Four Graces That Have Carried Me

The sweet smell of pine surrounds me all the way down the lane to the mailbox. The fresh scent is heavier than usual. We had an early morning shower that cooled things down a bit and the clouds are just now giving way to a beaming sun that is baking the pine-needle-carpet, running along both sides of the lane, into an even darker golden brown. I stop to take a deep breath and to worship the Father who is kind enough to provide this moment—this quiet bit of respite and beauty.

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Are You Experiencing the Abundant Life?

The abundant life that Jesus promised seems far from reality some days. In contrast to the thief’s destructive ways, an abundant life is filled with hope and promise—two things that were in short supply for me in my mid-twenties. Instead of experiencing abundant peace and joy, what I most often found myself doing in those days, was boiling over in anger. Thankfully, God has a rescue plan!

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The Wondrous One who Redeems Prostitutes!

As we’ve been celebrating Advent Season together on the blog, I hope it’s provided context for some of what God was doing long before the Christ child arrived in the manger. God’s rescue operation started long before the Bethlehem event, it started in Genesis 3.

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Getting a Perspective for Honest Praying

I like to start my morning with The Valley of Vision: a collection of puritan prayers and devotions. This little jewel was a gift from a dear friend several years ago and is a valuable tool for prayer instruction. It’s helpful to me because of the Puritans’ candid perspective on sin. They lived with a vivid awareness that sin breaks fellowship with God. Their prayers are filled with honest...

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Experiencing True Friendship With God

Read these words slowly: “You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends . . .” (John 15:14–15) That is Jesus talking. Every time I hear this it does something to me. Friend. He calls me “friend.” The Greek word used here is: phílos – a friend; someone dearly...

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