Enduring The Wilderness

Throughout the Old and New Testament, we see people experience the wilderness and find God in the midst of it. Moses came out of the wilderness, ready to lead God’s people out of Egypt: in the wilderness of Horeb, Elijah heard the still small voice of God. Hagar, the...

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Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment

Matthew 7:1-2, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. I must confess I grow weary of the day to day judgments that I read and hear about. The volume...

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Close the Gap

“I wanted my father to close the gap between us.” I needed to know that he cared about me. Without that knowledge, I eventually became a “tell me what to do” kind of person. This way, I could show you how good I could be. Without my father initiating towards me, I...

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Mature Faith

Matthew 8:23-27, Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He...

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Fear of Intimacy

One of the most terrifying experiences for me was when I began to let others know about my hopes, dreams, fears, and painful past. The amount of risk this entailed required me to find the courage I had never thought possible. The risk of being hurt was the barrier...

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Seeking His Face

A couple of weeks ago I grabbed A.W. Tozer's book The Pursuit of God off the shelf and started to read it for about the tenth time. Tozer always brings me back to what it means to “follow Christ.” He talks about being “children of the burning heart” and writes,...

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Strength in Weakness

We just finished our winter 2019 Healing Path class and on the final night, we have a potluck and testimonies. Imagine that, getting up in front of forty people and sharing with them what God has been revealing over the last ten weeks. Not everyone signs up to share...

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Distracted From His Presence

I’ve lived in Silicon Valley for almost eighteen years and throughout those years I’ve watched people become disgusted with the manner of life in the valley. I remember an individual telling me the valley was “toxic to his soul.” I picked this up pretty quickly when I...

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Radical Dependence in the Face of Worry

While I was having lunch with a friend who is also single, we began to talk about the difficulty of remaining in Silicon Valley because of rising rents, gas prices, health insurance, car repair and those unannounced financial issues that arise every now and then. I...

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Will I Survive the Flood?

We live in a time where it is difficult to keep up with all the information that is available for us to read, listen to or watch. The question I ask my friends is what are you doing with all that information? Most of them reply, "nothing." Our heads are “stuffed” with...

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