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February 13, 2020
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. - Ephesians 6:13-15 Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. - Billy Graham I have played a lot of games in my life. Literally a lot of games: basketball, baseball, football, and more ... mostly when I was young and dads were the coaches. The older I got, the stakes got higher and so did the intensity of practice and the games. Dads were replaced with “Coaches”, scores mattered, and
February 02, 2020
This past week has been another painful reminder of how many hearts are hurting out there. Believers and those who are yet to be are absolutely going through tough times. And we know the trials and hardships are expected, even promised... it was true for the followers of Jesus in the first century and it echoes true for today. The details have changed as life has had its advancements but it is still war and falleness and in need of hope and strength. "Come back Jesus come back and end this war ushering us back to the Garden"… until He does… we wage war... "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 "For though we
September 20, 2019
Freedom is a magnificent word. I didn’t feel free twenty years ago. I was overwhelmed, with three young daughters, working in campus ministry. My three girls are all now in their twenties. How did this happen? Aren’t I still in my twenties?! My hot flashes assure me I am not physically, yet my truest self knows I am still the same soulful woman who loves to be silly and laugh hard and dance like I’m in high school (my girls turn away when this happens - completely mortified). I was recently looking at a picture from the early 2000's. Our family made the 30 minutes drive to Ganyard Farm each fall to ride the hay wagon out to the field to pick pumpkins. I loved seeing the Ring Pop’s, baggy jeans, and all the hair clips. I mostly loved seeing my girls in my arms…hugging them close. Sometimes
July 15, 2019
No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God. - Romans 2:29 The man who can articulate the movements of his inner life need no longer be a victim of himself, but is able slowly and consistently to remove the obstacles that prevent the spirit from entering. - Henri Nouwen There is an old southern saying ... what is in the well comes out in the bucket. The “inner world” is a world with a dictator. Either the false self/flesh runs the inner world or the true man or true woman runs the inner world. The true is on the side of God and is in alignment with God and, when operational, runs a full and abundant Kingdom Life. The false self/flesh plays the
May 20, 2019
In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self-ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ - Colossians 2:1 Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. Helen Keller Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? I’m here inviting the sin-sick, not the spiritually-fit.” - Mark 2:17 (MSG) Having something cut out or cut away is reserved for the professionals, someone who knows what the heck they are doing. Things get pretty serious pretty quick when a diagnosis of cancer is presented to a patient. I’ve had family and friends who have been presented such diagnosis and the treatment decided upon ... cut it out. Tumors or cancer compromise and encumber
May 13, 2019
People “sin” everyday. Sin is never “God’s Will” and yet, it happens everyday in this fallen place, under the watchful love and care of God and through the work of our enemy and their partnership with the flesh/false self. Like with your children, they do not always do what you ask or need them to do, we can not control all they should say and do. We can not control all they shouldn’t say and not do as well. And so, mistakes are made. God is in control, and yet doesn’t seem to exercise the power and authority to make us do what is right nor "make us" do what isn’t wrong. He prefers a more dangerous path: that we walk with Him, trust Him, and allow His way to become our way. In the process of learning, a lot of mistakes are made. The first step in admitting a mistake, confessing a wrong, is
April 29, 2019
Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.- Matthew 20:28 A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act. - Gandhi Ransom. The word has both a dark and wonderful meaning ... dark because something is being held captive ... wonderful, because someone precious and dear is about to be set free. Can you imagine finding your child missing, being informed that your spouse or your parent is gone and receiving a ransom note? After the initial shock, pain and anger, a plan of deliverance would be set in motion, whatever it takes to see your loved one home. So Maximus ransoms Rome with his life. Wallace ransoms
April 22, 2019
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit - Ephesians 1:13 Home is ultimately not about a place to live but about the people with whom you are most fully alive. Home is about love, relationship, community, and belonging, and we are all searching for home. - Erwin McManus It was for my 50th birthday and I had never been in a tattoo shop before. For a few years prior to my walking through that shop door, I had an image that had been moving through my heart that IF I ever got a tattoo, it would be this … It all started with Lions. I’ve always loved them. When I stepped into C.S. Lewis’s Narnia, I was thrilled that Aslan, the Christ character, was a
April 15, 2019
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. - Luke 10:19 Authority exercised with humility, and obedience accepted with delight are the very lines along which our spirits live. - C.S. Lewis Our original "job description", the one handed to us by God in the garden, was to reign and rule over creation. We didn’t “do" the creating ... that was done by the Trinity. We were handed the keys though and put in charge. That was God’s original intent, that we reign and rule with His authority. But it didn’t take long before we handed the keys over to Satan in The Fall. Just before Christ went to the cross, Jesus called Satan "the prince of this dark world", a position in which this fallen angel reigns and rules and
April 08, 2019
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. - Ephesians 2:6 We can never get a re-creation of community and heal our society without giving our citizens a sense of belonging. - Patch Adams Growing up, I had the blessing of big family, lots of aunts and uncles and cousins on both sides. Both my grandparents lived in the same town, my parents were high-school sweet hearts, so a visit for holidays was always a large gathering and the making of wonderful memories. Meals were banquets, and of course, "family style." There was always a seat at the table, and an environment for me to be me; to play, listen to stories, be asked questions, enjoy, and be enjoyed. I knew I belonged;my seat at the table came with all the privileges of being in my