your eye is the lamp of your body.  When your eye … Read More

Rhythm of Rest and Work

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A couple of weeks ago I was at a leadership retreat where we were to arrive on a Monday evening and meet with our small groups for dinner.  We were asked to come with a question that we wanted to present before God for the discernment of His will. I came into the retreat so tired I felt like an … Read More

Alert and Attentive

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Stillness as a spiritual discipline before God can be appealing and a bit threatening.  Stillness suggests a way of being before the Lord that might seem a bit alien to us. We go through our weeks with our minds occupied by all we have to do.  Our thoughts are so set on the to-do list that over time it seems … Read More

Fortify Your Life

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How many of us ever really pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness?  This is Paul’s admonition to us in 1 Timothy 6:11, “But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” Have we ever dealt with hearts that grumble and become critical when things don’t go our way?  Do … Read More

Laughter Heals

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Over the holidays I was at a family gathering enjoying good food, good friends, and laughter.  I was talking with the family matriarch affectionately called “Memaw” by her grandchildren.  Looking at me she made a comment about the embroidered decorations on her sweatshirt and the effects of their strategic placement.  We started to laugh about the private joke between us.  … Read More

Wrestling in the Desert

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We wish our culture was a community that was radiant with the love of Christ, but that would be imagining heaven on earth. Instead we live in a world filled with a dangerous network of domination and manipulation into which we can become easily entangled and fear losing our souls. Have we become so molded by the seductive powers of … Read More

Is Your Soul Healthy?

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One of the most difficult things in this life is to have a mind and soul of peace. It seems that no matter how hard we try, we are always dissatisfied and restless.  Our focus is pulled in so many directions that it is hard to come to a place of rest. The desires that lurk inside us can ache … Read More

Benefits of Pruning

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If I am honest there are times when my view of God has been like that of a genie. I have believed that if I rub Him the right way by adding the actions of prayer and faith to my spiritual walk, He will pop up and give me what I want. That is a drastically wrong view of God.  … Read More

9 Steps Through the Pain

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When a person has been grievously wronged they are forever marked. Psalm 129:3 says “The plowers plowed upon my back; they made long furrows.”  This verse is a picture of being shoved to the ground with your face down, having someone walk on top of you, gouging up and down your back, leaving permanent furrows or marks. The images from … Read More

Open Up to Desire

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For the last two days I was tucked away at a retreat house conducting an intensive retreat.  We were four spiritual companions gathered together to walk alongside a sister, who, in the trials of life, has lost sight of the Lord.  In her anger at the Lord for not keeping her safe from emotional pain, she has fallen into a … Read More