Approaching the Throne

Approaching the Throne

I approached God this morning on my knees. As my king, I approach the throne as his servant. Humbly requesting attendance with him. And I asked him to hold his blessings and his instructions for me until I confessed my sins to him.

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The Briefing

The Briefing

Jesus, the Man While Jesus was unquestionably “fully human” and “fully God”, we must recognize that being fully human did, in fact, bring significant limitations.  While Jesus was clearly connected to God, it was also a requirement of his humanity to be disconnected from God at the same time. Jesus received his power from the Father, but Jesus admitted that there were things the Father […]

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The Truth About Independence

The Truth About Independence

Children seek not independence, but “the freedom to act according to emotion without fear of consequence.”

Independence is the freedom, or capability, to make your own intelligent, informed decisions. This ability, however, is neither innate nor learned, as no one has the right perspective to know what’s best for themselves. This ability requires input, advice, and direction from others who understand our purpose and station; others who are trustworthy and who have proven to have our interests at heart.

True independence comes from hearing the truth.

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Blood, Sweat and Tears

Blood, Sweat and Tears

“And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.” – Luke 22:44

While this passage is often misquoted or represented as “his sweat became drops of blood…”, as always, we can allow the Word of God to represent himself perfectly. In every translation, it reads “like” or “as” or “as it were” drops of blood..

But while the idea of Jesus actually sweating blood may be compelling to some, it makes no physical sense (it would indicate an extreme medical condition) and detracts from the understanding of what Jesus was going through.

In reading, and studying, John Eldredge’s The Beautiful Outlaw, one can really see Jesus for who he is, the Son of God alive in a human body. While wholly God, he intentionally bound himself in the confines of a young man’s body…

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God, How Do You Know That I Love You?

God, How Do You Know That I Love You?

I love God. I tell him this regularly. I find myself often overcome with thanksgiving and praise, and talk a great deal about what I’m willing to do for him. But lately, I find myself growing concerned with how I love him.

How does he know? What evidence is there in my life of my love and commitment to his ways and his words? I’ve heard the discussionary question asked, “If you were arrested and sent to court for being a disciple of Jesus, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”

Tough question. How much evidence would they need? In my heart, I feel so convicted about my discipleship and my role in God’s family. And while I try to live faithfully, and demonstrate my love for God in every aspect of my life, I look back on any given day and don’t really see it.

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Tuned In

Tuned In

What’s it mean to be tuned in? A popular online dictionary defines tune (noun) as “an agreement in pitch; unison; harmony.” As a verb, its defined as “to bring (someone or something) into harmony” or, in the context of radio, “to adjust so as to receive the signals of a particular transmitting station.”

So often I find myself missing the larger blocks of time with God. While I don’t want to get trapped in any fixed procedure in my time with Him, I am careful not to be too rigid in when I read my Bible or pray, while being as regular in these moments as I can. But I tell you, because I “pray continually” and “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thess 5:16-18), reading God’s Word is where I really falter.

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God Speaks and He Lives

God Speaks and He Lives

“Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt.”
– Genesis 41:45

I just finished watching the animated film, “Joseph: King of Dreams.” I have read the story of Joseph a dozen times, and each has revealed new and deeper understanding, and new lessons.

God spoke to Joseph through his dreams, and through them Joseph ultimately gained great power and great responsibility. God’s glory spoke loud and clear to Pharoah and the people of Egypt through Joseph’s integrity and spirit. Through him, God saved Joseph’s family as well as the whole country (later to be used for an even greater purpose). In response to God’s glory, Pharoah gave Joseph a new name: Zapheneth-Paneah (“God speaks and he lives”).

My eyes water every time I reach the point in the story where Joseph…

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The Grudge

The Grudge

In a Rush song called “Wish Them Well,” the lyricist Neil Peart speaks of letting go of grudges, and basically forgiving all who have wronged you, and shaking off any ill will at any time.

This comes from one who’s been through so much. Within 18 months, Neil lost his only daughter in a car accident, and his wife — his best friend — to cancer. Apart from God, it’s amazing that this man managed to survive it all. Even more amazing is that despite his desperate search for understanding, researching various religions and cults, he has still failed to know God.

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Lord’s Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Dear Father in Heaven, holy is your name. May your kingdom and righteousness come here into my life and the lives of all believers. And may your will be done through me as I pursue your righteousness and walk alongside you.

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Your Will Be Done

Your Will Be Done

“Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Luke 11:2-4; Matthew 6:8-14).

I admit that I’ve always battled a bit with this part of Jesus’ prayer framework. I guess I never really understood what it meant. I’ve had many teach about the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) structure of what the Lord’s Prayer was about, making a bit more sense of it rather than the simple recitation of it as is often done in the larger denominations.

But “asking” God to have his will done seems a bit beyond the scope of why I’m coming to him in prayer…

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