Category Archives: kingdom of God

What Are the Treasures of the Church?

An Archbishop was given an ultimatum by the Huns who surrounded his cathedral. “You have 24 hours to bring your wealth to these steps”, the war-leader declared. The next morning the Archbishop came out leading the poor, the blind, the lame, and … Continue reading

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Some Things Must Be ‘Prayed In’ [Intercession]

16 “I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love … Continue reading

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Psalm 23, Understood

Psalm 23, an annotated version: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.– That’s relationship 2     He makes me lie down in green pastures.– That’s rest He leads me beside still waters.– That’s  refreshment 3     He restores my soul.– That’s healing … Continue reading

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An Eternity With God, [Get Ready]

18″ So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last … Continue reading

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The Real Treasures, [Weaknesses]

As Christians often our theology tells us that mental illness, depression, and bipolar disorder have no place in the believer’s life.  So we hide, sneaking into our sessions with our therapists, and change the subject to minimize our exposure to … Continue reading

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Tough Love: The Ragamuffin Gospel, An Excerpt

The Ragamuffin Gospel  by Brennan Manning Tough love is a love that won’t let go. Sometimes, it has to be ‘velvet on an iron fist’. It is caring enough not to be manipulated or controlled. The truth must be spoken— … Continue reading

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Having a Resurrected Heart, [Brand New]

“You have been raised to life with Christ. Now set your heart on what is in heaven, where Christ rules at God’s right side.” Colossians 3:1, CEV Paul’s explanation is given that is meant to clarify things for us.  Perhaps … Continue reading

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