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October 25, 2016

Though times it seems Like I'm coming undone This walk can often feel lonely No matter what until this race is won I will stand my ground where hope can be found I will stand my ground where hope can be found Lauren Daigle, O’Lord LISTEN HERE Some songs come into your life and they play over and over as a gift from God, an anthem that brings courage, motivation, and perspective. Each line feels deeply true, and I get the profound sense, once again, I am not alone… He sees me and is with me. Nothing could be more comforting and bring hope to a heart encountering difficult times than to know, God is with. Early 19th century clergymen, Rev. John Watson, was thought to have penned the phrase, Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Jesus’s friend James wrote about such things

October 17, 2016

Dear BraveHearts Years ago, I heard that J.R.R Tolkien's Middle Earth was a veiled reference to us living in the middle. There are two comings of Christ—the first has come; we wait for the second… we are living in the middle. Tolkien wrote a story in such a way that the spiritual and physical realms were mashed together and the deeds of men and actions of angels and demons were on an epic scale, intertwined. As indeed they truly are! It is always in the middle chapters of a book that the story takes its darkest turns and all hope is lost… almost. Courage is summoned in the presence of fear and a battle that must be fought. Heroes arrive, and yet, when they do they are not heroes at all, they are just desperate characters trying to hang on. I have long accepted the environment and

October 10, 2016

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Jesus, Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG) Dear BraveHearts I have a young friend who turns 14 today. I texted him the following… Happy 14th birthday! Another significant year toward becoming a man. These high school years are really good and really hard. Lots of voices trying to tell u who to be and what to do. Learn how to find your true voice and Jesus' voice amongst the crowd. They will always be the ones telling u what is right and good and true. If it

September 21, 2016

A Bored Man is a Dangerous Man. Michael Thompson, The Heart of a Warrior Dear BraveHearts, A few years ago, during the writing process of The Heart of a Warrior, God revealed this truth to me. By definition, boredom is an emotional or psychological state experienced when an individual is left without anything in particular to do, is not interested in his or her surroundings, or feels that a day or period is dull or tedious. I don’t know any man who is without a pretty good list of chores to do. Not having anything to do doesn’t seem to be the problem… my problem is, I don’t want to do any of them. And that is when I am ripe for boredom to set in, and when that happens the enemy comes calling. The kingdom of darkness can smell boredom in a man’s life like a shark can smell blood in the

August 22, 2016

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) I have always loved this teaching from Jesus. It is one of many of His, "The Kingdom of Heaven is like..." Over the past several months, I have seen and felt a common ingredient coming from God, coming from the Kingdom, and being

August 16, 2016

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 So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Ephesians 6:11-12 MSG Dear BraveHearts, I pray this dispatch finds you well and enjoying the Love of the Father in the midst of this spiritual battle. I find that I am more aware of the battle at

August 08, 2016

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? Author, John Eldredge put this in a recent email that he sent a few weeks ago and I believe it is what God would want Zoweh to share with our friends and allies. I offer it to you for our I-Team devotional and prayer today because I believe it will sober us all to the significance of how to advance the Kingdom, guard against our enemy, and enter into our roles

August 01, 2016

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. The Christian law is not forcing upon the passion of love something which is foreign to that passion's own nature: it is demanding that lovers should take seriously something which their passion of itself impels them to do. And, of course

July 25, 2016

Dearest BraveHearts, When I look at those who have shaped my faith… the faculty members of my heart, C.S. Lewis is right there at the top, ok, maybe he is one of the Deans. I find that very few have a faith that are as humble AND profound as Lewis’. As we pray for and over Zoweh and against the kingdom of darkness I hope you are encouraged to join us, to stay the course, trusting that how and what we pray are having an affect on what unfolds in us, as well as around us. Robin, myself and our team are praying for you, our Allies. We are honored by your prayers and consider you both vital to the mission and your prayers are critical to the advancing of the Kingdom. We are stepping into a significant time of fund raising, planning, organizing and preparation for the fall. We go pretty hard

June 27, 2016

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) Over the past several years, I have discovered that what I thought was going on, wasn’t. I have also found it in other people's lives. What are the odds we are interpreting our lives accurately? My answer, slim. The greatest challenges to identifying what is really going on at any given moment are (a) understanding all the variables around a moment, and (b) seeing accurately someone's motives. No wonder most live in a constant state of confusion and, yet, pretend otherwise. There is a way things work and a deep way it is. God designed the Kingdom and us, all of