Deception and Power

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It is of vital importance that we wrestle with the issues of power and deception.  As believers and leaders, we never want to hear the word “woe” from God.  This is what He spoke to the shepherds of Israel in the book of Ezekiel 34:4.  “Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the diseased you have not healed, the … Read More

Detach to Attach

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Have you ever found yourself enslaved to something? Enslavement occurs for most of us at the level of habit.  Liberation also takes place at the level of habit.  There are two basic points of view that influence our choices.  We can summarize the first with the phase, “The one with the most toys wins.”  This is a way of life … Read More

Time to Retreat

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When the gridlock of your schedule is relentlessly controlling you, when your heart is beating against the prison walls of your enslavement to the task list, it is time to spend time with the Lord.  Is it time to step away and follow the pattern of Jesus’ life?  He sought times of quiet solitude.  “In the morning, while it was … Read More

Good Grief

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As much as we try to avoid it, in this world we have grief.  It is a necessary process by which we mend and heal.  If we avoid the pain of grief it will fester causing us to become stuck.  The truth teaches us that we are going to grieve losses.  To not face the pain is to be out … Read More

Enslaved by Memories

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The memories of past trials and trauma can live in our hearts and minds like a second person inside waiting to reach out at any time to corrode the day.  The common memory of the present day restores us to normal and offers a detached framework from the memory of trauma and trials.  To live in the present is to … Read More

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