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    My heart belongs to Jesus

    Once upon a time I would say that I was spiritual rather than religious. I did that because my Christianity was more focused on a personal relationship with God as opposed to religious rules and rituals. I have been pursuing God from a space of grace rather than legalism. I wanted others to know that I wasn’t one of those judgmental old fuddy duddies. I wasn’t going to shove Jesus down their throat and count the ways they were going to Hell. I needed them to know that I was one of the good guys. However, when I notice people stating they are spiritual instead of Christian, I now hesitate.…

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    Love in Shades of Blue

    Over the past few years, I have really been learning about grace vs legalism. During this journey of learning, God is showing me so many distorted beliefs that were hindering my relationship with him. As most of you know, I have C-PTSD and often battle depression and anxiety. I was told for years by many well-meaning Christians that my struggles weren’t very Christ-like. They told me I needed to believe more, pray more, read my bible more and I would be healed of this burden. It’s only been in the past year or so that I have come to accept “the thorn in my flesh”, rather than relentlessly trying to…

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    Clear The Way

    Is 40:3  A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare     the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert     a highway for our God. This scripture is the prophecy of Jesus. Jesus commissioned us to continue his work. We could consider the current state of our world a spiritual wilderness. It is up to the body of Christ to prepare the way for the Lord in the wilderness. We are in desperate times where the presence of God is needed as much as it was before the flood. Hosea 10:12 Sow righteousness for yourselves,     reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground;     for it…

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    Pharisee’s Delight

    Pharisee’s Delight A pharisee is committed to religion and restrictions. They thrive on no’s more than yeses. Don’t do this, don’t do that, don’t even think about the other, you are wrong, wrong, wrong! Their mindset causes division because at the heart of a Pharisee it is more about authority and control than about relationships. The greek word for Pharisee is Pharisaíos which means “the separate ones”.  God intended for the separate ones to be set apart from the world for his holy calling. However, they fell into deception and pride. They began thinking they were better than the “common ones”. Their righteous, piousness caused them to lose sight of…

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    Forbidden Fruit

    Forbidden fruit Genesis 3:1-6 We have all experienced deception and yet it is so easy to judge Eve for yielding to the lies of the enemy. She had an intimate relationship with God with a bounty provided for her and yet the enemy convinced her that what she had was not enough. The serpent led her to believe that SHE was not enough and needed further knowledge and power to be whole. Does this sound familiar?  God is a gentle God that moves in methodical, practical and deeply spiritual ways. This can often be unnerving and confusing to our finite minds. It can seem like God is not moving when…

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    O Little Town of Bethlehem

    Matthew 2:10When they saw the star they rejoiced exceedingly with joy. I believe there are a few reasons there was such great rejoicing overseeing that star leading to Jesus. When Jesus was born God had been silent for 400 years. The earth was in spiritual darkness from God pulling back his spirit due to sin. That star pointed to our savior. That was a sign to those waiting for God that he was once again among his people. That star was a sign that redemption was at hand and that God had not given up on us completely. God’s plan, his promise was unfolding. Bringing a promise of hope in…

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    A God of Rest

    Matthew 11:28-30New International Version28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” 1Kings 19 3 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 4 while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had…

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    Deep Waters

    Luke 5:4-114 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”’ The first directive Jesus gave to Peter was “put out into deep water”. The word deep in Greek is bathos, which means depth; deep water; met: fullness, immensity; an extreme degree; profundities, deep-laid plans. Jesus wanted Peter to go beyond the shallow end. Peter responded the way most of us do, he had already tried and it didn’t work but he was willing to try again because the Lord told him to. Jesus wanted to illustrate his authority to Peter through a symbolism that Peter understood…

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    The Glory of God

    2 Sam 6:4-8 I heard a podcast recently about the mistake of holding up the glory of God with our human strength. When the oxen stumbled carrying the ark of the covenant a man tried to prop it up and instantly died. God was angry because this man had not been cleansed and was interfering with the glory of God by reacting without direction. This led me to ponder a question. Have we as the church caused spiritual death by trying to prop up the glory of God through our human strength? The Spiritual church has become so dry and complacent. Luke warm and half in has become commonplace. So…