Is It All For Nothing? :: A Look At Matthew 7:21-23

 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Matthew 7:21-23 I never knew you? This passage makes me squirm a little. The idea that I could live my life (or think that […]

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Grateful Hearts Start with Humbled Hearts

This month, over at Do Not Depart, we are writing about having a renewed mind. More specifically, we are writing about submitting our minds to Jesus’ Lordship. Today I published a short and simple little post on being grateful because you are humbled. Here’s an excerpt: What is Gratitude? Gratitude. Simply put, it is the state of being grateful —  feeling or showing an appreciation for a benefit received. We can be grateful for all sorts of benefits, such as family, friends, home, health, career, car, and so on. But is there more? We should […]

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Be in the Bible More in 2017

Many of us make new year’s resolutions to be in the Bible more. Each year we are determined to do it. On January 1 we open our Bibles and start with a commitment to form a new habit that will last a lifetime. But then life happens and by the time February 1 rolls around (or we get to Leviticus, which ever is sooner) our determination has fizzled and we are discouraged with our lack of follow through. Does this sound familiar? Or is it just me? Anyway… We have two options when we realize we can’t […]

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What Child is This :: Cherishing Christ in the Carols

My all time favorite Christmas carol is Silent Night, but this year What Child is This is speaking to me deeply. I recently had the chance to write about the simple yet profound lyrics over at DoNotDepart.com. Here is an excerpt: This Child is the Word What Child is this? This is the Child who is also called the Word. This child, this Word was in the beginning, and this Word was with God, and this Word was God (John 1:1). This Child is the Word who took on flesh, who dwelt among us, and revealed His glory (John 1:14). […]

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Our Need for Fellowship and Our Key to Joy

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things […]

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Loving God Well in a World of Distractions

What Am I Supposed to Focus On? Not too long ago, I found myself sulking to the Lord. “I do a lot of things, God. I write, blog, paint, play the piano, mother, wife, cook, clean. But I do none of them well. What am I supposed to focus on?” And do you know what He whispered? “Love Me well.” That was it. Simple. Profound. Possible? Loving God well? Since that day those words have been lodged in my brain. Love Me well. Love Me well. But I can I do it? Can loving God well […]

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Encourage and Build Up Your HelloMornings Friends

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Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. (1 Thessalonians 5:11-13, emphasis added) Encourage and build up. Acknowledge those who work hard. Hold them in the highest regard in love. There are many people in each of our lives who God uses to […]

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Bible Study Made Super Simple

Bible study. What do you think of when you hear these words? Maybe you think of a book written to help you understand God’s word. Perhaps you think of a group of people meeting together to discuss God’s word. It could be that you picture a group of people with an additional book intending to talk about God’s word, but instead they wind up shooting the breeze for so long that they never actually end up talking about the Bible. (Yeah, it’s happened to me, too). There is nothing wrong with written Bible studies or […]

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Making friends is hard. Or is it just me?

Making friends is hard. Or is it just me? Several months ago, I had connected with a couple of women I had only considered acquaintances. Both women mentioned, on separate occasions, that they thought I already had several friends. One mentioned she wanted to “get her foot in the door” with my friend group. The other mentioned that she didn’t want to bother me. She thought I wouldn’t have time for her. I began to realize that making friends is hard and it’s not just me. The things is, I don’t have a large group […]

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The Root of My “Yes” Problem

I’ve done it again. I’ve done it again. I’ve given far more of my time than I have to give. I’ve said yes, not one too many times, but so many times that I don’t even want to count. I have a yes problem. So here I am again telling myself, “just get through this week. Then you can relax.” Followed by, “maybe I should tell the worship leader can’t help this week.” And then, “no, just get through this week. Then everything will be back to normal.” Normal!?! What is normal? I’ll tell you […]

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