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moving heaven and earth

“…grace means God’s love in action towards men who merited the opposite of love. Grace means God moving heaven and earth to save sinners who could not lift a finger to save themselves…drawing us sinners closer and closer to Himself…Grace … Continue reading

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Is a different set of circumstances the answer?

“The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances.” Elisabeth Elliot wasn’t just fiddling with phrases hoping to create quotable sentences. She was combining for us words from our Lord. Words that redirect our faulty … Continue reading

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clear vision in a dark valley

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…” Psalm 23:4 “Lord, you have brought us to the valley of vision, where we live in the depths but see you in the heights; hemmed in by mountains … Continue reading

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Does God know what you need Him to withhold?

The sentence is there, tucked into Ryle’s explanation of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. It’s a short sentence. But the statement comes to mind when I’m in a conversation with someone who yearns for beautiful earthly goods, or when a … Continue reading

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Why don’t they have toes?

“Why don’t they have toes, mommy?” “Because they’re mannequins, honey. They aren’t real.” “They look real. Do they hide their funny feet under their shoes?” “Yes, honey, something like that.” “Or masks. They could use masks. Lots of people hide … Continue reading

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carrying home the water of grace

Enigma. Mystery. Puzzles and conundrums. Scripture is full of what we interpret as paradox. We, fallen, with finite minds, are unable to grasp God’s ways apart from the Spirit’s illumination. We are but dust, after all. And so when God … Continue reading

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dissolved by His goodness

Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song, The joy of my heart and the boast of my tongue; Thy free grace alone, from the first to the last, Hath won my affections and bound my soul fast. … Continue reading

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pre-schooler choices, grown-up lessons and blankets of love

My friend to her son: “Hey buddy, I’m so proud of you this morning! You’re being super sweet to your little brother. Thank you for being so kind and helpful!” His three-year-old answer: “I’m going to try really hard to … Continue reading

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Help for mommy (or daddy) guilt

We sat at her kitchen table, morning sunlight streaming in from the backyard, children creating Play-doh meals at the little table nearby. She and her husband were leaders in our church, and I remember sitting on the edge of my … Continue reading

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even to your old age

 “Even to your old age I am He, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.” (Isaiah 46: 4) “…when you were a strong young man, you … Continue reading

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Does it really matter how I talk? (part 3)

So how do I fight the deadly forms of unwholesome talk that proceed from my mouth? First, I remember that the talk that proceeds from my mouth flows out from what’s hidden inside. Whether I talk in ways that build … Continue reading

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Talking to myself vs. talking to God

Some years ago a friend moved to our town and brought with her a phrase I’d not heard before — she talked about “speaking the gospel” to herself. The phrase carried depth of meaning for her. For me, not having … Continue reading

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All that’s left is joy

“All the animals of the forest are mine, and I own the cattle on a thousand hills.  I know every bird on the mountains, and all the animals of the field are mine.” (Psalm 50:10-11) Trooper was in the kitchen trash … Continue reading

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Nothing comes from nothing?

Because there weren’t many movies kid-friendly enough for our young children’s eyes to see (and because I’d always loved it myself), our family used to watch The Sound of Music at least once a year  — and each time the … Continue reading

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