Grace Identity

  Am I enough? This nagging question can cause us to soul search – but is it the right question? Self analysis helps in accessing our goals, but not in interpretation of all the facts. The trifecta of shame, guilt and fear cause us to be fragmented, resulting in a...

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Indifference

     Consider the analogy of a frog sitting in a water pot. He is use to his environment, but subtly and unaware, the water is steadily heating up, and he is being slowly cooked! Subtle changes that we “learn to live with” we don’t feel the outcome right away...

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Friends in Deed and in Truth

Paul found friends and together they changed cities. He met Aquila and Priscilla in Corinth. They were a husband and wife on the move, driven from their home in Rome for being Jews. An edict issued by Emperor Claudius targeted this people group, though little is known of the reason...

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The Jesus Way to Pray

God designed us for relationship with Him. The basic element of this relationship is the practice of prayer. He who formed and made us alive by His breath also wants us to be in communion with Him. We are made to carry the fire of the Lord within us. The...

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The Wait, the Wind, the Word

The Apostles kept looking up, their eyes on the sky. They stared steadily at the spot where Jesus had escaped their view. The Savior rose through the clouds before this group and was gone. It was 40 days since Resurrection Sunday. Jesus came and went among them. He appeared and...

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Jesus and Our Feet

It’s easy for us to imagine Jesus looking down from Heaven upon us. As Christians, we believe that He ascended through the clouds to take His place at the right hand of the Father on high. “Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool …” so we read in...

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The Sense of the Sanctuary

“Until I went to the sanctuary of God …” This phrase shows up smack in the middle of Psalm 73, a piece of poetry attributed to Asaph. The words he strung together are something of a confession. He admits that envy nearly got the best of him. He explains the...

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Friends Worth Keeping

“Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend.” This is from Proverbs 27, a chapter that has lot to say about true friends. How many chose to ignore this counsel? Many who wander from these friends are very much lost, I am sorry to say. They go far from...

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When Culture Fails

These things I learned this week: That in the culture, individualism can be good, as long as I don’t make an idol of me. Culturally speaking, community is desired; but don’t make an idol of them. Who-a-person-is subjectively is discovered in receiving an objective identity; it is not found by...

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