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A Bag of Kingdom Seeds of Belovedness

Submitted by Michael Thompson on Mon, 08/22/2016 - 12:00am

A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.

Matthew 13:3-9 (NIV)

Kingdom Heart

Submitted by Michael Thompson on Tue, 08/16/2016 - 12:00am

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Ephesians 6:12 NIV

Praying Against Advancing Darkness

Submitted by Michael Thompson on Mon, 08/08/2016 - 12:00am

Hope this post finds you well and “aware” of the Larger Story going on all around us. I know I can lose the context of my story from time-to-time and when I do I am vulnerable, susceptible to getting lost... lost in a smaller story. We live in a great love story set in the midst of a serious battle. Hearts and Lives are on the line. The kingdom of darkness vs. the Kingdom of our Savior and King, Jesus Christ. And don’t we feel it?

The Promise That Comes After

Submitted by Michael Thompson on Mon, 08/01/2016 - 12:00am

The idea that 'being in love' is the only reason for remaining married really leaves no room for marriage as a contract or promise at all. If love is the whole thing, then the promise can add nothing; and if it adds nothing, then it should not be made. The curious thing is that lovers themselves, while they remain really in love, know this better than those who talk about love. As Chesterton pointed out, those who are in love have a natural inclination to bind themselves by promises. Love songs all over the world are full of vows of eternal constancy.

Misdiagnosed/Misunderstood

Submitted by Michael Thompson on Mon, 06/27/2016 - 12:00am

When He had gone indoors, His disciples began asking Him privately, “Why were we unable to drive it out?”

He replied to them, “This kind [of unclean spirit] cannot come out by anything but prayer [to the Father].”

Mark 9:28-29 (AMP)

Gheppetto: A Father’s Love

Submitted by Michael Thompson on Mon, 06/20/2016 - 12:00am

We were made not primarily that we may love God (though we were made for that too) but that God may love us, that we may become objects in which the Divine love may rest ‘well pleased’. To ask that God’s love should be content with us as we are is to ask that God should cease to be God: because He is what He is, His love must, in the nature of things, be impeded and repelled, by certain stains in our present character, and because He already loves us He must labour to make us lovable.

Paying Attention to Faith

Submitted by Michael Thompson on Mon, 06/13/2016 - 12:00am

Now Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods. For moods will change, whatever view your reason takes. I know that by experience.

Remembering Two D-Days

Submitted by Michael Thompson on Mon, 06/06/2016 - 12:00am

SUPREME HEADQUARTERS
ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!

You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Eyes on God

Submitted by Michael Thompson on Thu, 06/02/2016 - 12:00am

We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.

Oswald Chambers

Dear BraveHearts,

Quotes like the one above can land a little over simplistic or even trite on my heart. Something quietly, yet a bit aloofly, rises in me that says, "Easy for you to say." That is often the expression I use when I am in or being pulled toward the smaller story. The smaller story, by the way, is the one we find ourselves in when we are at the center of things. And, oh, there is a gravitational pull to that center. We have often said...

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