GRACE – What is It?

The classic definition of grace is "the free and unmerited favor of God. But there is alot of room there for interpretation. To many, that description waters down to "cheap" grace, meaning that God and others are expected to "make up for" all my shortcomings and bad choices. I had someone close to me once... Continue Reading →

The State of Overwhelm

When you experience emotional overwhelm, it can feel all-consuming. For the many people who will face this feeling at some point in their lives, it entails being completely overcome by intense and unruly emotions that make us feel something is too challenging to manage and overcome. When confronted with being overwhelmed, it can be difficult... Continue Reading →

Dealing With Your False Self

“Living out of the false self creates a compulsive desire to present a perfect image to the public so that everybody will admire us and nobody will know us.” Manning, Brennan. The Rabbi's Heartbeat. The Navigators. This quote from Brennan Manning, has always been the best description of the false self in action that I... Continue Reading →

The UNKNOWN

When you think about it, there is a whole lot more in life that we don't know, then we know. I learned a long time ago, that "the more I "know", the less I know. Meaning, the more I come to know about life, the wolrd around me, God, I realize how much more there... Continue Reading →

Voices – Growing in Discernment

There is always a stream of voices talking to us. Have you noticed? All day long they have something to say to us. They many times like to intimidate us, threaten us, demean us, discourage us, and more. If we lack the discernment to know where these voices are coming from,. and if they are... Continue Reading →

Help!

One of the hardest things for so many people to do is ask for help. Why is this? An old friend and one of my early leaders used to say in his Kentucky accent; "It's just pride and rebellion - that's all it is." Wow! Pride I could easily see, but what's the rebellion part!?... Continue Reading →

Fear… or Faith?

There is an old adage... "Fear came knocking at the door, faith answered and no one was there." This is an area, I believe, where some people have a lack of understanding genuine faith. It's not a "blind" faith, with no actual "higher power" backing it up. And, it's not a "religious" faith, founded only... Continue Reading →

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