For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11

I am not alone

I am not alone

Most of my early childhood memories involve me playing…alone. One memory involves me playing in the ivy that was between our house and the neighbors that included a small palm tree pretending to be on an adventure in the jungle…alone. Another memory involves me in...

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Grace Runs to Pain

Grace Runs to Pain

Hebrews 4:16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Grace runs to pain like healthy blood to a wound.  Have you been the recipient of grace lately?  It's a swoosh of comfort; a...

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Hay Bales & Recovered Treasure

Hay Bales & Recovered Treasure

Hay Bales and Recovered Treasure "O God my rock." I cry. "Why have you forgotten me? Why must I wander around in grief, oppressed by my enemies?" Their taunts break my bones. They scoff, "Where is this God of yours?" Psalm 42:9-10 It started as a small sliver of...

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Border Bullies and How to Dream Anyway

Border Bullies and How to Dream Anyway

Proverbs 4:25-27 Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil. Have you stood at the brink of...

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New Creations

New Creations

New Creations “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) In thinking about Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and his resurrection, I can’t help but think about 2...

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The Resurrection

The Resurrection

  The Resurrection “…I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies” (John 11:25 NASB) This particular verse finds Jesus in Bethany talking to Martha, the sister of Lazarus and Mary. Jesus has just arrived on the scene....

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Hope

Hope

  Hope I keep hearing the word “hope” as I’ve asked the Lord what he wants me to write about. I decided to look up the word “hope” in the dictionary to see what I could find. The definition that jumped out to me says “To expect with confidence” and “Trust”. Many...

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The Lamb of God

The Lamb of God

  The Lamb of God Jesus. He has so many attributes. He is our friend. He is our brother. He is our Savior. He is our redeemer (actually our kinsman-redeemer). He’s our strong tower. He’s our fortress. He’s our shield. He is our salvation. The list could go on and...

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Love is

Love is

  Love is… A few years after I stopped running from God, he led me back to church and moved me to the Bay Area. He got me planted in a good church that I have so many good memories of. I remember one Sunday when one of the associate pastors was preaching. He was...

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No Greater Love

No Greater Love

   No Greater Love Lately, I have found myself asking God how I can know I am loved because I never felt loved as a child. There have been many times when I’ve told God that I don’t know what love is supposed to feel like. So I’ve had to ask God “How can I know I am...

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