The Power in Reconciliation

Sometimes when we are so far removed from God, we tend to hangout in the darkness rather than reflect in the light He shows us every day. Evidence of this can be found in our very actions and motivations, or something as simple as the words that come out of our mouth. When God is near, we experience the joy of His presence. But when we push Him away, darkness quickly sets into our hearts. We may find ourselves in constant internal turmoil or be unwilling to forgive others like Jesus forgives us.

There was a sermon delivered by Pastor John Stange (from my home church at Core Creek) in which he talked about the struggles the prophet Jeremiah endured while he preached to the kingdom of Judah beginning around the year 627 B.C. At that time, the people were not very receptive to his message. In fact, they never welcomed Jeremiah at all and were continually at odds with him about it.

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Forgiven but Forgotten

How often do we accept the notion that Jesus forgave us and yet we choose to forget Him?

As I sat there in the company meeting this week, overlooked and undervalued in my current title, I remembered a time when the executive leading it had promised me a different position—one which better utilized my skills in a greater capacity. She told me that she’d reach a decision by December as to how that would pan out. Well, that conversation was in September and I still haven’t heard about it since then. (And yes, I’ve followed-up, but to no avail…or response.)

I then looked to my right, at the supervisor who had promised me I’d be promoted and in charge of a position they were looking to fill two years ago. I remembered how hopeful I had become upon hearing this news at the time. (But I never got the opportunity to shine since they hired an internal candidate instead and explained how it “wouldn’t make sense” for me to be in charge of someone much older than me.)

Again, I thought about how badly I wanted a new job and was reminded of the plethora of contacts I still have in my back pocket. But out of those 350 job applications I have placed out there since last year, I have had interviews with just four. (And still not a single job offer from any of them.)

The enemy did a good job in reminding me of how much I’ve been forgotten about and overlooked these last several years. So I prayed to God for the 74918903113th time.

When will this end, Lord?

He didn’t answer my question, but instead provided me with insight.

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Revering the Holy Name of God

A Levite was a man between the ages of twenty and fifty in the days of the Old Testament—a descendent from the line of Aaron that had been called to do priestly work. One of the jobs of the Levites was to transcribe the text of the Torah. These scribes meticulously copied what were on the scrolls given them—the ancient books of the Bible—to make sure every word was accurately and precisely passed down for generations to come. The level of detail and integrity was of utmost importance since this was not just any text; it was a holy text.

Every single letter was duplicated precisely so that not a single error was made. Once the scribe was done with his day’s work, an older Levite would come over to inspect it. This older man would choose a letter at random, and if it didn’t match up perfectly with the original text, the entire scroll was discarded and the scribe would have to start all over again. Continue reading

Forgiveness Without Explanation

We have all been hurt before, or maybe even betrayed by somebody at some point in our lives. (If you don’t know what that feels like, be on guard, because it will inevitably happen to you at some point. It even happened to Jesus and He was the Son of God!) None of us are immune from the pain of these moments and recently I was reminded of just such a thing. Continue reading

The Devastating Effects of Depression

Today, a lot of people are talking about the tragic death of Chris Cornell. (Although I bet the majority of them haven’t recently listened to his music. Today, they probably will.) If you listen to some of the man’s lyrics overall, and even reports of his last performance, this guy was desperately trying just to tell us something. Here is an article that I found rather interesting in regards to that.

Too often, those that have been consumed by the darkness of depression are also trying to tell us something. It’s about time we started to listen. Continue reading

Remaining Patient in His Timing

Help me to believe in my unbelief.

The words a friend of mine once suggested I pray at a time when my world was collapsing in front of me several years ago. At the time, I was hurt, frustrated and full of sadness to an extent that it blinded me from ever seeing God’s plan for me several years later. Unbeknownst to me at the time, He was setting the stage to teach me some valuable life lessons, draw me nearer to Him and use these things (including this blog) to help encourage and inspire others in their walk with God.

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Power in Song “Move (Keep Walkin’)”

Here is another good song to get you thru some of the heartbreak you might be experiencing—whether it’s waiting on God to come thru and answer your prayers or being denied something you thought you really needed. It comes from one of my favorite Christian artists, TobyMac. Hope it encourages you as much as it encourages me. (Lyrics below the video.)

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