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    Shake Thyself From The Dust

    Arise. Sit Down.   Say what? What exactly is it that you want me to do? Should I stand, or shall I sit? I’m referring to the scripture found in Isaiah 52:2. My children and I got a good laugh out of the verse because, after all, the command does sound a bit ridiculous. I mean, who wants to stand up, only to be told to sit back down? Sounds like a lot of wasted energy to me. These three words “arise, sit down” perfectly sum up how I feel at times–confused, bewildered, unsure of what to do next. Having been thrown a generous array of conflicting commands throughout my life that tug me in opposing directions, I yearn for a…

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    Tall and Courageous

    Stand tall and be courageous.   That’s a mighty tall order for a generation of believers living in an increasingly wicked world. But yet, the counsel still stands:   Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid.  (Joshua 1:9)   **This post may contain affiliate links. Read more about my disclosures here. Some time ago, our family was reading from the book “The Borrowers” when we were struck by the following words: “…my brother said that, underneath, he thought they were frightened. It was because they were frightened, he thought, that they had grown so small. Each generation had become smaller and smaller, and more and more hidden.” (p. 9)   Our generation has been called to be the…

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    From Shame To Forgiveness: An Invitation To Come To The Table

    “Come to the table.” Those words. That invitation. That unbelievable invitation that is meant for each one of us. An invitation extended to us by Christ himself, to join him at the table. (See The Parable of the Great Banquet in Luke 14: 15-24) Christ was very good at preparing meals. And tables. The scriptures are replete with examples of Christ sitting with others around a table, sharing a meal together. “You prepare a table before me…” (Psalm 23:5)   Christ invites each and every one of us to join him at the table.   During the Last Supper, Christ “took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed…