Tag Archives: Faith

The Deep Magic of Christmas

My daughter made a comment, during a Hallmark Christmas movie, that they seem to be more religious-inspirational this year. That struck me because I happened to be thinking about Christmas and how sad it is, for the most part, that everyone is trying to erase what the Holiday (“Holy Day”) is about. Whether you love …

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Prayer Instead of Despair

 A.W. Tozer says, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” What comes into your mind when you think about God? I think it has great impact on how we look at prayer. “Pray without ceasing… My house is a house of prayer: Not sing without …

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Where is Your Treasure

Where your treasure is, your heart will also be. Halloween is so much fun. I know there can be a lot of mixed feelings on the holiday and its’ origins but that aside, for me it’s a time of fall festivals, imagining up fabulous costumes where we can dress up like anything we dream to …

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The Road Outside My Door

Bilbo: I’ll be fine. Just let me sit quietly for a moment. Gandalf: You’ve been sitting quietly for far too long. Tell me. When did doilies and your mother’s dishes become so important to you? I remember a young hobbit who was always running off in search of Elves in the woods. He’d stay out …

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Are You a Pioneer or a Settler?

We are on an incredible journey at our church, Life Church Knoxville, and even though we don’t know what’s over the horizon we are trusting the Lord to lead us as we put one foot in front of the other. I am reminded again of the story of pioneers and settlers that I read years …

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Just Waitin’ On You Dad

Father’s Day is this Sunday. These type of celebratory days are great for some people and really hard for others. Great if you have a dad, or a significant father figure in your life: Hard, sad or depressing if your father has passed away or if you never had a father figure in your life …

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Back to the Basics

In John 25, Jesus heals a blind man and some of the Jewish folks marched the now seeing man before the Pharisees whose perfunctory behavior was true to form: “obviously Jesus cannot be from God because he didn’t keep the Sabbath.” Talk about missing the big picture! They were always focusing on the wrong things. …

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Is everything sad going to become untrue?” Prayers for Oklahoma

Is everything sad going to become untrue?” A few years ago my husband, Larry, read Tim Keller’s book ‘The Reason for God’ and I wanted to share some of his thoughts from the book on suffering as it relates to the joy of heaven. In light of the recent tornadic devastation in Oklahoma, I think …

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“Master, I want to see again.”

When reading the story of the blind man who wouldn’t stop crying out to Jesus until he was heard, I was struck by his request: “Master, I want to see again.” My heart immediately cried out those words to the Father: I want to see again! I get so distracted by this world! I want …

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Relax! I’ve Got This!

“Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot. “Has anyone by fussing before the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? If fussing can’t even do that, why fuss at all? … What I’m trying to do here is get you to relax, not be so …

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