The Tiller’s Hand

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ… Ephesians 4:15 Truth and love truly go hand in hand. It seems love was made for truth and truth for love. This is especially true in relationships and in these politically charged times. I can have the most powerful truth in the world, but if I don’t express it in love, it will likely land with a thud…and

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Swinging for the piñata!

Remember trying to crack open the piñata at a friend’s birthday party? There it was, a thing of great value, swinging from a rope tied to a tree limb. As a kid your only desire is to break it open. But you’re blind-folded, so you can’t ever hit the darn thing!   So a helpful parent comes along and does what all parents do at piñata parties.  First, they tell you to stop swinging (so they don’t get killed)! Then

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A Controlled Burn

I was at a local County Fire & Rescue Department recently conducting training when everyone’s radios began to squawk with alarms.  Two fire captains launched into action and left what I thought was quite valuable training!     😉 A call had gone out for a house fire. Not too soon later they returned to the training and shared that the call was a “false alarm”.  Someone mistook the smoke and flames from a controlled burn for a house fire.

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The Weeds Near Our Soul

I love the near-instant satisfaction of working in the yard. When it’s tended to regularly the results can be fabulous.   Just like our soul.   Tending to and caring for the health of our soul can result in its blossoming into the wonderful entity God intended.  The opposite is also true, right? My work in the yard involves a lot of weeding.  Identifying and removing the stuff that doesn’t belong.   Looking back on this past summer’s weeding, I

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The Crown Must Win

The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all. – Psalm 103:19 (NASB) When the King of England died in 1952, his daughter Elizabeth was thrust onto the world stage as Queen of the United Kingdom.   In the Netflix series “The Crown” the Queen’s grandmother writes Elizabeth a powerful letter as she prepares to become Queen.  In the letter she says: I have seen three great monarchies brought down through their failure to separate

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Do you live a “Groundhog Day” life?

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. – John 10:10 ESV ~~~~~ Perhaps you remember the movie – Groundhog Day.  Each day Bill Murray wakes up and relives the same day as before.  When he first realizes that his days are repeating, he takes advantage of his knowledge for his own benefit.  But later on, he realizes that perhaps he should make some life changes and that helps

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Pant, Thirst and Cleave to You Oh God

As the deer pants for the water brook, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Psalm 42: 1-2 (NASB) ~~~~~ I heard a speaker at a men’s retreat once say that he wakes each morning and runs to the cross of Christ. He wakes up and runs, not walks, to the cross….to Jesus. Wow.  What a stunning visual. That made me stop and ask: Who or what am I running to first each day?

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Water for our Heart

Back in the spring I drove to north Georgia with my son Will to see an old friend.  As is common in that area, there was a stream running alongside the road kicking up mesmerizing white water.  It was clear that the power of the moving water had cut a path through the rocks and earth.   When applied over time, water can have significant effect on the landscape. Jesus, the living water, can cut a path through our hearts and souls in a similar way.  Hardened crusty places

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