To Make a Difference in Someone’s Life

As part of a program offered by Healing Care Ministries entitled Rooted Colleen & I facilitate a nearly year-long cohort meeting in our region. As participants, we have weekday assignments following teaching on specific topics designed to aid us in our journey of spiritual maturity. At the top of the page in our workbook, we open our quiet time by considering a simple question. “Holy Spirit Come, My Prayer Today…….” In one of those moments, I asked God to speak to my heart and ...

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Neighboring Well

It was clear that God asked me to bring a meal to our neighbor this past Sunday. We had plenty of chili leftover after feeding friends and family. It just made sense that I would share it with someone close by. The back story being that our neighbor lives a pretty reclusive life. Very little interaction with us except an occasional hello or good morning. Which is why I thought this would be a nice gesture. The oddest thing happened. He turned down the offer. There I stood on his doorstep ...

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Three Sides to Every Story

“The health of any relationship or organization is a function of the lag time between identifying and discussing problems.” – Crucial Conversations Unity Not Division I am profoundly disturbed by not only the political discourse but the climate of hostility that exists today in this country. Especially when it’s played out on social media (which is neither social or media) and even more alarmingly between people who call themselves Christ-followers. The cosmic divide is insane at ...

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God’s Purpose or Mine?

"He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side…" Mark 6:45 I subscribe to a daily email from Oswald Chambers ministry. It's based on one of my all-time favorite writings by Chambers - My Utmost for His Highest. What floored me was the alignment in His message below with the blog I posted just a day prior. Then again, God works that way with me. He reminds me of HIS nature and the direction He has for me at the moment. As I struggle with the reality of this ...

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Control Is An Illusion

Trying to make this life work on my own terms is just down-right futile. If you’ve been paying any attention to my latest musings on the EBM blog, Instagram, or FB, you’ve seen a pattern begin to develop. For instance, deciding our life is manageable without Him, to resist the temptation to check out, to facing the unknown, to the concept of divine control, to understanding the value of rest and to the requirements of waiting on God. It all seems a bit surreal to me. God’s been showing ...

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Facing the Unknown

Occasionally I come across share-worthy wisdom from our like-minded ministry "partners". Individuals or organizations that are aligned with the philosophy and core messaging of Embracing Brokenness Ministries. No exception today as I read Charles Stanley's In Touch Devotional. May it not only bless you but challenge you to a different way of thinking. Hebrews 11:23-29 Tucked into Hebrews 11 is a short phrase that indicated Moses’ approach to life: “for he endured, as seeing Him who is ...

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God’s Got This – He Really Does!

For as long as I’ve been on this journey I still doubt. I let fear reign - even though my experience tells me that God always comes through. I suppose I don’t trust myself to make the right decisions. When “things” get a little tough I blame me, someone else, or Him if I feel like being the victim. It’s a lie straight from hell. When I conjure up the notion that life must be orchestrated by me, not God, I negate the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made to save me. How ridiculous. And the ...

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The Meaning of Life

I love summertime. It has this renewed spirit about it. I also get to celebrate our 4th of July wedding anniversary with the whole nation. Fireworks just for us. I look for the little rescues that come from a vacation or a weekend trip to the beach. It's a way for me to connect with the heart of God and do a reset from the "drudgery" of life. Or so it seems. I was reminded of how God really feels about me and how intentional His purposes are for me when John Eldredge sent out his monthly ...

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Lazarus – A Second Chance at Life

Do you know how things happen in three’s? Well, I got one for you. I decided to lead with “Imaginative Prayer”, an Ignatian contemplative exercise, in our Identity Practices class at the Mission where my wife, Colleen, works. The story of Lazarus in John 11 seemed like the perfect option. So, we read through it and had the group picture themselves in the scene as quiet music played in the background. The experience was deeply spiritual followed by a time of robust discussion. The very ...

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May 14, 1948 – He’s Coming Back Soon

“May 14, 1948, changed everything. Suddenly the state of Israel was back in existence. Jews were returning. They were making the desert bloom and constructing great cities and building a mighty army.” “What could explain such dramatic, unexpected developments? I didn’t have an answer. True, there were certain historical and sociological and geopolitical realities that made the rebirth of Israel as a modern nation more likely in the mid-20th-century than ever before. The collapse of ...

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