Graced to Be

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I offer You, O Lord,
The ground of my being,
The deep from wither
My thoughts and prayers arise.

O Holy Spirit,
Hover over the abyss within,
To grace the land
Rising out of my chaos,
Like the signal blessing
Of the dove of peace,
And a new beginning
Over the waters
After the Flood.

Free me from sin and disorder,
That my unique soul
May shout for joy,
Even for the wonder
That I am,
That You rejoice
To reveal me to be
In true humility,
That I may awaken
To give You due
Honor and praise.

Break up the clods
Of my ignorance
And self-satisfaction.
Plow my field cross hatch,
Plant my furrows with gospel seed.
Water me
That I may be a garden
Of hidden delights,
And a comfort to You
In Your rest.

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Walking > Running


We tend to run from God almost constantly. Let me bring up some examples –

  • Putting your significant other above God?
  • Clinging more to the worldly objects rather than your bible and your Savior?
  • Throwing God out of your life for a little bit, because you think you’re so independent that you can do this by yourself?

We tend to focus more on someone or something else rather than God and our faith. Yes, we are only human, but we are also Christians. We can’t just bring up the “human” card every time we betray God and run away from Him, because He knows we’re only human. He also made us strong, and when we feel like we’re either too weak or too strong, He wants us to lean on Him. It’s an important factor on any relationships we have – it’s about supporting each other and not going through…

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Meet Simon

This is an excerpt from a Christian Fiction I am working on.  I am hoping to have it published on Amazon before August, but I wanted to share with you all just a small taste of my story and what you thought of it.  Please enjoy:            BING-BONG!  Simon stepped out … Continue reading Meet Simon

I am…a Fighter

Who I am in Jesus

I am…a Fighter

I am...Fighter

“11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:11-17 NIV

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Could the Gospel Writers Withstand the Scrutiny of a Lawyer?

Cyber Penance


By John Warwick Montgomery

Lawyers distinguish between making claims (almost anyone can file a lawsuit) and proving the case (which is possible only on the basis of good evidence). Lawyers, therefore, are in the evidence business and will not accept any claims (including religious claims) without good reason to do so. It is highly significant, then, that throughout history so many great lawyers, judges, and legal scholars have come to Christian belief.

This is due in large part to the solidity of the Gospel testimony to Jesus Christ. The Gospel records qualify under the “ancient documents rule” and would be admitted as evidence in any common law court. They assert that they are firsthand, nonhearsay testimony to Jesus Christ (1 Jn 1:1, etc.) or are the product of careful research concerning Him (Lk.1:1-4). Documents, like defendants, are innocent until proven guilty, and the critics have not been able to impugn…

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