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Are You Weak Enough For God To Use: I found this deeply encouraging and helpful. There aren’t many societies that praise weakness. Ours is no different. Whether you’re a pastor or a police officer, an on-the-go salesman or a stay-at-home mother, weakness is seen as a liability. Nobody wants to be weak. Strong is the name of the game.

The Most Important Thing My Parents Did: I think we can all agree that what he says here is true. Whether for good or bad, what spoke to us most from our parents is what they did when they didn’t know we were watching. When I tiptoed down the stairs in the morning, I would find my dad in the family room with his Bible open on his lap. Every time I picked up my mom’s old NIV Study Bible it was a little more wrecked than the time before.

This. Is. The. Day: What a great read this was. I think we could all use this reminder! It will do me no good to wish for another day. A different day. The day that someone else is having. This is the day that I’ve been given. This day, full of the mundane and the ordinary, full of the opportunity unexpected. This one, the one that’s beginning right now, is the day.

Ask Pastor John – Have You Exorcized A Demon? I found his story very interesting and I think it is a hefty reminder of Satan’s work and how it can sometimes manifest itself. I also appreciate his words of wisdom at the end.

Ask Pastor John – What Is Speaking In Tongues? I also really appreciate his answer and agree 100%. Although this is a hot-button topic, I thought I would share for conversation sake.

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Dear Christian: Stop Trying To Live A Balanced Life..

everything Balance, balance, balance. You hear it everywhere. Your doctor will say it. Your financial advisor will talk about it. That guy on TedTalks just spoke about it. And most certainly you have heard conversations about it at church or maybe even from the pulpit.

It is a prevalent message in the culture today and it has snuck into the Christian church under a disguise of life-application. We speak about it as though it is one of our greatest practical needs as people, to lead balanced lives.

And here’s how we are told to do that:

We need to work a lot but not too much. Spend time with friends, but not excessively. Have spiritual time at church and maybe pray daily, without becoming an extremist. Excercise 5 times a week but just enough to not feel bad about eating McDonald 3 times a week. Go on a couple family vacations a year, but not so often that you feel frivolous. Watch your favorite sports as much as humanly possible but…actually nevermind this one most people are ok with doing to the extreme.

It’s a balanced life. You have all the facets of what makes life enjoyable at play along with the responsible stuff that is necessary to make the enjoyable stuff possible. However the Christian life has very little to do with balancing everything perfectly.

Of course I understand the sentiment. It is a reaction to the reality of our time. We are working too much and families are suffering for it.

We can have way too much leisure/holiday time or none at all. People are either addicted to the gym or ignore physical activity all together. And sports have become such an important element to life, while church has become optional. Life can get away from us. Non-essentials start to out-weigh the important stuff. It’s a difficult time in history to keep everything in life straight and in its proper place.

But leading a biblically Christian life is different. So you don’t have to watch a TedTalks on 7 key ways to have a more balanced to life, to figure it out.

Being a Christian has everything to do with having our faith drive every single thing we do. If we see ourselves as Christ imitators above everything else…If we consider the great commission every morning as we prepare for the day…If we meditate on the kingdom of God and how the Lord desires to use us…then Jesus goes with us everywhere we go.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. ~ Matthew 6:33

Jesus at work, Jesus on vacation, Jesus with friends, Jesus at the gym, Jesus in parenting, Jesus at the drive through, Jesus watching the game.

What I am saying is that you ought to become a fanatic about your faith to have everything become so-called balanced. The things that are unbalanced, by God’s grace will be made very aware to you. And it will be easy to correct as you allow Christ to be your guide.

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you. ~ 1 Cor 11:1-2

Your faith is the stream that pours in and through every area of your life. It is the thing that drives how you interact with the world around you. And your faith should be informed by the study of the Word of God and the filling of the Spirit.

Trust me, I am not trying to make an overly simplistic Carrie Underwood “Jesus take the wheel” Christianized point.  Because doing this is no easy task. You may not be liked by everyone at work because you have convictions on its place in your life. You will no longer feel tempted to laugh at all your friends crass jokes and they may wonder why. You’ll feel the pull of that play-off game tugging at your affection above your desire to worship Christ and conviction will be inevitable.

It’s hard making much of Him and less of your own desires. But this is good news. Because when trials creep in, you’ll already have Christ in charge. You wont have to re-orient your life to include Him when it is most difficult to do so.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6

This verse is one we hear often but don’t really listen to. No, Proverbs are not promises, but they are important principles. They are rich pieces of wisdom we ought to take very seriously. Think about this verse. Meditate on it. Let it grow roots in your soul. It is a truth we need desperately.

Stop trying to live a balanced life and let your faith in Jesus over-power everything and then watch Christ make your path straight.

