How to Want The Hard Things

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Oh The Hard Things!!!

There are so many of us that feel like we are in a place of “stuckness” with God. We find ourselves questioning our identity, our place, and our purpose.

So often we come to God asking that He move heaven and earth on our behalf and make the impossible: possible yet in our minds we construct a list of terms and conditions stating what we will and will not do. Read more

Faith is For The Birds

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Faith is for the birds….Yes I just said that! Now before you write me off – this is not a flippant remark and an attempt to discredit God. It is simply an observation.

Jesus said,

“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” – Matthew 6:26

For the past few years, I have watched birds enjoy our backyard. Read more

Quick To Listen & Slow To Speak – Part 1

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Quick To Listen & Slow To Speak

Social Commentary – We all do it! Whether it’s in conversation with family and friends or commenting on your favorite social media outlets. We always seem to have something to say. Some of it is welcomed. Most of it is not. This week I will be sharing tips on how to ensure our thoughts and talk are purposeful and positive. Read more

The Encampment

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I am sure that today many of you are in the throes of Christmas preparations. The tantalizing aromas coming from your oven can be smelled all over your kitchen. Your legs are falling asleep as you count the sporadic road signs on your way to grandma’s house. The kids keep asking when Santa is going to arrive and their excitement level is on 100. You make a promise to yourself that you are not going to go all out like you did this year. Well, I give you full permission to take a moment to relax and indulge yourself in some reading pleasure as I share with you my favorite Christmas poem.

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Can I Trust Him? – My Concerns & His Response

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Can I Trust Him?

As I sit here, I mull over the conditions of His love and it overwhelms me. No condition – I mean nothing can keep Him from pursuing me! No mountain, no valley, neither death, nor sickness, nor mess ups nor failures can keep me from His love. His love for me is UNCONDITIONAL. He pursues me hard. I do not have to strive for His love or sell my body and soul for it. Nothing can separate me from Him. He loves me and I try my best to love Him too but can He be trusted. I admit; I find it so hard to trust Him at times. Read more

Oh Thy Word – A Statement of Faith

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OH THY WORD!

John 1: 1-3, 14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

This passage of scripture is one of the most profound pieces of literature ever written since the inception of time. At the core of this paragraph lies revelation intricately woven together until the time appointed; the Word would atone for us. The apostle John presents a valid case for Christ. Since the beginning of time, Jesus was; today: He is, and for the future, He will continue to be. It is on this premise that I base my statement of faith. Read more

What Ferguson Teaches Us

What Ferguson Teaches Us

*Updated 11/25/2014– The Verdict is in and Officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted. My response is still the same:

As I await the verdict for the Michael Brown case, my heart plunges a little deeper. History has repeated itself again yet parts of the church have remained silent–cloaked behind cultural differences and innuendos. A harsh reality is this: many have not forgiven nor forgotten what transpired a little less than 500// 50// 5 // 3 years// 3 months ago. Ferguson has caused old wounds to fester and it needs true healing not a band-aid but true internal surgery. At the core, this is not a #‎race‬ issue, a #justice issue nor a ‪#‎political‬ issue. This is a ‪#‎sin‬ issue. This is a #heart issue. Our heart is deceitful. we honestly cannot trust it. The headlines prove why. ‪#‎Hate‬ and harboring offense are both seen as sin in GOD’s eyes. God is not most concerned with your church. He is most concerned with HIS church. God’s passion is His people. Read more

Why Do We Not Mourn

Why Do We Not Mourn

Why Do We Not Mourn?

When was the last time you mourned?  I mean seriously cried over the present state and situation of another human being or people group. In our modern western society, the custom of mourning is foreign and many times misunderstood.  Mourning makes us uncomfortable and down-right sad. We do not want to think of the dead nor the dying. It forces us to come face to face without our own mortality. So we become consumed with the notion and business of our own happiness. We neglect the holiness and happiness of others especially if it opposes or even infringes on our life.  Read more

Lord, Teach Us to Pray – A Guide to Prayer Taught by Jesus

Lord, Teach Us to Pray

 

Luke, the physician and author, presents his readers with an account of Jesus’ times of prayer in the first of his two-part volume describing the life and ministry of Jesus. In Luke 11, concluding a time of heavenly communion with the Father, Jesus is surrounded by His disciples when one dared to ask, “Teach us to pray (!)”

These men had been in the company of the Messiah, heard Him preach and teach with authority, and witnessed the restorative healing of the sick and righteous dominion over demonic forces. Such power exerted from the Son of God should bare many questions, yet the pertinent request on their minds in the moment was: teach us to pray. Read more

Lord, Teach Me – An Earnest Prayer

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Lord, you have asked that I not be limited in my scope of you. Yesterday, prompted me to dream God-sized dreams for your people– trusting that you are able to do them. Why is my scope of you so limited. Why does my finite mind limit your infinite power when ;I know you want to do more in me and through me. Why do I doubt your ability to work as you said that you would.

My faith in you seems to waver every day. Some days, I am confident and other days I doubt. My emotions seem to rule my life if I do not keep them in check by the principles of your word. Teach me Lord not be a slave to my emotions and the toxic habits that my heart is prone to. I need more of your ‘living water’. I need to molded and shaped to be the person you oh God has called me to be. My heart needs to be broken by the things that break your heart. Mercy needs to be shown to those you desire to show mercy. I need to forgive those you have instructed me to forgive. I need to banish and curse the ways, you have asked that I give up. Show me what Godly repentance is. Show me what it means to do a 180, to change my mind because it has been renewed and transformed being washed by Your word. Read more