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Renaming Sin: This is a short one, so make sure to give it a read. You will not talk about pride, the great sin; you will call it “self-esteem,” “self-worth,” or what is “due to me.” You will not talk about gluttony and materialism; you will talk about “the good life.”

Doctrine Matters – Eternal Life Depends Upon It: Yup! Unfortunately there are many church’s who think doctrine is a dirty word, because all it does is divide us. However, sometimes it should.

The Spirit Was Really Moving: Yes! I have been wanting to write on this subject for a while, and still might. But this short little post makes the main point well.

Your Testimony Is Not The Gospel: I hear this spoken about all the time within the Christian community, but he is making an important distinction here. We tend to use the terms evangelism and witnessing interchangeably, but they are not synonymous. Any time I call attention to the person and work of Christ, I am bearing witness to Christ. But that is not the same thing as preaching the gospel.

Come Lord Jesus – Patriot Sail: This is a lovely song I was introduced to this week.

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“Here Are My Mother And Brothers”…


When my husband and I got married 11 years ago we were new Christians and very excited to get involved in our church. So we got baptised, became members and put our names in for our church to place us in a small group bible study.

We had never done anything like that before. Up until that point we had only been to large young adult groups, so we had no concept of what a small group would be like.

And when we showed up to a little apartment that was our new life group leaders home, it would be the beginning of a new era in our lives.

The group was, lets say…eclectic.

They had so many different personalities and unique interests. Everyone’s upbringings and backgrounds seemed completely foreign to us, and yet here we were, thrust into a room together in which we would meet weekly.

I would be lying if I said that I loved it immediately. Because I didn’t. This group of people were so outside of my comfort zone at the time, that my husband had to talk me into continuing.

My world had been narrow up until that point. And I had only involved people in my life who made me feel comfortable or who fit a criteria of likes that I could relate to. But now all that had changed. Now I was being forced to mingle with folks who didn’t fit the criteria. They were a bit… weird. As though, I myself, am not a total weirdo also.

How painfully self-centered I was feeling.

To this day I have conversations with people and this is the reason they don’t get involved in ministry. And boy can I relate! But now I see how much better off I am because I rub shoulders with people nothing like myself.

Our first life group would go on to teach me so many things. But the most important lesson by far was that the only thing that really should unite us is…Jesus.

He is the only commonality that matters.

Not matching hobbies. Nor similar stages of life. Or even comparable personalities.

All of us were sitting in the same room because Jesus had entered our lives and became our everything. And that one truth absolutely made us kindred. Indeed we were in fact family.

And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” ~ Matthew 12:49-50

And when tragedy struck our little group, our gospel-driven family ties proved tight. Sadly one of our beloved group members died suddenly in a car accident. And every last one of us dropped what we were doing, left work and showed up together in a hospital room to be with his wife when she woke up. Because she was (and is) family.

We had the wonderful privilege of being the safe circle where our now passed friend talked about his love for Jesus, right before he went on to meet Him. And we got to support his wife in her mourning.

This is what it’s all about! Growing in grace as a body of believers as we anticipate meeting our Saviour!

It is a blessing to walk in faith together.

Since then my husband and I have gone on to be apart of and lead many other bible studies. And all have been filled with a smattering of personalities and backgrounds. All of us adding color and texture to a great tapestry of faith. All of us rubbing against each other as iron sharpens iron. Testing and blessing one another. Learning and growing, shaping and shifting together while searching the Scriptures as one.

Because this is what family does.

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. ~ Romans 12:1013

As Christ-followers we meet together on Sunday mornings and at each others houses during the week because Jesus unites us. He made us brothers and sisters.

So if comfort-zones are keeping you from experiencing the fullness of Gods family – think about laying it aside. Get involved in the body of Christ.

Yes, we’re all a little weird. But that’s ok, it only means you’ll fit right it.

And we have the most important person in common anyway.

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Stop Pitting Security And Compassion Against Each Other: I have started and stopped writing about the current Syrian refugee crisis in America/Canada, because everyone is writing about it and I would probably just be adding to the racket. And also because I don’t trust my rhetoric on the subject at this point. But my instinct is to air on the side of quick compassion than cautious delay. However I like what Russell Moore says in this article.

On Being Matt Chandler’s Roommate: This is a great personal story about ministry jealousy. And I dare say, these days, this is a big one! My struggle, I have found, was not unique to me. Many pastors are comparing worship attendance, baptism numbers, budget size, and ministry “success” with their peers, and, in the process, they are missing the grace gifts the Lord is pouring in their laps day in and day out.

Samaritans Purse – Refugees Was Ashore In Greece: Get out the Kleenex and give this one a watch. It both makes me deeply burdened and yet filled with hope.

