Tag Archives: John

Our True Nature

Last night I had a dream. It really freaked me out. You’re a mature Christian. Can you please explain it to me? Well, I’m not exactly sure of where I was, but it felt like I was suspended way out … Continue reading

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Cycle of Double-mindedness

The illustration below from our homeschooling years shows one aspect of the cycle of double mindedness. Defining herself by her feelings and circumstances, the girl believes that she is somehow no longer the new creation that God says she is (2 … Continue reading

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Mercy and Grace

MERCY Mercy means “compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.” Mercy is not getting what we deserve. Mercy moves the offender from a negative balance up to zero. “I’ve paid all … Continue reading

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Pond

With his bamboo cane in hand, Fred Freedom sat still on a lily pad in his red polka dot bow tie. He gazed through his spectacles while his heart grieved. Beside him on an adjacent lily pad was his dear … Continue reading

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Refugees

While driving home from our summer vacation this past weekend, I heard a song by Tom Petty, called Refugee. Sadly, the Lord showed me that this song depicts many of the saints of God. Before I pursued healing, I certainly lived like … Continue reading

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The Mirror (Part 2)

Up the steep driveway and into the garage she pulled the car. Shifting into Park she turned off the ignition. She removed her glasses and sighed in exhaustion pressing above her head the automatic garage door button. The rumbling of its closing harassed … Continue reading

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The Mirror (Part 1)

On display in the center of the credenza in her living room stood two stone tablets. As a young believer, years ago she proudly purchased the life-sized replicas at a traveling antique market near her extended family’s vacation villa. Carefully she had … Continue reading

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Drag Me

Have you ever thought of yourself as being dragged by God? Dragged to conformity to the image of Christ? Dragged to heaven? Few of us do. In John 6:44 NAS Christ announces, “No one can come to Me unless the … Continue reading

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Grace Rules ~ Flesh Drools

Enemy Secret Pride attempts to steal the glory from God by crediting us for our behavior or good works or obedience to the Law/Word or knowing Scripture or being spiritual or performing continual self-abasement in rituals which is false humility. … Continue reading

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Conformity

What is God’s umbrella purpose over the body of Christ? The ultimate purpose of God is to glorify Christ. For us, that means conformity. Conforming us to the image of Christ is God’s plan for us as a body both individually … Continue reading

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Transparency

Last spring my youngest daughter brought home a beautiful science project on light. After listening to her rendition of all that she and her classmates had learned that week, I was so excited about her project that she let me … Continue reading

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Holy v. Righteous

When we think of God, words such as holy and righteous come to mind. They seem to mean the same thing, but holiness and righteousness have very different meanings. Holy means “set apart” and is purpose-related. For example, my pen is … Continue reading

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