Pick Up Your Cross

Pick Up Your Cross

Jesus said that only when something dies can it create new life. I know that in this context he was talking about himself, alluding to his own necessary death on the cross so that New Life might be accessible to all. “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will […]

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Going Your Own Way

Going Your Own Way

We often wonder as kids that,  if I’m obedient to my parents, if I actually do what they tell me to do – if I take their advice, am I really leading my own life? Am I making my own decisions? And it’s a hard question. And ultimately we rebel because we want to be able to show that we can do our own thing. We […]

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My Own Worst Enemy

My Own Worst Enemy

Am I so concerned with my own rights and happiness that I trod on all others? Am I living as though the “ends justify the means?” Who am I that I deserve more than the next? Do I feel like I deserve something better? Perhaps the world owes me something? Maybe God owes me something! Since I got short-changed earlier in life, now that I am in Christ, do I feel He owes me a better life now?

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Seeing Myself as God Sees Me

Seeing Myself as God Sees Me

I often wrestle with accepting my identity in Christ. While many characteristics have been given to me, and have transformed me into a new creation, I often find myself “held back” by seeing me as I have always been.

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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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Jesus, Rescue Me!

Jesus, Rescue Me!

How many times has Jesus called out to me and asked me to climb out of the boat? And how many of those times he asked, did I? But in the times I did, I was amazed at how easily I could do things I didn’t think I could do; things I could only do with Jesus leading. He makes me bold, and gives me […]

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Holding On

Holding On

Fifteen years ago, it was easy. Everything I thought I knew had been wrong, and Jesus showed me — gave me — a new way: His way. It made so much sense, and life seemed simpler then. The kids were young with minimal activities, and I had just discovered God’s awesome power and love. So I was “all in” in those days. Whatever God asked through his Word or the Church, I didn’t question, regardless of the challenge. I just acted in faith. Some may call that “passion” or “zeal”. Others may have called it naïveté.

But whatever, it was real and powerful, and I was given the strength and confidence to make big changes in my own life…

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The Spirit of Choice

The Spirit of Choice

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” — Galatians 5:19, 22-23

Have you ever wondered why you never seem to have an abundance of the aforementioned “fruits?”…

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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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Never Too Much

Never Too Much

The answer to the question, “Does God ever give us more than we can handle?”, is YES.

We are constantly dealing with one trial or another, whether great or small. As was stated recently by Pastor Greg Laurie, “We are either in the midst of a trial, just coming out of one, or are just about to enter one.”

In any training activity, whether running, weight-lifting, or whatever, the one in training has no upward growth unless obstacles or challenges exist. The “raising of the bar” (that’s a pole-vaulting term), or increasing the weight must come BEFORE the growth.

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