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Advent Awakenings (Week 1) – Perspective and the Coming of the Lord

This Sunday marks the beginning of a four-week period known as the season of Advent. The time is set aside in the church’s liturgical calendar in preparation for the celebration of the incarnation of God in the Person of Jesus. Indeed, “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” over 2000 years ago (John 1:14). Continue Reading…

Thanksgiving in Everything

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV) A few weekends ago I visited Unicoi State Park in North Georgia. My family had a great time hiking around enjoying nature and each other. On Sunday morning we Continue Reading…

Pogo Stick Jesus

One of the most hurtful beliefs I have seen plaguing the sons and daughters of God is The Pogo Stick Jesus Syndrome. Are you familiar with the recreational toy? As a boy I’d set my feet on the pedals and grab hold of the handle bars, thinking that maybe I could even spring over my Continue Reading…

Never Beggars

“So, what do you suppose the ‘throne of grace’ looks like?” I asked. (Some time ago my family and I were reading through Hebrews together after dinner. It’s not an every single dinner ritual; we do it about every other night. Rather than get up and move elsewhere, we stay at the table, and any Continue Reading…

A Shuffling Ninja

I don’t like walking into a room without any light—pitch black. I’ll fully and carefully caress the walls around my entry point searching for the light switch that makes navigating the perils of the room possible. And if children have been in there before me, I know there are toys and kid structures lurking that Continue Reading…

Welcome Mr. Trash Man

Does a big behemoth of a trash truck thrill you? Around my house, we think they’re wonderful. For several years whenever any of us, Ellen, Emma, Sarah or I, heard the low rumble of the approaching beast, we would shriek in various keys and styles, and run to the window to glimpse the city’s lumbering Continue Reading…

A Reviving Homecoming

Prayer is more about jumping into the pool of the Spirit, and less about directing the water. If prayer is going to be satisfying, let alone inviting, it must provide revival and deliverance for the one immersed. It must be more like a homecoming than a going to work. But if I asked a room Continue Reading…

Christ’s Life Through Yours

Excerpted from Lifetime Guarantee. Are You Experiencing Christ’s Life Through You? What are you doing with His life during your earthwalk? Are you still trying to milk acceptance and self-esteem out of the world like lost people when you’ve already got both? Are you still employing the same old methods, such as trying to perform Continue Reading…

Hypnotized

For as long as I can remember my dad has boasted that he could hypnotize a chicken. Now why that would be something to be proud of? I’m not exactly sure, but he was! He would tell the story over and over again each time I brought home a new friend. He’d even tell it Continue Reading…

Grace Bridges

“It seems as if all my bridges have been burned, you say that’s exactly how this grace thing works.” These are lyrics found in the middle of one of my favorite new songs Roll Away Your Stone by Mumford and Sons. I have found these lyrics to ring true. I spend much of my day Continue Reading…