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Let Me Direct You Elsewhere…

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Strong Testimony, Weak Argument: Lets not be so defensive about sticky topics. So since Spring is just around the corner, and we are probably just all getting warmed up for the next big warm weather modesty fight, I’d like to suggest that we listen to each other as though we are listening to testimony. Listen and be blessed by the fact that the Holy Spirit meets us all where we are.

College Students Live With Seniors For Free: This is a brilliant idea! The university students pay no rent and in exchange spend at least 30 hours a month with some of the 160 elderly who live here, doing the things professional staff cannot always do — such as just hanging out.

God Is Not Dead 2 (the manuscript): If you’re kind of cynical and sarcastic, you will love this as much as I did. But if you really love God Is Not Dead and other Christian movies, you might not find it so amusing.

Believe – Mumford & Sons: Welp it took me about two weeks to loosen up to the idea that my favorite folksy band had gone big-band on me. I remember having the same feelings when Coldplay made the leap. But I’m over it now (I will put my purest ways in the corner for now) and I have embraced it. I even like the song now. But, I’m not sure how I feel about their latest release the wolf yet…so don’t ask me. Here is Believe.

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What’s Going On Over Here…

10403181_10155409887380252_1988797061273534676_nLot’s of newness is going on over here and so I thought I would share about it.

We just finished two blissfully wonderful weeks of Spring Break and it was so great to have my boy home with us. One of those weeks my husband was off work and it made for a particularly lovely time. We got to gallavant around freely with nothing pulling our attention or time elsewhere. Resting was so much more possible for that reason. And what made our time even sweeter was being able to sit together as a family during Good Friday and Easter services! What a treat that was to celebrate our risen Saviour with all of us together.

Now my boy is back to school and I am happy to say he had a great first day. Which is a huge relief for this mama.

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And today was also the first day of my husband starting at a new church as the Children’s and Family Pastor. We have been awaiting this transition for a couple of months and we are so glad to finally be here.

It is bitter/sweet leaving one church for another. We miss those we leave behind but we are so excited for the future in our new church. Already the feelings of home are strong. Our church loves the Word of God and truly cares for people and its a beautiful thing to behold.

When the Lord calls you to move on in a new direction, you go, because He knows what He is doing. And in this case, yet again, His way was right.

So we find ourselves in a place of new faces, as we did just two years ago, once more. There will be different experiences to be had and challenges to encounter. But I look forward to seeing how the Lord moves in ways only He can do.

However although the church is new to us, our mission is the same. We want to be faithful ministers of the Good News. We want to teach the many truths of Christ with joy, love and urgency and scatter the seeds of salvation to young souls. And then we want to stand back and let the Lord give the growth in whatever way He wills. Our goals are unchanged.

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 3:14

We count it a blessing to be where we are and it is a joy to serve the Creator of all things.

And that is the latest…for now.

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The Fullness Of Salvation Has Come To Us…

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We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. ~ Romans 6:4

Happy Easter Sunday! We are free because He rose again!

Our Lord has risen, and therefore we shall rise in the day of his appearing. The Breaker leads the way, and behind the mighty champion the whole company of his redeemed pass through the portals of the tomb in the power of his resurrection. The stone is rolled away for them as well as for him. They cannot be holden of the bonds of death, for he could not be detained a captive. What a glory there is in our Lord’s resurrection, when we further remember that he ever liveth to make intercession for us, and, therefore, he is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him! The fullness of salvation comes to us because he has risen from the dead, and is now making intercession for the transgressors. O brethren, the resurrection of Jesus is bright as the sun with glory! Faith in it thrills our hearts. Well might each line of our hymn end with a Hallelujah.

~Charles Spurgeon

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Man’s Maker Was Made Man…

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Man’s maker was made man,
that He, Ruler of the stars, might nurse at His mother’s breast;
that the Bread might hunger,
the Fountain thirst,
the Light sleep,
the Way be tired on its journey;
that the Truth might be accused of false witness,
the Teacher be beaten with whips,
the Foundation be suspended on wood;
that Strength might grow weak;
that the Healer might be wounded;
that Life might die.

~ Augustine

May today make your soul weep with gratitude and your spirit long for Sunday.

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Let Me Direct You Elsewhere…

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Are You A Mean Church?: I know this exists in the church from my own past expereineces and what I have heard over the years. If your a church leader, read this.

Obstacles To Evangelism In The Church: This is an interesting list that is good for church leaders to know as well as lay-people. Ever thought about what might be keeping you from evangelism? Maybe you can relate to some of these reasons.

All Glory Be To Christ – Kings Kaleidoscope: This song would probably be enjoyed that much more during the New Years celebration, but its still good now.

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