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Living as a Saint and a Sinner

Living as a Saint and a Sinner

Did you know there are beach pebbles that need water to stay white? If you take them away from beach they turn boring grey and they lose their whiteness? It is the same way with Christians. If we stay away from baptismal water and daily renewal we become grey, we lose our whiteness. I got an email yesterday from a new friend asking about “how does one saint not be also a sinner”. We all have experienced how difficult it…

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Don’t Accept Substitutes for Grace!

Don’t Accept Substitutes for Grace!

Are you a friend of grace or a stranger to grace? I don’t know anything more liberating, more exhilarating and more exuberant than God’s abundant grace. In grace the whole salvation story comes together and starts to bloom. Grace is so wonderful, amazing, powerful, wild but gentle that it tames me over and over again. It embraces me and woes me for God time after time. It surprises me, it encourages me, it corrects me, it renews me, it treats…

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There’s Nothing Wrong with God, the Wrong Is in You

There’s Nothing Wrong with God, the Wrong Is in You

It is very easy to see all the wrong in others. We try to blame anyone and everyone but ourselves. We even blame God to make ourselves feel a bit better. But it does not work in the long run. We don’t get any cleaner by taking mud baths.  Look! Listen! God’s arm is not amputated—he can still save.    God’s ears are not stopped up—he can still hear.There’s nothing wrong with God; the wrong is in you.    Your wrongheaded lives…

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Learning to Walk on the Water

Learning to Walk on the Water

There are times when my head takes over my heart. You see, I do trust God to be good. Yet sometimes I seem to be hesitant to instantly obey. I don’t want to delay my responses to God’s commands but sometimes it does happen. There are times when my head says “Wait a minute! Could this really be happening to me? Maybe I should take a pause and think about this before doing anything in haste. But “it’s impossible to…

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Leave the Land of Condemnation – Embrace the State of Grace

Leave the Land of Condemnation – Embrace the State of Grace

“Is your default mode toward others judgment or grace?” asked  Rick Warren on Twitter on the 28th of August, 2010. I’ve been contemplating it ever since. Have I fully embraced grace, been changed inside out and now truly reflecting God’s love and grace? That’s what I want. But it’s not always so easy. I wonder how I can truly love the people but hate the sin. Can I really love so completely that my disagreement won’t sneak in as a…

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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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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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Look at Your Life! Look Again!

Look at Your Life! Look Again!

Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”   This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. (Haggai 1:5-7, NIV) Doesn’t this sound just like the…

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In Need of little TLC?

In Need of little TLC?

Once in awhile we all need little TLC. Fortunately, God has specialized in giving us tender loving care. So, we are in good hands. God has promised to take care of us until the end of the world:Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and…

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Me – A Temple of The Holy Spirit?

Me – A Temple of The Holy Spirit?

Do you have some difficult faith topics that you push away from your mind as much as you can? I bet you do. I think we all do. One of my challenging faith concepts has long time been ‘our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit’. Not because I would not agree with the statement. But because it is humbling to think that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. THE HOLY SPIRIT!!! Or didn’t you realize that your body is a…

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