Only One Life…

onlyonelife

Today my dad turns 65. And on Sunday our pastor read a poem by C.T. Studd that I want to share here as I pause for a moment to thank God for my dad. There are many reasons I respect and love him, but as my dad enters this new stage-phase of life, I am so thankful that I [Read More...]

Why It Matters Now…

Heaven

I like to think about Heaven. And talk about Heaven. But it wasn’t always that way for me. There was, and still is, debate and discussion over the particulars of Jesus’ return and so it just felt easier not to bring it up. I had misconceptions over what Heaven would be like, so to be [Read More...]

Nothing New Under the Sun…

“Think about what happens to many young people who are raised with all the benefits of prosperous parents who are cultural Christians themselves. As children, they are taken to church, where they hear the parts of the Christian message that their particular church embraces. Although it is rare in our times, maybe they even receive [Read More...]

In the midst of it all…

 …for I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~Romans 8:38 & 39 Jesus, my [Read More...]

Relationships– A Mess Worth Making (and a book worth reading)

God designed us to live in community. Our pastor said this on Sunday. Once again…another arrow from God pointing me to acknowledge the importance of relationships. In their book, Relationships…A Mess Worth Making, Paul Tripp and Timothy Lane describe the two extremes we often live in when it comes to relationships. On one end–Isolation.“I want to [Read More...]

Let the measure of God’s grace to you in the cross of Christ, be the measure of your grace to your spouse. ~John Piper

http://thechuppies.com/2011/07/let-measure-of-gods-grace-to-you-in/

Abba

               A child is lowly, and “the Lord…regards the lowly, but the haughty               He knows from afar” (Psalm 138:6).  I want to be regarded by the               Lord, so I cock my ear for His call and come running.  His Word               is my delight, so I press in to obey, like any child [Read More...]

All Nature Sings

…continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under Heaven. ~Colossians 1:23 This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres. This is my [Read More...]

Rejoicing Now, Not Next Tuesday

Starting next Tuesday I’m going to praise the Lord like gangbusters… For now, I need to worry. I’m going to rejoice in the Lord, I really am, but I cannot rejoice today… Psalm 51 pleads, “blot out my transgressions” and “restore to me the joy of Your salvation,” but surely David doesn’t mean today.  Must [Read More...]

Fear of Being Outside the “Inner Ring”

From Andree Seu’s essay “Be Somebody”… “When you don’t have an internal sense of Self, you need an external–and a constant supply of it.  You’re condemned to roam the earth a parasite…We are all in need of a Self, of being somebody with respect to an outside source of approval…No one is ultimate enough in [Read More...]

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