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Fear: The Reason to be Fearless

Fearless in God's hand

When we keep listening attentively to the voice calling us the Beloved, it becomes possible to live our brokenness, not as a confirmation of our fear that we are worthless, but as an opportunity to purify and deepen the blessing that rests upon us…This explains why true joy can be experienced in the midst of […]

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Breaking Free from Shame

Why do we feel so much shame?

  Christianity is a religion of shame.   Agree or disagree? Come on, be honest. No one has to know what you really think. From the outside most people believe Christianity is an elaborate system of rules, rewards, and harsh punishments for keeping people in line. Most Christians believe it too. I sit over coffee […]

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Counter Terror Operation: Courageous Love

courageous hospitality

Counter Terror Strategy # 1: Counter terror by risking love. I heard a radio interview with a young woman who arrived at the outer door of her apartment building in Paris just as shots were fired by terrorists nearby. She had just slipped inside when a terrified crowd of strangers began pounding on her door. Frantically, […]

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How to Resist Terror

Corrie Ten Boom Quote

The Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7   We cannot let terror win by playing by the rules it sets. Fear is gaining ground in the world. It seems to be infecting more and more hearts like an insidious disease. Senseless acts of violence perpetrated […]

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Who is My Neighbor?

Who is my neighbor?

Too Much Bible Study? I am beginning to think that some Christians spend too much time studying the Bible. Please don’t stop reading at this point. Puzzling People People watching is one of my favorite hobbies. Some people intrigue me. Others puzzle me. My people, people who are part of my American Christian tribe sometimes […]

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Negotiating with a Tight-Fisted God: When God Holds Out On You

Negotiating with a Tight Fisted God

Seeing God through the lens of bad circumstances Last week I posted about viewing God as an open-handed God. This week I am thinking about the consequences of holding the contrasting view. Many people, even Christians, go through life negotiating with a tight-fisted God. “If I’m good, will you, God, agree to fix that painful part of my life?” Without even […]

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