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  • “Heart Surgery“

    It’s tempting to say, “Okay, God, here’s the deal. Everything would be great...if you would just change that person, fix my life and give me what I want.” But while you may want God to change what’s ‘out there’, God’s far more interested in transforming what’s ‘in there’. Of course, it’s hard – and sometimes painful for a little while – when God starts doing ‘heart surgery’ to transform you from the inside out. But it’s also the most amazing grace you’ll ever encounter. That’s because what God does enables you to live with the assurance that you are loved regardless of what you do, experience the freedom that comes with forgiveness, discover the power of compassion and embrace the unique life God longs for you to have. Not only when everything in life is just the way you want it. But starting right now. In the messiness of real life. #GodNMe

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  • There’s sure a lot of gloom and doom these days – pandemics, terrorism, the economy, institutions that don’t seem to work and the increasing threat that technology poses. That’s why it’s important to remember there’s something greater than all of the doom and gloom in the world put together – God’s love. Of course, this love is not a magic wand you wave over a problem so it instantly disappears. Instead, God’s love is passionate, involved, persistent and miraculously takes the worst life has to offer and uses it to bring about transformation of lives, communities and the world so that God’s will becomes just as real on earth as it already is in heaven. All of this isn’t just some cosmic reality. It’s also very personal because it means you actually can leave behind fear and live with hope. Which means there’s a question you have to answer today. Just how ready are you to live like you actually believe God’s love wins? #GodNMe

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  • “Amazing Grace”

    God loves you. Not just in some sort of cosmic way, but personally. Very personally. So much so, there’s never a moment when God’s not enveloping you in love. This doesn’t mean, however, that you always acknowledge, embrace or celebrate it. Still, it’s always there because this is just who God is and what God does. In fact, there’s going to be a time every day when you’ll experience this grace in a way that can only be described as amazing. Amazing does not mean that everyone can see it clearly, you’ll live happily ever after or your life is picture-perfect. God’s amazing grace simply means God loves you so personally, passionately and profoundly that God reaches out into your life with love that makes a difference in exactly the way you need. So look for God’s amazing grace - today. Anticipate it - today. Embrace it - today. And live in it – today. #GodNMe

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  • "A Sunday Prayer"

    Good morning, Lord!
    I need to get something off my chest.
    I’ve done it again.
    Not once.
    But more times than I can count.
    I don’t like it.
    And I can’t believe I keep doing it.
    But I do.
    I keep making it all about me.
    Not only that, I keep trying to make You all about me.
    Sure, I dress it up in pious language.
    Try to act real religious.
    And work hard to convince others and myself.
    But I don’t fool You.
    So I’m asking for a favor today.
    Because I desperately need help.
    Help only You can give.
    Please help me start with You.
    Your love.
    Your forgiveness.
    Your healing.
    Your vision.
    And Your call on my life.
    Yes, Lord, help me.
    Especially help me in spite of myself.
    For Your help is my hope.
    Amen.

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