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Dismal Forebodings

One of my favorite books as a teen was the classic Christian allegory Hinds Feet On High Places by Hannah Hurnard. It's the story of a little girl named Much-Afraid, who lives in the Valley of Humiliation with her family The Fearings... they plague her existence with their negativity. The aunt who raised her is called Mrs.… Continue reading Dismal Forebodings

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Fewer Hot Takes, More Jesus

Reading in 2 Timothy this morning and it may as well be subtitled "current events". Paul's life on earth is coming to and end and he knows it: he writes from a prison cell with the knowledge that he's probably about to die for his faith. He therefore doesn't mince his words, wasting no time… Continue reading Fewer Hot Takes, More Jesus

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Picking The Weeds

"If I could just... -Figure out (A,B,C) -Follow through on (all the goals) -Get (so and so) to (do such and such) -Perform (certain action) and receive (certain result) Does this sound familiar? I'm realizing the deeper I go and the more I grow with Jesus just how deeply ingrained these law-abiding beliefs are in… Continue reading Picking The Weeds

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Drifting

  "People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline… Continue reading Drifting

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Hustling Ourselves To Death

"Are we really this empty?" I find myself asking that question a lot lately. Check the trending headlines or your social media and you'll see it: we are a culture grasping at straws for the next thing to come and soothe us, define us, entertain us or empower us. If you aren't "hustling", you're not getting… Continue reading Hustling Ourselves To Death

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Those Adult Coloring Books Though…

Image Credit: Patheos.com  “Love without truth is sentimentality; it supports and affirms us but keeps us in denial about our flaws. Truth without love is harshness; it gives us information but in such a way that we cannot really hear it. God's saving love in Christ, however, is marked by both radical truthfulness about who… Continue reading Those Adult Coloring Books Though…

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What costs nothing is worth nothing

"There is a common, worldly kind of Christianity in this day, which many have, and they think they have enough - a cheap Christianity which offends nobody and requires no sacrifice - which costs nothing and is worth nothing." J.C. Ryle When the Pope visited the US recently, one of the funniest headlines I read… Continue reading What costs nothing is worth nothing

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Don’t Ask Me… Ask God

Would you hit "send" on this one? I just couldn't help myself. I wanted to write more. I wanted to tell this lady that I understand this thirst and this searching, but running to a human to point you to another human is like taking a big trip around a cul-de-sac; it's short and you… Continue reading Don’t Ask Me… Ask God

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Everyday Supernatural

"The secret of a Christians life is that the supernatural becomes natural in him as a result of the grace of God, and the experience of this becomes evident in the practical everyday details of life." Oswald Chambers The SUPER natural becomes natural to us. God's very best becomes the norm. What an amazing idea!… Continue reading Everyday Supernatural

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A Blazingly Holy Life

"Do I believe I need to be holy? Do I believe that God can come into me and make me holy? If, through your preaching, you convince me that I am unholy, I then resent your preaching. The preaching of the gospel awakens an intense resentment because it is designed to reveal my unholiness, but… Continue reading A Blazingly Holy Life