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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness

I’m trading in the American Dream in favor of the Kingdom Promise: Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness holiness. Are you happy? Do you feel hopeful? Chances are pretty good these days a lot of people would answer no, or at least not very often. You may be thinking, “How could I possibly be happy and hopeful all the time when there are so many terrible things happening in … Read More

The Abundance of Christ

Despite how severely the Gospel has been twisted to fit the itching ears of humanity, justify our sinful natures, and be ‘less offensive’ to the masses, our instructions are crystal clear. “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find … Read More

Remnants of a Former Life

To say I’ve changed would be a vast understatement. No. Aside from the tattoos that still cover my flesh, the person who once inhabited this body is dead. And she is so long passed that I don’t even remember how it felt to be her; To live in the prison of insanity and shame that I did. After nearly three decades of chaotic noise, it’s finally quiet in my head. Well, not … Read More

The Gifts of Ruin and Recovery

There will likely come a time in your life when you are tested beyond anything you could have imagined, put through hell, broken down so completely that you feel there is nothing left. Everything you know and believe about yourself and the world will be challenged. And at first, you may want to give up and end all the pain. But this period of ruin is a precious gift. It … Read More

Glimpsing the Past

That day, when everything changed, when the years of confusion and sorrow were washed away, Jesus took my pain and replaced it with peace. He turned my mourning into joy and I was released from the clutches of insanity that had stolen so many years of my life. That place of darkness and chaos where I dwelt, although long gone, is an all too familiar memory that keeps me ever seeking … Read More

Seek & You Shall Find Him

I am completely blown away right now. It’s been a very long time since I owned a guitar and I’ve been wanting an acoustic of my own for some time now. Even praying for one over the past few months from time to time. But I had pretty much come to accept that with our financial situation, it would not be possible. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, … Read More

Call Me A Fool for Christ

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18 We all have free will. And on the surface that may appear to mean infinite choices. But the truth is, there really are only two choices. One is to turn towards God and His Word and walk in the spirit. The other is … Read More

11 Signs of A Toxic Friendship

“Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.” – Proverbs 22:24-25 Learning to identify and remove myself from unhealthy relationships has been an important part of my walk with God. But choosing to walk away from a friendship, or even a family member after a lifetime of fellowship can be a … Read More

Come as You Are and Die at the Cross

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28 God’s Grace is abounding. Because of His great Love for humanity, all people have an open invitation to join His family (Galatians 3:28). It’s an open invitation at anytime, no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey. He wants you to come to Him, just as … Read More

10 Tips for Managing Anger

“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” – James 1:19-20 Although I struggled greatly in my teens and twenties with multiple extreme emotions, anger was always the most troubling. I know intimately how the feeling of anger can quickly turn to rage and manifest in acts of violence and aggression … Read More

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