Be Amazed by Grace

Today is a great day to discover what God wants to do with your fears. God wants to give you courage to overcome them, take them and turn them into strengths, use them to help you learn and embrace them as a way to reach out to someone it would be nearly impossible to reach if you were leading with your strengths. So grab hold of a fear today and give it to God. Then be amazed by grace that makes a real difference in the ways God knows you most...

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I’ve Got to Get Serious About Forgiveness Right Now

There are two certainties about today. First, I’m going to hurt someone. Second, I’m going to be hurt by someone. That’s why God makes the two sides of forgiveness absolutely essential: forgiving others and seeking forgiveness from others. If I can’t do both of these two thing successfully, I’m literally going to be poisoned by the pain, guilt, resentment and anger that resides within me. That’s not good for me, others or God. And it’s exactly why I’ve got to get serious about forgiveness right...

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What I Choose Really Does Matter

I will make hundreds of choices today. Many will be routine, some may be significant, and one could possibly even be life changing. But there’s one choice I literally make with every breath I take – whether I live with the understanding that God is real, loves me, has a purpose for my life and is at work in the world. In a world in which there’s a lot of talk about God – but life often churns along as if there is no God – what I choose really does...

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The God I’m Trying to Find Already Has Found Me

Sometimes I wonder where I can find God. When I look, I discover God in the stars at night. The beauty of waves crashing against the shore. The majesty of mathematics. The intricate beauty of music. Children as they laugh and play. A couple holding hands after 50 years of marriage. The face of a stranger. Moments of prayer. Singing God’s praises. Forgiveness. Reading scripture. And an infinite number of other places. The reason is simple. The God I’m trying to find already has found...

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A Sunday Prayer 4/22/18

Lord, I look at the world – and I look for hope. I look at people I know – and I look for hope. I look at me – and I look for hope. But I have a confession to make. I’m usually not nearly as interested in looking for hope as I am looking for things to work out the way I want. So I have a request to make. Do whatever it takes to help me know You’re the hope I’m looking for. Be honest with me. Be tough on me. Be persistent in spite of me. Until I truly experience the depth, breadth and wonder of Your hope. Hope that is grace so powerful – I can never get in its way. Hope that is forgiveness so wonderful – I am relieved of guilt imagined and avoided. Hope that is transformation so complete – I see, think, feel, believe and act in brand new ways. Hope that is a miracle so real – I am able to live Your hope by just being me. I pray this in the power of Jesus’ name –...

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