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this is why hurricane frenzy and a gas shortage mean there is hope for us all

By | article, Austin, God, lessons in life, love | No Comments

In the last few weeks, Texas has been an interesting/encouraging/challenging place to live. The drama started with Hurricane Harvey. We all ran to our grocery stores and bought water and bread just in case. My own city of Cedar Park, well above sea level and far from the gulf coast, issued a “you may have to evacuate” email, which was ridiculous. I wonder if they thought Dallas and the whole state of Oklahoma needed to…

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why the church will make you win in life

By | a year on the front row, discipline, faith, God, ministry, spiritual disciplines, vulnerability, worship | No Comments

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:20-21   I love the local church. Not just the one I attend, but all of the gatherings of Christ…

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god’s dream for us is revolution

By | article, choosing, diversity, dreams, faith, family, forgiveness, friendship, God, grace, problems | 2 Comments

“Good morning, Revolution: You’re the very best friend I ever had. We gonna pal around together from now on.” -Langston Hughes   Some things have changed a lot since Langston Hughes wrote those words, but we are still awaiting the deep work of revolution to take its place in our world and in our lives. We need some miracles. Christianity, at its roots, offers us the opportunity to live beyond the comfortable and the usual in our…

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my window prayer for belonging

By | article, faith, family, friendship, God, hope, prayer, shame, spiritual disciplines, vulnerability | One Comment

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone…

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first love and big trophies

By | dreams, family, God, love, pixar | One Comment

  “I see what you’ve done, your hard, hard work, your refusal to quit. I know you can’t stomach evil, that you weed out apostolic pretenders. I know your persistence, your courage in my cause, that you never wear out. But you walked away from your first love—why? What’s going on with you, anyway?….Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. I’m about to call each conqueror to dinner. I’m spreading…

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the bittersweet road home

By | change, choosing, courage, devotional, failure, God, home, spiritual disciplines, Suffering | No Comments

Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”  But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”  So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.” -John 4:31-34 I sat in the car watching the scenery of the southwest speed by…

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how we find our way when we can’t see a thing

By | faith, fear, God | No Comments

We sit at our usual table, with our books and our discussion questions and our coffee in our hands. Cookies wait on a happy plate of sweet friendship to share as we discuss our week’s reading. I read a passage from Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts, then ask a question of my own: “Faith is in the gaze of the soul. Faith is the seeing soul’s eyes upon a saving God, the saving God…

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how god mingles his holiness with our humanity

By | a year on the front row, faith, God, God's presence, grace, women | No Comments

First today, I have some quotes that make me want to jump up right there where you are and make a run for Jesus all around the room: “You have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” —Augustine, Confessions “If God has given graces to some good women, revealing to them something holy and good through His Holy Scriptures, should they, for the sake of the defamers of…

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Glimpses of Glory From Our Trip to South Africa

By | faith, God, God's presence, hope, lessons in life, ministry, problems, Suffering | 4 Comments

Morgan and I went to a ministry conference in South Africa last week. I am still sleeping when I‘m supposed to be awake and awake when I’m supposed to be asleep, so forgive me if this post has a stream of consciousness that only a two year old would find acceptable. I am so tired that I have basically become a two year-old: I can’t nap even though I’m exhausted, all I want to eat…

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when god’s will looms over us

By | fear, God, words | No Comments

“In the arms of the ocean, so sweet and so cold And all this devotion, well, I never knew at all, And the questions I have, for a sinner released, In the arms of the ocean deliver me.” -Florence + the Machine, Never Let Me Go In my dreams, the will of God looms above me like a wave about to crash down on my head. It isn’t exactly God who is up there, a ceiling…

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