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Second Beatitude

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 Jesus addresses those who have come to a certain awareness; they are ” the people who mourn”.  The second half of the promise for that is presented in future tense; “they will be comforted.”  It’s very important to notice the first half, “the mourning”, as a continual process until the return of Christ. We have to acknowledge that even though the reign of…

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How does one live by the indwelling Life of Christ?

Our metamorphosis into glory happens by an initial, yet progressively ongoing “revealing of Christ.” Essentially becoming who we already are, by deeply identifying with Christ– we all together see Him and all together bear His image…expressing Him over all the earth, and even in the heavenly realms. 2 Cor. 3:18 “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord,…

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Set Me Free – Lyrics

I was listening to Casting Crowns’ Song “Set Me Free”  the other day and these lyrics stuck out to me and just gave me chills! Morning breaks another day Finds me crying in the rain All alone with my demons I am Who is this man that comes my way? The dark ones shriek They scream His name Is this the One they say will set the captives free? Jesus, rescue me How does those…

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My Favorite Shirt is old and smelly but its comfortable

What is your favorite t-shirt? I like to ask customers that when they come in. I get alot of different answers some of them are even interesting. For some people their favorite shirt reminds them of their favorite concert or church retreat. For others it’s the most comfortable shirt they own or it belonged to someone they loved and was passed onto them. They say they can remember the smell that goes with it and…

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How to Pray the Scriptures

How to Pray the Scriptures – (not a method… but a rough guide to make your own with Christ.)     Col. 3:16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.       Motive: we want to fellowship with Christ, using the scriptures, for the purpose of…

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Today

Today is a day in which Christ will be expressed through little acts of love, by many of His children, who know Him as Life. Today is a day where I can let go of what I need and just meet the needs of others (wherever they are at). Today is a day where I find my own needs met by Christ. (despite me forsaking my own needs to help others) Today is a day…

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The Gospel

The following is the gospel presented in a creative way, that you may only be so familiar with. Most of us know the gospel as “Jesus died for our sins.” But this is the good news telling us of this Jesus, who died for our sins, who He really is according to the scriptures. (Hint, He’s not just some small Galilean man, nor never really was.) I have two conversation type questions which I’ll state…

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How to Walk by the Spirit, or How to Really, Actually, Live by the Indwelling Life of Christ

There are many entry points into the subject of learning to walk by the Spirit.  A few of the more common ones are as follows : Some arrive out of sheer curiosity or upbringing.  The subject is presented to them in writing or teaching, and they respond accordingly.  Others, “burn out” of the Christian life, they try very hard to do and please God in various ways with little results, and eventually they hear an…

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C.S. Lewis style post on Job

  C.S. Lewis style post on Job The following is a blog post written in the style of C.S. Lewis.  Not that I actually equate my own writing on par with his, rather suffice it to say, that C.S. Lewis often took the scenic route at arriving at his conclusions, and also, what child doesn’t like to play pretend ?  (Another thought, you could just skip this post and pick up Lewis’  ‘The Problem of Pain’  for…

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Christ is like creation

Christ is like creation… The following is a more poetic post, with theological implications, the main one being that there is more to Christ than we currently think. Christ is like a river. We can enter into His presence, get on our knees and feel the flow of life, be refreshed by His grace, play in the water, go for a brief swim in His Love. Christ is like a lake. We can swim in…

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Livin Free

This week shirt is named “Livin Free”. Based off of John 8:32, “and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”As I was reading the title of this week’s shirt another verse popped in my head. “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin” Romans 6:6 I find that…

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He will cover you with his feathers…

What a horrific way to end a week.  Hearing about the news up in CT, and also, hearing about the stabbings of the little children on the same day in China. I continue to remind and tell myself when I find I’m in amazement of the horrible things happening that this place is broken.  I severally need my Lord to be there for me, to be my refuge and my shield.  I have to remind…

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Christmas in Spanish

I’ve submitted a couple of posts up to now, with the idea that we are celebrating the advent of Christ’s birth and incarnation.  This post is not focusing on the incarnation, but here’s  a quick word on that: There is much to say about the incarnation, how Christ gave full expression to what God is truly like, as well as what a human is supposed to be like . We get good indication of how…

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Celebrating Christmas in light of Christ and Zecharaiah

The following is a prayer/paraphrase taking inspiration from Zechariah’s song, celebrating  John the Baptist’s and Jesus’ upcoming births.  Since we are in such a time as this, know that other brothers and sisters in the Lord are reading and singing and deepening in one heart, centering around celebrating Jesus. “May our affections and delight be towards the Triune God, who has come in Jesus, making people from any and all walks of life, significantly more…

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The “No Big Deal” of the Kingdom

When Christ described the Kingdom He often used – little things over big things. Jesus said the Kingdom is like seeds. People in little acts of love, whether in word or deed, that actually prove ineffective 3 out of 4 times. (Mt. 13) Instead of comparing the Kingdom to the redwood-esque Cedars of Lebanon (mentioned in the Psalms and Is. 2) Jesus said the Kingdom was like a mustard seed and tree. Historically/culturally speaking, a…

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God is talking to us in several ways….

So I wanted to share how God communicated with me last night.  I’ve been sort of in a rut and locked up on gaming and not really following or reading the Word lately.  At church we are going through Matthew and recently just covered the parable of the sower, Matthew 13 1:9, and I realized that I am sometimes the seeds thrown on the rocks and not in the fertile soil.  I can grow very…

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The First One

Hi everyone, this is my first post and I am excited to able to write this. Brandon and I have been talking about this website for over a year, but it’s been a constant idea in my head for a long time. The Lord made a lot of stuff happen so I would be motivated to do this. He even moved Brandon’s entire company far, far away so he would have to come back to…

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