Category Archives: understanding

Devotions, [Eugene Peterson, Interview]

Interview with Eugene Peterson Why Can’t I Hear God? By Nancy Lovell The musical group U2’s Bono quotes Eugene Peterson from the stage. Readers of the best selling Bible, ‘The Message,’ find themselves holding onto lines from his ‘fog-slicing’ Bible … Continue reading

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The Difference the Holy Spirit Makes

I like this quote. The early Church was all of these things: Fearless, happy, and very much in trouble. Luke wrote of the nascent exploits of this group of people in the Book of Acts, and while some believers will … Continue reading

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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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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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Waiting Time is Never Wasted Time

“Wait for the Lord’s help. Be strong and brave, and wait for the Lord’s help.” Psalm 27:14, NCV Much of the Bible describes people’s interaction with God. Almost always they end up waiting for God to fulfill His promises to them.  They wait … 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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On Complete Surrender, by A.W. Tozer

“He that taketh not his cross . . . is not worthy of me.”   Matt. 10:38  by A.W. Tozer Many of the great evangelists who have touched the world for God, including such men as Jonathan Edwards and Charles … Continue reading

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