“…perfect love casts out fear.” (I John 4:18b, NASB) I want to focus on the two specific components in this statement:  “casts out fear” and “perfect love.”  First, some thoughts about “perfect  love.” The Message  translates I John 4:15-19, “This is how we know we’re living steadily and deeply in him, and he in us: …

Thinking about the year ahead feels like a different season has begun sprouting its first seedlings all around us.  We can almost see small green stems coming forth from hardened ground,  despite the snows of winter continuing to blow down.  At January’s Alabaster Circle meetings, Vickie McKnight “summed up” a sense of 2015 in the word “forward.”…

I read an interesting passage from Heidi Baker earlier this week.  She wrote, “Sometimes God’s promises will look like this:  bizarre, implausible, and even crazy…If we desire the favor of God on our lives, we should consider what it might look like.  It is not always going to be cash and promotions and the like…the…

I was quietly flipping through Scripture and asking the Lord to take me somewhere I needed to go, and the question I felt He expressed to me was….who owns the world? Who owns the world? Really? Yep….that was the question. Two scriptures immediately came to my mind: “The earth is the Lord’s, and all it…

There is an urgency and significance to grasping, assimilating, and embracing the message Pastor Larry is sharing right now.  Rediscovering the Gospel.  Rediscovering the Good News.  Rediscovering  Jesus. The companion part of this is to be able and willing to articulate the same revelation  to those around us.    It’s critically important that our active embrace…

Discouraged… “Deprived of courage, hope, or confidence; dishearten; .to dispirit.”  (Dictionary.com)     Deprived….an interesting choice of words. In the New American Standard translation, there are only 3 uses of that exact word, and they all have a nearly identical theme: the use of intimidation and fear to impenetrably, invisibly thwart those who are organized, resolute,…

Tenacity. Sometimes it’s defined by a stubborn refusal to “let go”.  Sometimes it’s demonstrated by the refusal to give up when you are advised to do so.  Sometimes its focus is misdirected and is perceived by others as a vice.  Sometimes it’s rightly directed and seen in the light of being virtuous and honorable. I’m…

Happy Independence Day!  Below is a partial transcription from George Washington’s inaugural address, given in 1789: “Among the vicissitudes of life, no event could have filled me with greater anxieties than that of which the notification was transmitted by your order, and received on the fourteenth day of the present month. On the one hand,…

Ezekiel  22:30 states, “I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one.”  (NASB)  Some of us have processed our earliest identity as being part of “a praying people” by embracing…

How do we measure “the favor” or  of God” on – or in – our lives? Pastor Larry recently quoted Colossians 1:26-29 from The Message Bible translation.  It reads:  “This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open.  God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich…

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