Category Archives: Very helpful

Life in the Desert, [Grace]

“Lord I crawled across the barrenness to you with my empty cup uncertain in asking any small drop of refreshment. If only I had known you better I’d have come running with a bucket.”  -Nancy Spiegelberg “Come, everyone who thirsts, come … Continue reading

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I’m Deeply Loved, [and Forgiven]

“My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it.” ― Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel This quote rings resoundly within this heart of mine. … Continue reading

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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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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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Sifted, Like Wheat, [Trial]

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat.  But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.” … Continue reading

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