Category Archives: transparency

Release the Perfume! [Glory]

“Your love delights me, my treasure, my bride. Your love is better than wine, your perfume more fragrant than spices.” Song of Solomon 4:10 “When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster … Continue reading

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Intensely Loved, but Definitely Broken, [Reality]

For everyone who loves Jesus, but yet has had an experience of terrible loss, sickness or the death of a loved one…this post is meant for you. I am evangelical, a former pastor, and a Bible college instructor. I also have bipolar depression, and a … Continue reading

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Do Not Judge Too Hard, [For All Have Sinned]

“Pray don’t find fault with the man who limps Or stumbles along the road Unless you have worn the shoes that hurt Or struggled beneath his load There may be tacks in his shoes that hurt, Though hidden away from … Continue reading

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One Strange Trip, [Honesty]

“I’m sure about this: the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6, CEB I was ‘saved’ in my early twenties.  With that salvation came a … Continue reading

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Choosing to Walk With the Broken

It seems the world is divided into two groups. Those all together, happy, healthy, and reasonably sane and ‘self actualized’. Those with significant issues, have hang-ups, and who are lesser sane. We gravitate toward success. Even in a spiritual sense … Continue reading

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The Fellowship of This Misery

“In one of the villages, Jesus met a man with an advanced case of leprosy. When the man saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground, begging to be healed. “Lord,” he said, “if you are willing, you … Continue reading

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When Despair Empties You

“It is through much tribulation that we enter the kingdom of Heaven.”   The Apostle Paul As a broken believer this happens. I breakdown, my faith is questioned, and I feel all alone. Issues like a simple hot shower and … Continue reading

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