Look Again

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There are times in life when someone reveals a new, unique perspective about a situation and you never look at it the same again. It’s as if there was a hidden layer just below the surface that you never knew about because you didn’t see it until someone showed it to you. It reminds me of how polarized glasses allow you to see things under the surface of water more clearly.

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When I Read the Bible Through

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As part of my morning routine I’m often reading Unlocking the Bible by David Pawson. If you’re not familiar with David Pawson, one of the things I most admire about his teachings is his insistence that each book of the Bible needs to be read as a book, otherwise we miss a lot of the context.

In the beginning of Unlocking the Bible, there’s a poem similar to the one below. It’s cited as Unknown, and I figured I could find the true author somehow, and I did. This was written by Amos R. Wells. (see link to the original at the end of this post)

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Assaulted by the Gospel

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The other day Amy and I witnessed a Christian doing their part to spread the good news. It was such an uncomfortable situation it made me want to crawl right out of my skin. With a mixture of heartache and anger, I left that situation feeling anything but love. Let me backup and set the stage for you.

An otherwise peaceful time in the dry sauna of our local rec center, we were enjoying the confines of its cedar walls and 172℉ temps. Enter our soon to be victim, let’s call him Vinay. A middle-aged man with a friendly demeanor, Vinay sat next to me, exchanged a nod, and even cracked a joke. A few others came and went in the several minutes that passed. Enter our subject; we’ll call her Bianca.

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Spirit Soul Body

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Have you ever heard one of those object lessons that uses a three-legged stool as its example? Everything from team building to politics, finances to psychology has been explained using the humble three-legged stool.

The example seems so worn out. Surely a more interesting analogy can be found to describe anything with three parts. Then again, its power and simplicity in illustrating a point is what makes it so common. Like steering wheels, there’s a reason every car has one; it gets the job done better than anything else.

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Look Upon Our Healer

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I have a question for you. When Jesus stood before a sick person, what do you think He saw? The sickness or the person? I know what I think He saw, but go ahead and take a moment to let the scene set in before trying to answering right away.

Do you have your answer? Good. I believe Jesus saw not only the person standing before Him, He was moved with a compassion the likes of which we’ve probably seldom experienced. Yes, Jesus drove out demons, but it is my belief they got very little of Jesus’ attention; just the minimum in order to get the job done.

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Sons and Daughters

Small gift boxes
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Is God a good gift giver? Would you go as far as saying He’s a great gift giver?

Last week, our podcast focused on God’s fatherly traits. This week, we’re meditating on His role of provider. God’s love is consistent, and He never forgets even the smallest details. How we view God determines how we approach God, and how we approach God reveals our [perceived] relationship with Him.

I often think of God as our father. The most perfect, loving father there has ever been and will ever be. That’s my basis for how I picture God’s way of interacting with us; a loving father who desires nothing more than a great relationship with his children. One thing about great fathers, even good fathers, is that they love to provide for their children.

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The Bible Project

The Bible Project
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When you share something, you may never know the ripple effect it has on others. We share to entertain, we share to connect, we share to define ourselves. Learning something new and exciting is always a highlight for me, especially when it comes by way of sharing. So this post is my way, dear reader, of paying it forward. It’s the story of one of the coolest Bible study tools I’ve ever come across. I hope you enjoy it!

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