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

How We Care?

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We, who know God, often wrestle with how we can help a person to know and experience His care. We must be able to answer the question, “Where is God?” First and foremost, He is the person on who we rely and talk to directly. But what does this mean as we share our faith and counsel another? It means … Read More

Invitation to Encounter

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Prayer is the way in which we open ourselves up to God so that we can be touched, awakened, realigned, and healed. Prayer is an ongoing conversation with God as we open ourselves up to His transforming work and hope for all things that are made new in Christ. Prayer is what God does in us. The part we play … Read More

Transformed by Love

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According, to 2 Corinthians 3:18, the goal of our spiritual journey is to be transformed into the image of God. “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another…,” (2 Corinthians 3:18). Transformation will involve being remade into who we were destined from … Read More

Encounter with Perfect Love

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We have all, at some point, sang the words “trust and obey.” We can tend to think these words sum up the Christian life. We focus on willful acts of obedience as a means to draw closer to God, not realizing that God wants us to surrender our hearts to Him. God wants us to submit our hearts and will, … Read More

Can You Receive God’s Love?

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Accepting that we are deeply loved by God is the beginning of being released from our fears and enables us to become great lovers of God and others. Love is the foundation of connection that invites surrender and intimacy. Love is a welcoming place where we truly belong and the assurance that we have found that place. God is the … Read More

Are You Loved and Valued?

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“The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.” (Psalm 37:23-24). God’s presence will be comforting and undeniable, because He has chosen to dwell within us.  We experience His indwelling in our minds through the person of the … Read More

What Is Your Name for God?

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It has been a long time since I have written a blog.  It is not because I have not had anything I have wanted to say.  I have concluded that there are too many voices competing for our attention; I do not want to write unless I have something that I believe is profitable for our spiritual journeys. Recently I … 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

Cure Self-Justification

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In Christian community there will always be reasoning among us, in our hearts, as to who should be the greatest.   It is very common among all of us to struggle with self-justification as we compare ourselves to others, pass judgment, or condemn others. Self-justification is only overcome by the grace of the Holy Spirit. We must combat our evil thoughts … Read More