Brave or Safe

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Deep within us is the yearning to be brave.  Courage empowers us to do the right thing even in the face of fear.  Why does it matter so much to our souls to do the right thing rather than the safe thing?  It points to the nature and delight of our Creator.  When we think about being brave we can … Read More

Transform Shame

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Shame and Guilt Defined Guilt in Western culture is about whether we have done the right or wrong thing.  We have chosen our actions and we are responsible for those actions.  The action or actions can be measured in an objective manner and it is either right or wrong.  If it is wrong we are found guilty.  The opposite of … Read More

Get In Trouble

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It has always seemed a bit counterintuitive that God would bring us to maturity through the challenges of suffering.  There is a simple equation in James 1:2-4 for producing a mature faith. “My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and … Read More

Staying Power

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We often wonder how we should respond to those who are suffering so that they are helped. We learn from the best; we learn from Jesus.  He steps into the crisis moments of lives. The chaos and noise never deter Him.  He encounters the suffering and sin of this world and has staying power; He calls us to do the … Read More

Love in a Crisis

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A crisis is a crucial and sometimes frightening time in our lives.  What has felt safe in the past is now unsafe, what was predictable is all uncertain.  We can experience a lot of emotional noise and chaos.  We may not be able to think straight, something is wrong and we want someone to help. We want the noise to … Read More

I Just Deserve

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Recently I had dinner with some long-time friends.  We have had some great times over the years doing ministry together.  In the course of our conversation, I found myself getting angry at the injustices that we had all experienced in doing ministry.  It isn’t right and the Bible says it should be… we want things to be done right and … Read More

Called to Freedom

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In some recent conversations some folks have said to me that they felt like there were some events and perspectives happening around them that were causing them to believe their freedom in Christ was being hindered.  They were not sure if they were lacking confidence in their relationship with God or fearing what people thought of them. It often seems … Read More

Never Recover

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When you have faced a grievous wrong, it can feel like your enemies have pushed you face-down on the ground pushing your face into the mud.  This is a picture of things that are still having effects in the present: searing pain, unhealed wounds, feeling wronged by people in powerful places. How do we heal from sufferings that remain fresh … Read More

Honest to God

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I had set my cup of coffee down on the end table, to reach up, and get a book off of the shelf to clarify a reference.  I turned back, picked up my cup, and went back to the dining room table to finish what I was studying.  I did not realize the bottom of my cup was wet leaving … Read More