Peace and Joy

Win the Race - By Slowing Down

Win the Race – By Slowing Down!

Do you want to “win the race” Paul spoke of? Then you may need to slow down and let Jesus catch up with you. Somewhere along the way I started saying this to myself and have been handing it out like candy to others ever since. My guess is that most of us view lagging way behind the Lord as the epitome of unfaithfulness. What’s wrong with those stragglers? Don’t they know Jesus has things for them to do? Shouldn’t…

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Grace Breaks Through - Elevator

Grace Breaks Through When You Take the Elevator!

Watch how grace breaks through even the most heavily fortified pass. Since staying well-connected to God and His grace “powers up” our inner life with peace and confidence. This access to the “grace in which we stand” is critical. The enemy knows this, perhaps even better than we do. That’s why he fights so hard to keep us from passing through. Sure, it’s easy enough to “pass through the heavenlies” and be refreshed in the presence of the Lord at…

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Master Your Own State (and Rule with Jesus as King)

You can be the master of your own state! I’m talking about your inner state, of course, not some banana republic with you playing dictator. That kind of mastery never works in the real world anyway. (However, to see a comic version of the attempt, check out “The Man Who Would Be King.”) We don’t even get to rule over our inner state with the iron fist of a tyrant. We can try, but bullying our inner self never produces…

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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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