The God Who Gets His Hands Dirty

True Christianity is not clean, tidy and sanitized.  There are many within the church that would like folks to believe it’s that way.  They come up with nice, neat answers to life’s complex problems.  They have developed cute slogans to help with challenging issues.  Everything fits into a nice, neat faith package. But life doesn’t

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How American Christianity Differs From Kingdom Christianity

As a person born in America I am very thankful that I live in this nation.  I did nothing to facilitate that as my parents lived in this nation as did their parents.  Somewhere back in time my ancestors came from other countries to settle in this nation.  For all it’s faults and failures, I still

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The Longest Bridge Across Water (book review)

I just finished reading The Longest Bridge Across Water by Jeremy Mangerchine.  I had seen the book a while back promoted by a group on Facebook but decided then that I had too many other books to read at the time.  Then I heard Jeremy interviewed by Steve Bremner on the Fire on Your Head

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Victory Through the Lamb (book review)

Growing up I was always scared to read Revelation.  I didn’t understand it and all the sermons I had heard on it led me to believe that it was all going to be doom and gloom.  I have since changed my viewpoint on Revelation.  I am no longer scared to read it because I have

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Dear God, I wish I was more like them!

In an earlier blog I looked at a parable that Jesus told about a Pharisee and a tax-collector.  In the parable the Pharisee was guilty of the sin of self-righteousness because he felt he was better than the tax collector.  In this blog, I want to look at the other side of this comparison coin:  the sin of self-condemnation. Whenever

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Loving without Limitations

Love is a wonderful thing. Yet, it can be a frustrating thing. When you are loved, it’s the greatest feeling in the world. When you have been hurt by someone you love, it’s one of the greatest hurts known to man. The Bible gives us a wonderful description of love in 1 Corinthians 13.  True

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Navigating Our Seasons

I have discovered through many years of walking with God, and much study, that God works in cycles and seasons.  As I look upon my life I can see many different seasons that I have endured.  Some seasons of life have been awesome; some not so awesome.  We can see in scripture that God created

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When a Sword Pierces Your Soul

One of the things that strikes me about American Christianity, particularly that of the Charismatic/Pentecostal movement, is that it seems to believe that as Christians we will not suffer.  If we do suffer, it’s either God has put something on us to teach us something (not true) or we don’t have enough faith (again not true).

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The Beauty of Grace-isms

•The beauty of grace is that it keeps you from being defined by your  mistakes. •The beauty of grace is that there is more love in God for us, than  there is sin within us. •The beauty of grace is that God clothes us with Christ, covering up our nakedness and shame. •The beauty of

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3 Things I Learned From Brokenness

We live in a throw-away society.  When something breaks these days, we just throw it away and buy a new one.  The way things are currently made they seemingly break more easily than things made in days gone by.  We just buy a new one because it is cheaper to buy a new one than

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