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Joy Is Our Default Setting

We behaved with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God. 2 Corinthians 1:12 November days can be dreary. The world seems like a foggy and grey place as well. The past few days we find ourselves in a familiar cycle of shock, sadness and general confusion. We dig… Continue reading Joy Is Our Default Setting

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Is Holiness A Turn-Off?

"As we study the holiness of God, we shall see in increasing clearness  how, like fire, it repels and attracts, how it combines into one His infinite distance and His infinite nearness. But the distance will be that which comes out first and most strongly. The sense of sin, of unfitness for God's presence, is the… Continue reading Is Holiness A Turn-Off?

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Hashtag Campaign Or A Sound Mind?

I noticed on 'the Twitter' today that "world mental health day" is trending. For those less inclined to serious topics, it's also "national handbag day", so take your pick. A day for literally everything, because someone started a hashtag. It's fascinating. I'm all for a mental health day though, the world feels positively apocalyptic lately.… Continue reading Hashtag Campaign Or A Sound Mind?

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A Tribute To My Messed Up Hero

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of one of my personal 'giants' of the faith and great influences, Christian music artist Rich Mullins, who died in a car accident on his way to a benefit concert. If you don't know who he was, give his music, lyrics and writing a try, I… Continue reading A Tribute To My Messed Up Hero

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When Labels and Safe Places Fail

I wasn't planning to go there, but I'm here already so I thought I'd offer up some hopefully encouraging and Biblical thoughts for what feels like a world turned upside-down. I mean it when I say what I desire to bring to the table is some clarity in the confusion, some sanity in the madness… Continue reading When Labels and Safe Places Fail

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Chasing Self Isn’t Brave

The following Facebook post by writer Lore Wilbert is bold and strong and necessary, like a much needed shot of espresso on a dreary morning. She speaks with grace and conviction. Dear believers, something precious is getting lost in the shuffle of our ridiculous obsession with popular opinion.  We are called to first and foremost… Continue reading Chasing Self Isn’t Brave

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Grasping or Grabbing?

I'm re-reading some chapters of the book Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst and was struck this morning by this paragraph in which she addresses our never-ending need to be filled, with something... anything... that satisfies our deepest longings. "If we grasp the full love of Christ, we won't grab at other things to fill us. Or if we… Continue reading Grasping or Grabbing?