Loving Jesus

What Am I: Crazy?

What Am I, Crazy? The Surrender Blues

Am I going crazy? I must be. I keep singing “the surrender blues.” What do I mean by that? Quite simply, that I shoot myself in the foot by not stepping completely into the grace of a yielded heart. I could be the happiest person alive (and so could you), if only I would trust more and fret less. Oh, how faith and grace smooth out the bumps in the road! My spiritual body gets black and blue from banging…

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Crucified With Christ

Crucified with Christ: The Strange Life of a Dead Man

Crucified with Christ? My walk with the Lord took a fascinating downturn on Sunday when I heard Him say, “I want you to lie down like a dead man in the midst of that situation.” When you are in a situation that is “killing” you, when everything you try to do by prayer and obedience seems to fail, perhaps it’s time to die more completely to self. In truth, I had been trying to say “not my will, but Thine…

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Childlike Freedom

Childlike Freedom: Why Live Without It?

Can the “little child” in you come out and play? I’m smiling, but I’m not joking: This is a very serious question. Listen to what Jesus had to say about the necessity of childlike freedom on a day when the disciples evidently weren’t getting it. He plunked a small child down right in front of them and issued this warning: “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter…

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Spiritual Protection

Spiritual Protection? He’s Got You Covered!

You may already have the best spiritual protection in the universe. Imagine that an immense football stadium’s dome is over your head. No matter where you go it covers you. The best angelic engineers built it, so you know with absolute assurance that you will never be afflicted by the rain or winds, sleet or snow, not even hurricanes or tornadoes. You are covered and protected against anything the weather may throw at you…

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