Peace

Peace is a powerful thing. Rather than a passive, as some would think it, lack of action peace requires intention and application.

Peace renders chaos and terror null and void. Peace removes authority unto destruction. Peace calms the storms and our hearts.

I’ve lived in places that contain a spirit of fear, peace removes this.

I’ve known relationships intent on chaos, peace calms this.

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The Way of Grace

I’ve just written a new Capturing God’s Heart over at our Capturing Courage site – you can find it HERE – about accepting grace and remaining in grace.

Now grace is a tricky thing. What is it really and how do we know we have it?

The best I can do is paint a picture of the kind of life that has not found grace and the kind of life that has.

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Go, Eat with Joy

It was a few years ago. I was at Missions Fest here in Vancouver, an annual trade-fair of sorts for missions and Christian organizations. I’d been wandering the hall where dozens and dozens of booths were showcasing the multiple opportunities for global outreach and ministry.

At one booth (I can’t remember now which organization it was) they were asking people passing by to quote them a Bible verse. As I stood face to face with this young man, a number of Bible verses flashing through my mind, I quickly settled on this one and quoted it for him,

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As We Celebrate

Merry Christmas from me to you as we celebrate a babe come to save the world.

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To Truly Stand Alongside

I watch our Christian community respond to bad news, to indescretions, to failures, to loss and pain and I wonder how good we are at really praying the heart of God into these things.

Years back I had a friend who was in deep conversation with the Lord about a very bad situation. At that time my own faith was quite weak. My emotions were poked by her situation and particularly by the authentic conversation she was having with the Lord.

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Against Us?

God does not hold our sin against us.

Do we get this?

God does not hold our sin against us. 

We hold our sin against us!

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By His Love

Take this to heart today:

The Lord your God is in your midst,
    a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
    he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.

Zephaniah 3:17