Category Archives: pride

Feeding the Dogs, [Choosing Holiness]

There is a story of a Native American elder who once described his own inner struggles to understand the Bible and Christianity. “Inside of me there are two dogs. One is black, and the other is white. The black dog … Continue reading

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Bitter Water, [The Cross]

24 Then the people complained and turned against Moses. “What are we going to drink?” they demanded. 25 So Moses cried out to the Lord for help, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. Moses threw it into the water, and … Continue reading

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Just One More Dance [Scandalous Joy]

“14 And David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, and David was wearing a linen ephod.” 2 Samuel 6:13-15 When I start to dance, you had better head for higher ground!  I am without question the world’s worst and the … Continue reading

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My Pretend Jesus [Reality]

Question. Is the real you, touching the “real Jesus?” For some time now, I am asking myself this simple question. I’ve had some convicting  moments as I swirled this question around in my heart. There is no condemnation in this; … Continue reading

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Forgiven First

This evening I got tired of the TV. Or maybe tired of the control it emits over me. I picked up one of the many Bibles I have in my loft. I do think it is ‘funny/sinister’ of the real … Continue reading

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The Real Battle

Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed … Continue reading

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Deeply Hurt

A.W. Tozer seems to have gotten a hold on something here. Those who step forward into discipleship or ministry will inevitably be hurt in some significant way. I wouldn’t say it was a ‘given’, but it is the common path … Continue reading

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