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Open Wounds

And there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years, and who had endured much suffering under [the hands of] many physicians and had spent all that she had, and was no better but instead grew worse. She had heard the reports concerning Jesus, and she came up behind Him in the throng and touched His garment, for she kept saying, If I only touch His garments, I shall be restored to health. And immediately her flow of blood was dried up at the source, and [suddenly] she felt in her body that she was healed of her [distressing] ailment. (Mark 5:25-29) I love the story of the woman with the issue of blood. Probably because it’s one of the stories I can most identify with, and a lesson I believe God really wants us to take a hold of – it’s one of the few stories…

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Use the Name of Jesus

At some point in my walk I realized that as Christians we can fall into the habit of connecting with only one part of the God-head. For me, it was God the Father. He is the one who supplies our needs and offers us protection and forgiveness. And so I would always use the word God – in reference to the Father – but never the name Jesus, thinking it was one and the same thing. Another reason I refrained using the name Jesus was because I knew it felt offensive to some people. I wanted to be all encompassing, and God was Jesus anyway, so what did it matter? But it does. It does matter.  There are many gods, but only one TRUE God. Only one Jesus. You have to stand for what you stand for in a world that chooses to generalize and desensitize things for mass appeal.  I…

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God Pursues You.

msunderstoodwoman: The idea is almost implausible. A God who rewards good behavior, we can fathom. A God who punishes the wicked- of course! What else would a God do with His spare time. Even a God who answers prayer is within our realm of possibility. But a God who pursues? One who persistently and relentlessly chases after YOU? We are skeptical on this one. Because as human beings, we don’t like to pursue anyone. Not even a significant other. The idea of rejection keeps us grounded waiting on the other party to make a move first. My brother even refuses to join twitter because he hates the idea of having to “follow” someone, much less actively pursue them.  Today in church we sang this song that said: No sin, no shameNo past, no painNo height, no depthNo fear, no death, Can separate me from Your love-You pursue me And my heart…

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The Missing Peace

How easy is it to lose your peace in this world???? There was a point in my life that I could actually never find mine – my family, friends (and exes) will testify to this lol. Moving back to the States on my own and living as a college student solely reliant on financial  aid and three part-time jobs to provide for myself, I was in a constant state of worry. Would I have enough to eat? Would I have enough to go home over break? Would I have enough to survive the winter??? Sometimes there was enough, but other times there was barely enough to go around. I spent a lot of time counting my pennies and running in circles about money. Then there was school. I think nine times out of ten that I took an exam, I called my father crying in fear that I had failed. I…

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Five Ideas Christians Need To Rethink

I’ve been in massive hibernation mode for the past few weeks, trying to do less of me and more of God. That means, spending a lot more time listening for what He has to say about every single situation instead of seeking Him after-the-fact.  I had this random epiphany on Monday about how we can fall into the habit of taking the Bible out of context to fit our own needs; and so I got to thinking: what are some Bible verses or ‘ideas’ that I have taken out of context in my own life that I could share now that I know better?  Here are five of them:  1. God will not give us more than we can bear.  I think I got this idea from a Kirk Franklin song I grew up with: More Than I Can Bear. While the song HAS walked me through more storms than…

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Still Fighting Temptations…

When we last met (or when I last wrote) we were in the desert with Jesus as he prepared for an encounter with the devil by fasting forty days and forty nights. We learnt he did this because he knew the winning strategy – that winning wasn’t about getting stronger in our own strength and ability, but getting weaker so God can get stronger through us… So here we are, the fasting period is over, and Jesus is starving. I’m talking EXTREME hunger. I can’t even begin to imagine his level of hunger after 40 days, because I just woke up an hour ago and I’m already starving.  40 days in and I’d probably be ingesting sand, so I think it’s safe to assume that Jesus was ready to have a meal. Cue the devil, who always shows up at our most vulnerable to try to take advantage of us: “Since you’re the Son…

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Whether You Like It Or Not

People think I’m crazy when I tell them I wake up between 4:30 and 5am every weekday morning (and most weekends too). My regular routine once I’m up consists of about an hour of quiet time, going to the gym for another hour/hour and a half, and then getting ready for work. I don’t think I’m crazy at all! To be clear, I don’t LIKE waking up at 4:30 every morning. I have a very comfortable bed, and I would spend the whole day sleeping in it if I could.  I don’t always LIKE going to the gym, and many days I have to drag myself out of bed to make it. I don’t always FEEL like praying or reading my Bible. But you know what? I do it because I understand that what I like or don’t like can often be inconsequential to what is good for me. I do this…

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Bad Roots, Good Fruits

For the past two months (though it really seems like a lifetime) I have been trudging through Chronicles and Kings in my morning devo. And not the interesting parts – I’m talking about the annals and stories of pre-pubescent Kings and their rebellion against God, and all the wonderful and exciting ways He punished them for it. Fun times. I was so tempted to just skip all those chapters – and honestly the entire books – and move on to some more stimulating content. Esther, Job, Psalms – even Obadiah would have been a welcome relief to the repetitiveness and gore of these chronicles. But I kept going!  And today I understand part of the impotence of reading them. How close of a look have you taken at the genealogy of Jesus? You know, that long list in the first chapter of the gospels? Well, in case you haven’t, here it is…

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