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Archive for September, 2015

The person whose life has become saturated by grace notices that God has gone before every good thing. And from after every good moment, the grace-saturated Christian credits only God.

Paul is accustomed to the sweat-soaked believer. To be a follower of Jesus it to work one’s fingers to the bone, to collapse happily weary after a long day of beating back the jungles of one’s own soul and serving those who surround. The implicit commitment to a story much bigger than one’s own short path draws out of the disciple of Jesus exertions of which she would not have considered herself capable. (more…)

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poor blind Sammy in the rear view mirror

I did not expect to think of Sammy today.

Poor Blind Sammy, our rescued Rhodesian Ridgeback with his sick eyes surgically removed, left us before this year’s Spring sun had found its way to warming his long wheaten body. We were an ocean away. The stricken dogsitter’s voice reported through the phone that Sammy had gone out to lie down in his favorite place along the fence and fallen asleep. Inexplicably, he never awoke.

Tender friends had seen to his cremation before we could get home. (more…)

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Human personality is a garden to be tended.

It requires persistent weeding, seeding and overseeing, all the mundane and patient labors that stand unseen behind a riot of color.

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:31–32 NIV)

For most of us, there is no easy path to the temperament and conduct that reflect a Creator’s and Savior’s presence within and make us worth remembering. (more…)

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Ya tengo semanas de estar escuchando que algunas personas están hablando de un eminente “rapto” o “arrebatamiento” de la iglesia. Además, se dice que éste ocurrirá en el mes de setiembre del presente año. Al principio no le presté atención, más últimamente veo como el rumor crece como una ola por medio de post, los banner, los mensajes en las redes sociales. La alerta mayor llegó cuando hablando con un amigo en mi país, me compartía que su hija llegó a la casa preocupada porque en la iglesia donde asiste, el pastor principal estaba anunciado algo similar. Y por supuesto, al ser una mega iglesia, el rumor se esparce más. (more…)

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To tell the truth is often difficult and occasionally excruciating. People of good will do not love the ‘hard conversations’ that life thrusts upon us. Rather, we endure them. We sometimes abhor the anticipation of them, frequently tremble through them, and with some regularity second-guess our execution of them. (more…)

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