Category Archives: calling

When Losers Are Loved

“Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.” 1 Corinthians 1:27, NLT God has particular preferences when … Continue reading

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The Urgency of This Moment

   “We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work.” John 9:4, NLT To be quick means that we move very fast; being slow … Continue reading

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Brokenness, Depression and Brennan Manning

I’ve put together a collection of quotes by my favorite author, Brennan Manning.  I have found that when he writes, he penetrates.  What he writes goes deep into the soul of this ex-junkie, loser, and mentally ill person—he tells me … Continue reading

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On Being Tied to the Mast

  “The heart is but a small vessel; and yet dragons and lions are there, and there poisonous creatures and all the treasures of wickedness; rough, uneven paths are there, and gaping chasms. There likewise is God, there are the angels, … Continue reading

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He Was at Home

“A few days later, when Jesus came back to Capernaum, the news spread that he was at home.”  Mark 2:1 You can’t hide the presence of Jesus.  There is a ‘built-in’ need for Him in the hearts of men and … Continue reading

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The Blue Letter Version

The ‘red letter’ Bible emphasizes the words of Jesus by making them red. But sometimes we can learn just as much by which words he didn’t say.  I would like to submit to you the ‘Blue Letter Version’ of things … Continue reading

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Brave and Full of Faith, [Reepicheep]

In the book Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis writes of Reepicheep. He is a mouse of exceptional courage and with a strong faith. People seem to always misunderstand a talking mouse especially one who dresses like a swashbuckler. He … Continue reading

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