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THANKFUL THURSDAY: MORE PSALMS

Hello, HOPE-lovers and welcome to Thankful Thursday! Thanksgiving may have passed, but I believe that each day provides a new opportunity to grow in gratitude. Currently, we are being assaulted with materialism and the insatiable desire for more everywhere we look. So join me as we continue our encounter with thankfulness through the Psalms to discover and develop the practice of being …

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THANKFUL THURSDAY: ANOTHER 10 PSALMS

Hello, HOPE-lovers and welcome to Thankful Thursday! The day of Thanksgiving may have passed, but each day provides a new opportunity to grow in gratitude. So, let’s continue our encounter with thankfulness through the Psalms to discover and develop the practice of being thankful. No sooner than dinnertime on Thanksgiving Day were we assaulted with materialism and the insatiable desire for more. …

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New York…New LIFE

Before you start, see The Challenge of Change series. “You have to be willing to fail in order to truly succeed.” ~ Jon Gordon Preface: In my last post, “New York, New York!”, I shared about the recent Arnold adventure to NYC and how God used this experience to reveal and raid our cherished idols of safety, control, and comfort. Getting out …

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New York, New York!

Before you start, see my  Challenge of Change series. “We are not necessarily doubting that God will do ‘the best’ for us; we are wondering how painful ‘the best’ will turn out to be.” ~ C.S. Lewis Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been …

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Jesus Does Not Hate You: More of My Story (Philippians 3:7-11)

“There are five gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the Christian, and some will never read the first four.” ~ Gypsy Smith The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things …

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Who Let the Dogs Out? Chronicles of a Religious Busybody (More Philippians 3)

All dogs go to heaven…let’s hope not. Steer clear of the barking dogs, those religious busybodies, all bark and no bite. All they’re interested in is appearances—knife-happy circumcisers, I call them. The real believers are the ones the Spirit of God leads to work away at this ministry, filling the air with Christ’s praise as we do it. We couldn’t carry this …

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More Repentance: Where Is My Love?

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and …

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Pastors Gone Wild!

So I’m not positive that I should have these videos in the “Funny” section considering what is displayed here is very tragic (the last video is not really tragic, more funny)! Nonetheless, this NEEDS TO STOP!  No excuses, just plain wrong. Remember, you never judge a philosophy based upon it’s abuse.  The behaviors exhibited here are so contradictory to the …