Growing Up on the Inside, Forever

Growing Up on the Inside, Forever

Babies grow up so fast, don’t they? I always encouraged newer parents to cherish every moment and every phase because it all passes so quickly. Physical growth happens on a curve. We grow fast, reach adulthood, and then stop growing taller. We’ll keep...
God Forgives Because God is Faithful

God Forgives Because God is Faithful

Grace is such a tough concept for us to embrace. It’s simple enough to define – God’s undeserved favor – but nearly impossible to internalize for most people. We know that God’s forgiveness can’t be deserved or earned, and yet we keep our distance from God because of...
Your Pain Always Has a Point

Your Pain Always Has a Point

A. W. Tozer once said, “It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until he has hurt him deeply.” Tozer wrote those words in a previous generation of Christianity. He did not intend to imply that God wishes to cause pain in the lives of his children, rather,...
The Greatest Danger to the Spiritual Life

The Greatest Danger to the Spiritual Life

It’s possible that you grew up in a religious tradition that made you feel afraid of many, many factors outside yourself. In a fear-motivated faith, the list of threats to our spiritual health scrolls on infinitely. From music styles to unfamiliar cultural...
Are You Telling Yourself the Correct Story?

Are You Telling Yourself the Correct Story?

A. W. Tozer once said, “What you believe about God is the most important thing about you.” I would agree with Tozer, and I would add that a close second is what you believe about yourself. As I interact with others and examine my own heart, I’m convinced there are two...
Sometimes I FEEL Like Giving Up, But I KNOW Better

Sometimes I FEEL Like Giving Up, But I KNOW Better

Sometimes, I feel tired. Sometimes, I feel that I’m spinning my wheels and not getting anywhere and that I’m failing to meet the expectations of others. Sometimes I feel bogged down in things that need doing, and I feel inadequate to the tasks that loom largest in my...
Living With a Single Priority

Living With a Single Priority

Priorities. Did you know that word actually means pretty much nothing? The word priority comes from the Latin word prior which means former or first. That which is a priority is first. It’s the source out of which something else comes. So to have many different...
What if I’m Not Ready to Be Healed?

What if I’m Not Ready to Be Healed?

Healing comes with a heavy cost. We can release our grip on resentment and rebellion, receive help, and experience renewal in every part of our lives. But… If we do that – if we embrace the kind of healing available to everybody who is broken and in pain – we’ll have...
Have a Better Year By Embracing the Process

Have a Better Year By Embracing the Process

New Year’s is magical for most of us. January 1 holds almost mystical powers for us. It’s okay. It’s a new year. All the stuff I wrecked and messed up this year is now in the past. And everything I meant to do but didn’t will certainly get accomplished this time...

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