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Gracious God Of The Old Testament…


I’ve been reading through Genesis again and thought I would reblog this.

It’s not common we think of the Old Testament as tales of God’s mercy. We usually think of the OT God as the Holy and set apart version of Himself and the NT God as the gracious and merciful version of Himself. As though He changed. But He didn’t change because He never changes, so why did He seem so severe back then?

Lately I’ve been reading through Genesis and more than anything else I have been struck by how merciful God is to the first family.

It’s no secret that Adam and Eve’s family was pretty messed up. Eve of course fell for the lies of the serpent and took on the role as leader and ate from the forbidden tree, while Adam stood idly by ignoring his role to lead and protect his wife.

Sin entered the world and into their family. And boy did they feel the effects of it immediately. Their perfect life in Eden was no more. But God was still gracious even amongst the curse. Although the first humans rejected Him and the separation between them was now gaping, as they sat naked and ashamed, the Lord still provided them with the comfort and luxury of clothes.

Why would He do that? Surely they didn’t deserve His provision because they denied Him knowingly. Shouldn’t they of had to fend for themselves after causing such destruction?

Then Eve gave painful birth to Cain and Abel and the drama ensued. Cain’s jealousy for Abel’s favor with the Lord became so great that his anger got the best of him and he killed his brother. He did this all after the Lord lovingly warned him of his sin and its ferocious desire to consume him.

But Cain ignored God’s warning and committed murder. However after he was banished to be a wanderer, God protected Him by saying, “If anyone kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.”

Why would a Holy and Just God do this? Cain surely did not deserve the Lord’s mercy on his life, being capable of such a heinous act.

The truth is that God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is just as Holy now as He was back then. And He was just as gracious then as He is today.

And I am just as evil as Eve and Cain. And I should be banished as a naked wanderer too. As should you.

But His justice was made right in Christ and His graciousness continues on and on and on. The Lord withheld so much severity on this family, as He does to me. And you. In fact, the next time you are reaping what you have sown in the form of discipline, think of all the way’s you are being sustained by Christ.

Every meal you eat, bit of oxygen you breathe, piece of clothing you cover your body with is God’s graciousness being poured out on you.

And take heart, because He never changes. All through the ages…He remains same.

He is good.

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Let Me Direct You Elsewhere…


My thoughts and prayers are with France and Turkey and so many other places suffering terribly from war and attacks. These times urge me on to pray for Christ’s return again and again.

France: A Fabric Torn: This reads like a lament about the recent attacks and the state of the world. Read it and be drawn back to Christ.

We Are All Parisians Now: I like this very practical article on what the Christian response ought to be in the wake of the latest events. We need good reminders like this, not to let anger guide us.

Is Jesus Calling Good For Your Kids: On a separate note, this is a post written by my husband. He is a Children and Family Pastor and loves guiding families to great devotionals. There is a lot of wisdom here. Give it a read.

I Don’t Have “Just” One Child: As a mom of “just” two kids, I often feel less blessed or looked down by others. I don’t think people know how it sounds when they say, “You only have two kids?” But there are many variables to our smaller family for now. And I am slowly learning to have the same attitude about it that this lady has. But for me my new attitude is informed by knowing God is sovereign and has a purpose for all things. Even my little family.

Christian Mingle Inspector: Seems strange to put this among such serious world problems. But it is good to laugh at ourselves.

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If Richard Dawkins Is Right: Oh man, this is great. Read this hypothetical conversation between Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, assuming what Dawkins says about them is true.

The Wild Within – BC’s Rockies: Ya, I live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. And I can’t tell you how thankful I am for that!

The Friendly Beasts – Sufjan Stevens: Ok so I am what some may call a Christmas fanatic. Always have been, always will be. And much to some people’s chagrin I’ve pulled out the Christmas music. The decorations remain in storage for now. This is one of my kids favorite Christmas songs.

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Let Me Direct You Elsewhere…


Four Warning Signs Your Approaching Burnout: Pastors take heed! But this is certainly also for anyone else in a particularly stressful environment. I wish I knew about this list a couple of years ago. Every single one of them are true.

Let’s Be Clear About What Real Persecution Is: Although I don’t agree with everything he says here, I do agree with most. We are so deeply offended by little push-back because we’ve had it so good. But lets not kid ourselves, we don’t know what true persecution is…yet.

Parents You Cant Build Heaven Here: Ok, this one is convicting. Hold a penny close enough to your eye and it will obscure an entire building. Hold a child too close and she’ll obscure your view of heaven.

The Pizza Shop That Pays It Forward: Well this just gives ya the warm and fuzzy’s.

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