love your neighbor (redux)

We hear it all the time. Love your neighbor. Jesus tells us to love. Jesus is love, and He wants us to love like Him. What is that supposed to look like? Do we “love” someone by tolerating them? Do we love someone by doing our best not to offend them? Do we love someone […]

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just lucky, i guess

I seriously don’t know what it is, but for whatever reason, I seem to always get into conversations about singleness. In particular, conversations where I have to convince someone I don’t need to be cured from it. It’s the most bizarre thing. Anywhoo. At my age, most of my friends are getting married or have […]

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sealed by Spirit

Sin, by definition in the Bible, is not wronging another person. It is assaulting the glory of God, rebelling against God. Sin, by definition, is a vertical phenomenon. — John Piper Ephesians 4:30 says not to grieve the Holy Spirit of God, who seals us as God’s own. To grieve = to oppress or wrong; to inflict […]

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above the ashes

God has given me a powerful name: “the appearance, the bearing, of a phoenix.” It’s this name that the devil must destroy in order to defeat me. Names make one strong, mighty, significant, but they can also make one vulnerable. It is at the name of Jesus that every knee will bow, that expels devils […]

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hemmed in

O Lord, You have searched me and known me. … You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. … Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? ~ Psalm 139: 1, 5, 7 I have a stalker. Okay, not really. Not at all, […]

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this free kid

The other day in counseling, I was asked how I’ve seen or experienced God in the part of me that’s Chinese. I had to think for a moment, and I realized I’m not sure about this one. From the beginning, I met God in a pretty American setting. We met at a Chinese church in […]

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Shattered

A creature created from the earth, living with borrowed breaths from the Sculptor. Her heart is weak, and her flesh is ever more so. How does a creation with these qualities come to gain so much pride? She had asked for brokenness. She had asked for a glimpse of His heart for His people, for […]

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Break

Isaiah to the modern world is a great prophet, well known as a man of righteousness. Yet in the sixth chapter of his book, he cried out, “Woe to me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have […]

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a key of tears

You have taken account of my wanderings Put my tears in Your bottle Are they not in Your book? ~ Psalm 56:8 An emotional day following an emotional day. Eyes filled to the brim with tears of longing and loneliness. Cries caught in the throat as mourning is bitten back. She misses home. She misses […]

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Grace Complete

“It is finished.” The words that marked a dying man’s last breath. His words are a comfort to know that it is by grace we are saved, that not of works so that no one can boast. It is finished because He has finished it. What is it about grace that frightens us so much? […]

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