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Month: September 2010

All You Need Is God

All You Need Is God

  I recently read an interview with a retiring bishop. He was asked what he would like to be remembered by. He said that it’s not important that he would be remembered. But he hopes people would remember that God is good. Amen to that! It’s not really about us, it’s about God! Because God is good – all the time! God is all mercy and grace—       not quick to anger, is rich in love. God is good to one…

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Let’s Not Waste Our Lives!

Let’s Not Waste Our Lives!

I posted this Eugene H. Peterson quote yesterday on the Flowing Faith Facebook page and have not been able to forget it ever since: “What a waste it would be to take these short, precious, eternity-charged years that we are given and squander them in cocktail chatter when we can be, like Jeremiah, vehemently human and passionate with God.” I think all human beings are afraid of wasting their lives. We crave for meaning and purpose for our lives. It’d…

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Healing Begins

Healing Begins

It’s Melodic Monday! Today’s song is Healing Begins by Tenth Avenue North. The first video is a video journal by lead singer Mike Donohey & the second video is the actual song. We all need healing, we all need saving. The healing begins at Jesus’ feet. Let’s meet there! So you thought you had to keep this upAll the work that you doSo we think that you’re goodAnd you can’t believe it’s not enoughAll the walls you built upAre just…

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Be Yourself! & Other Stuff God Has Been Teaching Me

Be Yourself! & Other Stuff God Has Been Teaching Me

I had a perfect plan what I was going to write about today. But God had other plans. It all started yesterday when I felt God telling me “Be yourself, Mari-Anna! Be boldly yourself!” That felt good but I didn’t know what I was supposed to do/think about it. Last night I had this strangest dream. I was meeting with an agent at a pre-conference event and the discussion was going well. I was almost having a deal when my…

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Beauty in Brokenness?

Beauty in Brokenness?

Have you ever been so broken, shattered into zillion little pieces, that you were sure there was no hope for you? Or are you heart-broken right now? There’s good news for broken people! In Jesus all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies! There’s hope because of Jesus’ blood that poured down from the cross! He [Jesus] was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the…

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Your Grace Still Amazes Me

Your Grace Still Amazes Me

It’s Melodic Monday! Today’s song is Your Grace Still Amazes Me by Phillips, Craig & Dean. This song captures so well the awe I feel in the presence of God. There is no way we can repay to God what he has done and is doing for us. But we can love and praise God. Join me and Phillips, Craig & Dean to praise God and live our lives in awe of God and his amazing grace!My faithful Father, enduring…

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Christianity Is Not About Being Good & Doing Good

Christianity Is Not About Being Good & Doing Good

Christianity is not about being good & doing good like too many people, even Christians, think. How did this happen? How did we end up to this? What has happened in churches if young Christians don’t know what Christianity is all about. Do you know? This CNN article talks about how more teens are embracing “moralistic therapeutic deism” meaning it’s watered-down faith that portrays God as a “divine therapist” whose chief goal is to boost people’s self-esteem. I’d say that…

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Win a Graceful Message in a Bottle!

Win a Graceful Message in a Bottle!

Have you ever wished you could get a message in a bottle? Now you have a chance to enter a contest to win a graceful message in a bottle delivered to your mailbox all the way from Finland! The angel in the picture above is holding the bottle until the winner will be selected. The bottle will be mailed without a box and it will arrive to the winner’s mail box anywhere in the world. This contest is celebrating the…

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Set the World on Fire

Set the World on Fire

It’s Melodic Monday! Today’s song is Set the World on Fire by Britt Nicole. I chose this song to start out the work week right. Let’s pray together that God will take our dreams and give them wings! I wanna set the world on fireUntil it’s burning bright for youIt’s everything that I desireCan I be the one you use? I, I am small but You, you are big enoughI, I am weak butYou, you are strong enoughTo take my…

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Put Your Faith in Practice!

Put Your Faith in Practice!

“Remove Christ from the Scriptures and there is nothing left”, states Martin Luther. That is so true. Without Christ there would not be a way back to God. Without Christ there would not be life and more life to come. Without Christ we would be lost. That’s why I agree wholeheartedly with Paul writing:  For my part, I am going to boast about nothing but the Cross of our Master, Jesus Christ. Because of that Cross, I have been crucified…

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