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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A Memorial Forever

So when the people set out from their tents to pass over the Jordan with the priests bearing lthe ark of the covenant before the people, 15 and as soon as those bearing the ark had come as far as the Jordan, and mthe feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink of the water (now nthe Jordan overflows all its banks othroughout the time of harvest), 16 the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap very far away, at Adam, the city that is beside pZarethan, ...

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New Life

It happened. Finally. It started over the weekend and today in even greater splendor. It’s Spring in Pennsylvania. Yep, I looked outside and there it was. Leaves unfurling like “Old Glory”. I wanted to salute. In our window boxes were tulips that opened their petals seemingly overnight - tucked in among the pansies that my amazing wife planted last week. Vibrant with new life. The boy birds are chasing the girl birds. Acting up when a rival comes to challenge their manhood. The grass ...

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Unplanned

What was unplanned was me writing about Unplanned. Unplanned is a movie based on a true story of Abby Johnson who became the youngest clinic director in the history of Planned Parenthood, then a life-changing experience turned her into an anti-abortion activist. Joyce Slayton from Common Sense Media describes the opening scene in this way. “Viewers see two "procedures": a surgical abortion and a chemical abortion (via RU486). In the first scene, a woman cries, and there are images of a ...

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