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Challenges come… Both the ebbing of our strength or the sudden power surge we need can be painful. …so we can grow… Pain must happen. A seed’s hull must split for the stem to emerge. A child’s ankles must ache for the limbs to stretch. The heart must break and […]

Transforming Grace

I think there are times for many of us when we cry out for God’s grace and we get it–but not the grace that we’re looking for. We want grace of relief or release. We get those in little pieces, but largely they are yet to come. What we all […]

Nothing Less Natural

“Here’s the bottom line. The Christian life, the church, our faith are not about us, they’re about him–his plan, his kingdom, his glory….Even the most regular, seemingly unimportant tasks of my life must be shaped and directed by a heartfelt desire for the glory of God….Let’s start the new year […]

Virtual Remake

“Our Lord never ‘patches up’ our natural virtues, that is, our natural traits, qualities, or characteristics. He completely remakes a person on the inside….see that your natural human life is putting on all that is in keeping with the new life.” Oswald Chambers

Hopeful Reminders

“Afflictions cannot injure when we blend them with submission.” “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NASB “And the God of all grace, who called you […]

Concert Pitch of Nature

“The clear, pure light of the morning made me yearn for the truth in my heart, which alone could make me pure and clear as the morning itself and tune my life to the concert pitch of nature around me. And the breeze that blew from the sunrise made me […]