Tag archive for Jesus

Power

There are few choices more powerful than forgiveness.
It removes further self-inflicted poison from the lips of the victim.
It creates an opportunity for new beginnings.
It sets offender and offended free.
It initiates the healing process.
Forgiveness.
It is love in action.
It liberates from the inside out.
It starts the perpetrated on a new …

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My Favorite Thing About Jesus

There are some great things to love about Jesus.
He told awesome stories. He helped people. He inspires people to live better lives.
He did miracles. He pushed back against an oppressive religious system.
But, for me, there is one thing I love about Jesus above all else. …

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Hearing God’s Voice

A friend once shared with me that God was calling him to move across the country and go to seminary.
I responded by asking him, “What is her name?”
He then told me the name of the girl he was interested in.
There is a skepticism to the idea …

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Killing Time

~ by Leo Rock SJ
How do I kill time?
Let me count the ways.
By worrying about things
over which I have no control.
Like the past.
Like the future.
By harboring resentment
and anger
over hurts
real or imagined.
By disdaining the ordinary
or, rather, what I
so mindlessly
call ordinary.
By concern over what’s in it for …

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Doubt

Welcome to Good Friday. Are you suppose to say that with excitement?
It may surprise some of my friends, but there was a time in my life that I doubted my faith…to the point of considering leaving. I had so many questions, most of which only …

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A Struggler’s Prayer

Thank you, God, for this opportunity to trust you.

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Spiritual Life Planning

I’m looking to make some changes. Doing some spiritual life planning.
What do you do to be intentional about your spiritual growth? How are you growing closer to Jesus?
What habits do you have? What spiritual disciplines are a regular part of your life? What do you …

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Messy People

Thinking about the Woman at the Well from John 4. For that matter, consider Zacchaeus, Levi or Judas.
These people were messy. 
There is part of me that has falsely come to assume that these messy people got their act together and cleared out all the messiness from …

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How Are You Growing Your Prayer Life?

Last month, I mentioned how I’m growing in my prayer life. One of the things I am doing to grow is going to a church that believes in prayer. The second thing I am doing is using the prayers of others, primarily through prayer books.
Initially …

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Creating a Spiritual Life Plan

For a long time, I have been collecting ideas and books to help me grow spiritually. My issue has been that I want to read everything, do every spiritual exercise, listen to every sermon. As a result, I have not done anything.
No, really. I have …

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