The Greatest Force In All the World

The Greatest Force In the World Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Romans 8:35 NRSV   Go ahead. Let your imagination run wild. I guarantee you won’t be able to think of anything so powerful, or so horrific …

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road

Follow the Yellow Brick Road "Lord, where are you going?" Jesus replied, "Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later." John 13:36 NRSV I know it’s a weak metaphor, but I love the Wizard of Oz. When Dorothy is told that to get home she needs to find the Wizard …

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Beauty of the Ashes: Get Back In the Ring

Get Back in the Ring And not only that, but we* also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, Romans 5:3 I have an autographed picture of Muhammed Ali in my office at home. No, I never actually met him, but my nephew Jason did. He lived near the legendary boxer in Michigan …

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The Beauty of the Ashes: Search Me O God

Search Me O God O God, you know my foolishness, and my faults are not hidden from you. Psalm 69:6 There are many wise sayings attributed to Abraham Lincoln. One of the most common is this: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the …

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The Beauty of the Ashes: A Change of Position

Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, and kneel before the Lord our Maker. Psalm 95:6 Repentance is a major theme of the season of Lent. One of the best ways for me to show my repentance before God is to change my position. Yes, I mean literally change my position before Him. …

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The Beauty of the Ashes: A Poem for the beginning of Lent

For the beauty of the Ashes, For the glory they once revealed, In these no words could ever capture, God’s highest work in me He sealed.   For the beauty of the love that fills the world, Even though in anguish with devils filled, Let not my heart ere be defeated, For all is thus, …

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Don’t Bother Me With the Facts

  Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.”  John 9:39 Read John 9:18-41 “I say, I say, don’t bother me with the facts son, I’ve already made up my mind.” A bit of wisdom from one of …

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Everyone Needs Heart Surgery

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”   Jeremiah 17:9 Read Jeremiah 17   I turned in my heart monitor thinking I would finally find out why my heart rhythms were so crazy. I had worn it for a week. Every time I felt some strange rhythms I had to push a button that would record what my heart …

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