Doubt must be accompanied by darkness. But God doesn’t remove doubt. Instead, He re-routes it so that doubt can have it’s final purpose in making you the spiritual king and son that He wants you to be. And when God peels away the noise… the noise of our own flawed intuition… the noise of conventional wisdom… callous voices from naysayers… he can see out. And we will see greatness. A greatness in God, his Grace, and how this will forge greatness in you. It will be “so much more ” (Luke 12:28) than what we “think or imagine” (Eph 2:20) that the “things of this world will become strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” The lion isn’t as loud anymore, the sun isn’t the brightest thing anymore, the ocean is small by comparison; we even start to measure time by a different dimension. … More Doubt. Doubt. Let it all out. These are things I can do without. Part 2.
This was actually a reply to one of my readers who asked that beautiful, honest question: “… in your many years of pain, suffering and unfairness, did you doubt God?” I echo Miguel de Unauno who said, “Faith which does not doubt is dead faith”. … More Doubt, Doubt, Let it all out. These are the things I can do without. Part 1.
Grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us more—no amount of spiritual calisthenics and renunciations, no amount of knowledge gained from seminaries and divinity schools, no amount of crusading on behalf of righteous causes. And grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us less—no amount of racism or pride or pornography or adultery or even murder. Grace means that God already loves us as much as an infinite God can possibly love. (from What’s So Amazing About Grace?)
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What do Stephen Curry and King David have in common? Both took down giants from long range. Both changed the game with skill sets practiced in secret that the world didn’t recognize until it mattered. Both acknowledged where this strength came from. … More Stephen Curry: I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me (Phil 4:13)
“Be not the slave of your own past – plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Jesus is your Map Hacker and Game Changer. He will customize that sublime sea to get you where you need to be. He will satisfy your free-will and His sovereignty in perfect balance to get you there. Therefore you won’t lose yourself in the process but be fully you as He is fully God. … More Work around your Abyss with Jesus (Part 2)
Being poor and rich, comfortable or suffering has no meaning on it’s own. Darkness and light within one’s journey has superficial meaning on it’s own. But in the hands of a master artist, dark and light patches in our lives can be made into a beautiful painting, filled with great meaning. And the whole is … More Unpacking “Redemption”