Yielding to Pruning

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 | 1 Comment »

I’ve spent much time recently pondering the concept of pruning. As I’ve blogged about before, we know this can be a painful process, but sometimes I think we get so caught up in the pain we forget the purpose: growth and strength. » more »

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Growing Cold (Matt 24:12-13)

Monday, 6 January 2014 | 4 Comments »

20140106-130447.jpgI love bibles. Even though I tend to use my phone more often than an actual bible I still love having and holding the actual book. It makes me happy even to just see them. As a result I have various translations and study bibles all over the house. Today I picked up one that I used regularly in the early (and desperate) years of my marriage and as I read the notes I’d written in the margins I realized something, I have grown cold.

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Unity in the Body (1 Cor 3:9)

Friday, 2 August 2013 | 5 Comments »

Today my church got to sow into Haitians Helping Haitians, a ministry led by a dear friend from my previous church. This was our second time supporting HHH, and she was so blessed. Her response back gave me pause to ponder. Part of what she said was, “Your church understands what it means to be the church.” » more »

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Those Who Love, Wait (1 Cor 2:9, Is 64:4)

Saturday, 27 July 2013 | 3 Comments »

So much can be learned by seeing how Old Testament verses are quoted in the New Testament! I had an “ah ha” moment early this week that caused me to ponder on something I discovered when I dug a little further into 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NKJV), but first let me start with that verse: » more »

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Sharing on Prayer at PFT

Sunday, 13 January 2013 | 7 Comments »

Last night at Passion for Truth, I got the privilege of sharing on a favorite topic of mine – prayer!  My pastor Jim Staley started off the evening via video (including calling a corporate fast), followed by Michael Gregory (one of our deacons and prayer team leaders), then me (starting about 32.5 min in), and wrapping up with Cheryl Staley – my pastor’s wife who has a passion about prayer that is contagious. » more »

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Being Holy (1 Peter 1:14-16)

Friday, 7 December 2012 | 1 Comment »

As I was reading in 1 Peter the other day, a few verses jumped out at me. It has had me pondering NT quotes of the OT and how much we miss as believer because we don’t know the word and where the verses are that are being quoted. This scripture from 1 Peter 1:14-16 (NKJV) I believe is a good example:

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El Roi [the God Who Sees]

Sunday, 2 December 2012 | 3 Comments »

Since I got a strong word of exhortation on Friday, the Father has had me pondering one of His names: El Roi, which means the God Who Sees.  This comes from Genesis 16:13 where Hagar has run away from Sarai for being cruel (which you may remember I blogged on about this time last year). The Lord gives Hagar a word and part of her response is:

Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God who sees”… » more »

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What’s Required (Luke 12:48)

Wednesday, 8 August 2012 | 4 Comments »

Yesterday, I was sharing with a friend a story Rick Joyner shared in his book The Final Quest.  When I first read the book years ago, it touched me greatly. But the story that impacted me the most is one he shares near the end that helps rightly align our way of seeing things to how the Father sees. » more »

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Arguing (1 Peter 3:15)

Monday, 6 August 2012 | 1 Comment »

My heart is so burdened today about all the arguing going on within the body of Christ, and even with the world. John 13:35 ESV says

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. » more »

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Doing What Is Good (3 John 1:11)

Saturday, 4 August 2012 | 1 Comment »

Pondering 3 John 1:11 today, which in the HRV reads:

Beloved, do not follow what is evil, but what is good is of Eloah {God}, but he who does evil has not seen Eloah {God}.

The implications of this verse are pretty weighty.  Those who do what is evil have not seen God.  Basically, it seems that very quickly we can see if someone has “seen God” based on what they do… evil or good.  But let’s be sure we’re understanding.  » more »

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