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Pride: Resolving to Correct Misplaced Worship to Fulfill God’s Purpose

Pride wears many faces. It is a sneaky thing that isn’t all bad but can quickly become a monster if it is misplaced. To fulfill God’s purpose, we must lay down those things we place above Him.  I asked the following question to a mixed group of folks, (some claiming Christ, others who do not),… Continue reading Pride: Resolving to Correct Misplaced Worship to Fulfill God’s Purpose

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Vulnerability: Having A Compassionate Heart for Suffering People

The compassion of Jesus should be our posture in the face of vulnerability. His example teaches us to carry the weight of suffering to the throne of God. Have you ever been informed you were being too vulnerable? Or maybe you’re too much. Alternatively, I would wager we’ve all been in a situation where we… Continue reading Vulnerability: Having A Compassionate Heart for Suffering People

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Perception: Reading Psalm 23 Without the Filter of Circumstance

We respond to Scripture based on how we perceive the goings on in our life. That is one of the beauties of God’s Word; it becomes new each day just as our circumstances and moods do. It’s a lifelong process to take God at His word and not allow perception to filter out the truth. … Continue reading Perception: Reading Psalm 23 Without the Filter of Circumstance

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Agenda: Godly Responses to Being Slowed Down

We all have a plan nestled deep in within us. For me, that agenda typically serves to provide me with comfort and ease. Let’s take a look at Scripture to see how the Father’s agenda is superior to ours and how it brings glory to Him and blessing to us!  A few weeks ago, I… Continue reading Agenda: Godly Responses to Being Slowed Down

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Moments: Surrendering Our Time as God’s Instruments

Surrendering our time to God is important. When we structure moments on being His instrument, we can find rest and assurance through God’s perfect design. In relationships, I tend to say “yes” a lot. Does someone need a meal? I can deliver. Did someone lose their babysitter last minute? Bring your kids to me. You… Continue reading Moments: Surrendering Our Time as God’s Instruments

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Help: Crying Out to the Lord Who Delivers from Trouble

Often, we move forward boldly, trying to accomplish things on our own, not asking for help. When is the right time to ask? What is at stake when we don’t? “Oh Lord, help us” is not just the name of this ministry, but the cry of my heart. It’s 11 o’clock on Tuesday night and… Continue reading Help: Crying Out to the Lord Who Delivers from Trouble

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Shaping: Rest in the God Who Prunes the Ones He Loves

Resting in Jesus feels wild; almost unsafe, especially when we feel like things are being stripped away. But relinquishing control to the One who lovingly prunes us to produce even more growth is the only true safety we will ever know. The dream… It was 8 to 10 years in the future. I was visiting… Continue reading Shaping: Rest in the God Who Prunes the Ones He Loves

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Peace: No Longer Living with Shame in God’s Presence

The everlasting love God lavishes on us through His Son is revolutionizing. We no longer live with shame, but have peace in His presence. In high school I went on a trip with my youth group. We slept in sleeping bags on the floor of an attractive, comfortable church. It was located close to the… Continue reading Peace: No Longer Living with Shame in God’s Presence

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Reckless: Understanding the Radical Love of God and Why We Need It

At the core of every human being is the requirement to be known and to be loved. It’s not optional; our Creator placed it there. And His reckless love is the key to filling our need. I’ve had the song How Deep the Father’s Love for Us in my head for weeks. When I wake… Continue reading Reckless: Understanding the Radical Love of God and Why We Need It

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Lament: Fear Not, Limitless Joy is Available in the Midst of Struggle

Feeling sorrowful does not necessarily indicate lack of trust. Having a right understanding of God’s limitless power and love frees us to lament with hope. Joy is unshakable in the midst of struggle. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;… Continue reading Lament: Fear Not, Limitless Joy is Available in the Midst of Struggle