Category Archives: failure

A Finder’s Fee of Joy

“Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them!” (Luke 15:1) “If a man has a … Continue reading

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English Pigeons

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8 In April 2002, I was sitting in this cavernous waiting room at King’s Cross in London, England.  I was … Continue reading

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Afflictions That Heal Us

Today I especially wanted to share a message the David Wilkerson shared on his blog a few years ago.  It is probably one of the better messages I’ve read in quite awhile on the issue of pain and affliction in … 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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Living Tethered to the Cross

St. Francis of  Assisi once wrote, “The devil never rejoices more than when he robs a servant of God of the peace of God.” Sometimes I think I’ve made the devil dance far too many times. I confess that peace has … Continue reading

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Allowing Yourself to Be Weak

Warning: This post might step on some toes! Our society has pretty much embraced the American cultural icon of the cowboy.  We revere those who ride alone and hard. We are rugged individualists and hardened men making our own way.  Our … Continue reading

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Bone Tired Weariness

8 “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, … Continue reading

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