Category: Faith & Other Virtues

When Men Despise Your Worship

The anointing at Bethany. Many believe the woman who entered the room was Mary, the sister of Lazarus. The account in John 12 identifies her as such. The other Gospel accounts don't mention her name and it says they were at the home of Simon the leper. Details for a scholar most likely, but our ...

When You Want to Give Up

So many reasons to give up. And they all make perfect sense, but something will not let go. Something holding you up. A voice calling you onward. Calling you to your future. The place where the dream in your heart is realized. The deep longings of your heart that yearn to be tasted and held. ...

GLITTER- PROOF (When Your Past Chokes the Light Out of Your Future) Part 2

This perpetual cycle of lies is one of greatest tactics of our enemy. Why? Because it works so well. His tactics appeal to our shame and condemnation because these are the things that sin produces in us. It is these very things that Jesus came to irradiate and cleanse. Hebrews 9:13- 15 “For if the blood ...

GLITTER- PROOF (When Your Past Chokes the Light Out of Your Future)

As I opened my eyes this morning and slumber left my soul, these words spoke silently to me: “Glitter- proof”. Now, I don’t normally think about glitter or work with glitter nor have I been near anything glittery for years! Except at Christmas time, hanging tinsel or lights. Ah, there was that Christmas decorating project ...

What Will “They” Say About You When You’re Gone and Why it Matters

I received a phone call in early September that after 10 years of fighting brain cancer, my sister, Teresa had passed away. Her journey over the last few years had been especially challenging and I hated that I lived so far away from her. Please continue to keep our family in your prayers and her immediate ...

Where is Worship in the Midst of Trials?

Never is the heart and soul of our worship more challenged than when we are in the middle of trials and tribulations. When all hell is breaking loose in our lives and we are surrounded with chaos, the hit to our relationship with God can be significant. But this doesn't have to be if we ...

CERTAINTY:

I used to believe that life was certain or that I could orchestrate events to make it that way. But I am finding that to be untrue. The only certain thing in the universe is that God loves me and nothing that happens in my life can ever separarate me from that love, EVER! That ...

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Thoughts for those Lost at Sea….Just Keep Swimming

Sometimes, you are dealt such a devastating blow, that recovery is not even on the radar. Sometimes, your ability to see the light is swallowed up in the blackest darkness. Sometimes, your heart is breaking in places and for reasons you didn't even know existed. Sometimes, the road you choose for yourself turns out to be the darkest ...

FACING DISAPPOINTMENT. ….When Life Doesn’t Turn Out Like You Planned

By this time in my life I imagined I'd be making lots of music, touring the world and writing books. But instead, I am lying in bed with who knows what going on in my body, hardly able to function at times because of dizziness that doctors have no answers for. I've been stuck with ...

BROKEN…..

I have heard the term "broken" many times. It's almost cliché and stripped of its impact due to overuse. But in the personal lives of people who experience it, its impact is still very much alive. Broken is not a bad place, in fact, it's probably the most sure place you can abide. Although it ...

True Religion Before God, the Father, is This………

  Okay, as Christians we need to have some conversations! Like real conversations. Like conversations that are going to change things. Conversations like missionary, Jack Harris  http://www.globalmessenger.org had with our church many months ago. He talked about enemies that hinder the spreading of the Gospel. The #1 enemy is apathy. We just don't care. I was so convicted, personally, by ...

The Church is Alive & Well!

My hope was renewed today as I looked out over a congregation of believers from the choir loft! "What Love is This", by Kari Jobe had just been ministered by our Performing Arts department and I'd venture to say there wasn't a dry eye in the house, including mine. I pondered the morning's events in my ...