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Constant Renewal through Fellowship with God?

Constant Renewal through Fellowship with God?

“While others still slept, He [Jesus] went away to pray and to renew His strength in communion with His Father. He had need of this, otherwise He would not have been ready for the new day. The holy work of delivering souls demands constant renewal through fellowship with God.” (Andrew Murray) If Jesus needed constant renewal there is no way we could do without it! In some ways I think constant renewal through fellowship with God is truly what living…

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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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Come As You Are!

Come As You Are!

One of the most amazing things about Jesus is that he invites everybody to come to him. Everybody. And as we are. We don’t need to wash our hands and get our act together before approaching Jesus. The most important thing is to run into the arms of Jesus as he is calling us: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to…

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Experience-Rich but Reflection-Poor?

Experience-Rich but Reflection-Poor?

I heard the expression “experience-rich but reflection-poor” used about this generation at the conference I attended this week. Are you one of these people? Have you experienced all the thrills, bells, and whistles this time can offer and been left empty, used, and shallow? You are not alone. We are so easily distracted by everything that is going on. But there really is such a thing that too much of good things. It does not pay off to do everything,…

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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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How to Deal with Dirt in Life?

How to Deal with Dirt in Life?

Life is sometimes really yucky. Sometimes it feels that all we do is shoveling dirt. How to conquer the mount of dirt in our lives? How to respond to all the dirt thrown our way? One thing is sure. If we store inside of us all the accusations or wrong doings we’ve experienced  we will burst or, at least, feel yucky. We need to learn to deal with the dirt in our lives. Otherwise we will drown in it. My…

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The Living Stone – The Source of Life

The Living Stone – The Source of Life

What are your biggest fears? We might   fear   losing our home, losing our job or losing people that we love. But we are not to build our lives around our houses, jobs nor people! We are to build our lives around Jesus Christ our Lord. Then we will never be sorry. When Jesus Christ is our cornerstone of our lives we are never homeless, we are never jobless, we are never alone even if in “real” life we were. We…

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Whenever You Find Tears in Your Eyes

Whenever You Find Tears in Your Eyes

“Whenever you find tears in your eyes, especially unexpected tears, it is well to pay the closest attention. They are not only telling you something about the secret of who you are, but more often than not God is speaking to you through them of the mystery of where you have come from and where…you should go next.” (Frederick Buechner) This is the quote of the week for me. I keep reading and re-reading it. Tasting the words, reflecting on…

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Driving Around with Grace

Driving Around with Grace

When I moved to Minnesota to teach at Concordia College, Moorhead I purchased a shiny white car that I dubbed Grace. I felt it would be wonderful to drive around with Grace because grace was the best thing I knew. I heartily agreed with John the Baptist testifying “From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.“(John 1:16-17, NIV). Grace enabled…

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