Monthly Archives: July 2013

Risky Faith

  Has God called you to do something risky? Something you don’t think you can do? Something you’re afraid to do?   God calls us to take risks. All the time. There’s no escaping it. I’m talking about risks like: The risk of faith; to tackle things beyond our abilities. Always scary. The risk of being judged; to share things about ourselves that are outside our comfort zone–things that may cause others to judge us. Really uncomfortable. The risk of rejection; to be who we are–fully–in a public arena. Terrifying. Now, I’d love to say that I take it all in stride. I’d like to boast about riding the faith wave all the way onto the beach of victory, but alas, I cannot! Because the truth is, my first response isn”t “Yes!” or even … Continue reading

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Hope Is For Everyone

John 14:1-3 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” How our hearts long for the day when we will meet our Redeemer and feast in that heavenly house with our beloved King. That blessed day when He will gather us up together to be united with Him and each other forever in sweet fellowship and freedom from the evil that poisons this fallen world. Jesus’s words soothe … Continue reading

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How Much Hope Does Your Jesus Offer?

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure . . . ” Hebrews 6:19 ******* Doesn’t it seem that every time you turn on the TV some catastrophe or another writhes across the screen? “Bangladesh: Cheap clothes lead to danger and tragedy”¹ “Southwest Florida children sold as sex slaves”² “Loss of 19 firefighters in Arizona blaze ‘unbearable,’ governor says”³ Tragedy gives way to heartbreak. Pain washes across the TV screen and spills into our hearts, leaving us heavy. So heavy. And with each new wave of “breaking news” we groan for the relief and redemption* that Jesus will bring when He returns to: Eradicate evil. End the suffering of the innocent. Redeem and restore His creation. Reward the righteous. Rule as a Righteous Judge, a Gentle Shepherd, … Continue reading

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