Are You Really Living?

“Every man dies, but not every man really lives” so said William Wallace in the movie Braveheart.  It’s a great quote and one that I think is a very true statement.  I think that it’s very appropriate for the Christian walk. Every single person on earth is going to die someday.  Everyone single person who has

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Can You Handle Your Freedom?

I had a friend named Jimmy who spent 18 years of his adult life in prison.  He did a 13 year stint, got out and was arrested 11 months later.  He did another 5 years and was released.  The church I pastored at the time had a prison ministry that Jimmy was a part of

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When God Doesn’t Stop Me

Why did God allow me to go through that horrendous ordeal?  Why didn’t He stop my father from hurting me?  Why didn’t He stop that drunk from killing my wife?  Why did He allow me to go through so much suffering? Why did He allow me to get raped?  Why does He allow suffering in

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I Give Up

I give up.  I can’t do it anymore.  I quit. Now you are wondering what I am giving up and quitting. Control! (I wrote about The Illusion of Control). I have finally gotten to the place in my life where I realize that I have been stressing out over things that I cannot control.  All

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What Message is My Life Portraying?

My life is a message.  As a follower of Christ everything I do, day in and day out, sends a  message to those around me.  I am either sending a message of love, value and acceptance or I am sending a message of disappointment, judgment and rejection. The way I live my life tells my

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My Labor To Rest

Rest One of the greatest promises that Jesus gives humanity is found in Matthew 11:28-30: Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart,

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Gracious Words Falling

Words can wound or they can heal.  Words can build up or tear down.  Words are powerful. And all were speaking well of Him, and wondering at the gracious words which were falling from His lips; and they were saying, ” Is this not Joseph’s son?”  (Luke 4:22) I love the wording that Luke uses

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Entering 2015 with Empty Hands

A new year is upon us.  This happens every 365 days.  Every 365 days people begin talking about making changes, setting new goals, setting resolutions, wishing for a better year than the previous one had been. I quit making resolutions several years ago.  However, I will be setting some goals for 2015 as I need

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Grace upon Grace, Gift upon Gift

For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. (John 1:16) The word grace in the New Testament can also mean gift.  Which is fitting considering that grace is a gift.  You cannot earn grace; you can only receive it. God is a good and kind Father who is rich with His

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Grace & Truth, not Truth & Grace

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.  (John 1:14) Jesus was full of grace and truth.  I believe that God was very specific when He had John write grace and truth. He uses the

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