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What happens when we “Go Straight?”

What happens when we “Go Straight?”

And if we are looking for something FROM the other person, that isn't humility. Relationships are messy. A relationship is "the state of being connected." In our day to day lives, we are connected with other people. And when we are connecting ...
Freedom Takes Time

Freedom Takes Time

Freedom Takes Time. We are all "held" by something in our lives and that something often comes in between us and God. Whether it is our pain, our shame, our fear, our anger . . . unless we truly have experienced full atonement (at one with ...
Refusing to Live with Clipped Wings!

Refusing to Live with Clipped Wings!

"Consider our little friend here," Papa began. "Most birds were created to fly. Being grounded for them is a limitation within their ability to fly, not the other way around. You, on the other hand, were created to be loved. So for you to live ...
Not at the Mercy of an Angry God

Not at the Mercy of an Angry God

If you open up Google or any search engine and type "sinners," "in the hands of an angry God" pops up to complete that search line. Little did I know this was one of "the most famous sermons ever preached" and it is why many of us have grown ...
Lost in the Mountains

Lost in the Mountains

When I was 12 years old, my youth group went on a picnic/Saturday night fun night in Julian Price Park, off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Boone, N.C.. While there, we decided that we would go on the trail and walk to the waterfall. The trail ...
Consumed by “What Ifs”

Consumed by “What Ifs”

Author Baxter Kruger tells a story of once when he was a student at Old Miss, he ran into Miss Mississippi. He knew her from several previous conversations, so when he literally bumped into her, he greeted her. It was around Homecoming, which ...
Mic Drop: We’ve Got It Wrong

Mic Drop: We’ve Got It Wrong

Saturday morning, after The Shack previewed in the theaters on Friday, a clergy friend of mine posted a comment asking people to stop "the hating" towards The Shack. Apparently, in his Facebook feed, folks were saying that people who let this ...
How Can True Love Be Blasphemy?

How Can True Love Be Blasphemy?

Many critics of The Shack say it is blasphemy! How can God first of all be portrayed as a woman, much less an African American woman? One reviewer said, "Young's daring portrayal of the Trinity as 'eccentric personalities with offbeat ways of ...
Real Growth Requires Risk

Real Growth Requires Risk

Real growth requires risk. "Daddy?" "Yes, honey?" "Will I ever have to jump off a cliff?" "No, honey. I will never ask you to jump off a cliff, never, ever, ever." "Then will God ask me to jump off a cliff?" "No, Missy. He would never ask you ...
Some Simplicity Isn’t Bad!

Some Simplicity Isn’t Bad!

In the intro to The Shack, Mack's friend describes Mack's transformation AFTER visiting the shack as this . . . "But I have to tell you that I've never been around another adult who lives life with such simplicity and joy. Somehow he has ...
You Can’t Force Love

You Can’t Force Love

"Love that is forced is no love at all." In the beginning of God's relationship with humanity we see God giving human beings the opportunity to choose between good and evil. Humanity misused our free will and instead of choosing to follow ...
Beyond What We Can Fathom!

Beyond What We Can Fathom!

The problem is we just don't understand God. For as long as there has been human thought people have been trying to understand God. As human thought has developed and evolved over the millennia, we have continued to struggle with the concept ...

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