A few weeks ago, Keith Giles, a wonderful saint who writes books and blogs about Jesus and His Kingdom at subversive1, among other places, featured an excerpt from The Path of Freedom as a guest post at his place. I'd love for you to go read it there, and check out Keith's heart for . . .
Scattered. Lost. Surrounded. Overwhelmed. Suffocated. Grasping. Wandering. Distant. Alone. Hurt. Shamed. Dirty. Unloved. Confused. Afraid. Dark. Guilt. Despair. Restless. Heavy. Unfulfilled. Beaten. Victim. Sinner. . . .
The Life of following Jesus, while abundant, is not without hardships. Jesus never promised that choosing Him would mean the end of our problems. In fact, many times, He tells us that in choosing Him, we would invite problems. This is part of counting the cost of taking up our Cross . . .
There is a really good chance, that if you call yourself a Christian, you go to church. Maybe you were seemingly born into this, dedicated as a newborn, and have never known anything else. Some, found their way into the church "accidentally," as if drawn there by Another Place. . . .
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... HAPPY NEW YEAR! The goofy hats were on. Leis around the necks. Flutes of champagne (or sparkling apple cider for the girls) tipped back. Obligatory kisses smooched. Prayer was offered in the newborn minutes of the New Year... Then, a bite of . . .