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Our Search for Unconditional Love

Our Search for Unconditional Love

Christmas is the best time of year, some people say. Others think it is the worst time of year. It’s supposed to be all about family, friends, and love. And all this in harmony and bliss. These are all good things but often they can be a bit elusive. Especially the harmony and bliss part. Yet we search for them as our life depended on them. We want to have love at any cost. And that’s where we go wrong….

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Gratitude Blesses You

Gratitude Blesses You

What do you think? Is gratitude another chore on your to-do list or is it something that blesses you? It might feel it takes more than you have but once we learn to count our blessings, it starts giving instead of taking. I’ve learned that gratitude blesses you. And when we learn this, we can’t live without it. First of all, it teaches us to pay attention to our lives. How else could we find things to be grateful for,…

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Let Jesus Speak within You

Let Jesus Speak within You

My heart aches for religious people who know of Jesus but don’t truly know him. Religion doesn’t save us, only Jesus does. We are not called to rule-keeping, we are called to live by faith. For that we need Jesus. And he brings life upon life. So let Jesus speak within you. Let Jesus speak life into you. The sheep that are My own hear My voice and listen to Me; I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them…

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Finding Your True Identity

Finding Your True Identity

We spend a lot of our time and energy in trying to find out who we are and where we belong. Marketers want to influence us by showing us possible identities – and stuff that goes along with that image. We are told to make something of ourselves. So we try to be successful, to be something, anything, really. Yet, we might miss our true identity altogether if we pass God’s invitation to come to him. Henri Nouwen has said, ‘Jesus came to…

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News from Flowing Faith Blog

News from Flowing Faith Blog

My last speaking engagement for this spring was last Thursday and when I got into my car I spontaneously started singing a traditional summer hymn. The hymn usually marks the beginning of summer for us. Maybe I just turned off my brain or something because I forgot to blog last Friday. I’ve been blogging for years now and never before missed a post when scheduled. Interestingly, I did not even notice it until I started to write today’s post. Friends,…

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All You Need is God

All You Need is God

Few years ago I 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…

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