Beauty Can Kill You

Men, beauty, whatever it is — natural beauty, a woman, music, art — arouses and puts us in touch with deep longing. A deep, instinctual longing for something much larger, something above and beyond the beauty presenting itself to us.

Beauty is powerful and mysterious. We need it. We long for it. Yet, beauty can kill you if you don’t understand it.

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Often, we settle and attach our longing to the face of beauty, not understanding that it is calling us to something more.

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Often, It’s Best to Just Stop Talking!

stop talking, horseWhat comes out of our mouths shapes things. Even more, our words create things.

What we say can also torch our lives.

Here’s what we now know from psychology, science, human achievement and business — our personal language affects our world.

Sometimes it’s best (for everything and everyone concerned!) that we just stop talking.

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Is Self-Sabotage Giving Space to Unanswered Prayers?

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Several days ago, I sensed the Holy Spirit nudging me into a fresh truth about unanswered prayers … I was reading through the book of James in Fairchild Chapel on the campus of Oberlin College. Photo: Fairchild Chapel

I think we can say that prayer (conversing and interacting with the Creator) is an unlimited pursuit!

We have the opportunity to grow and increase in prayer. The heavens are the limit! Thomas Brooks said, O the power of private prayer! I hath a kind of omnipotency in it.”

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Resurrection Life in You. Right Now. Right Here.

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“I am the resurrection and the life. Now.”

We can all live a new life … a life which is far beyond imagination.

Raising someone (or something) to life — resurrection life — now that is a showcase of God’s energy!

Lazarus was sick and died. He was entombed for 4 days. And yet the first thing Jesus says to his sister is, “Your brother shall rise again.”

What Martha did not know was that Jesus was ready to radically shift her perception and experience.

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33 Stellar Quotes About the Cross

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“No cross, no crown.” — William Penn

Jesus not only died ‘for’ us; He died ‘as’ us. It is through the deep working of the cross in our lives, that we really discover who we are, who we’re meant to be …

“Life is wasted if we do not grasp the glory of the cross, cherish it for the treasure that it is, and cleave to it as the highest price of every pleasure and the deepest comfort in every pain. What was once foolishness to us — a crucified God — must become our wisdom and our power and our only boast in this world.”    John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life

“… the cross of popular evangelicalism is not the cross of the New Testament. It is, rather, a new bright ornament upon the bosom of a self-assured and carnal Christianity … the old cross slew men; the new cross entertains them.”    A.W. Tozer, The Divine Conquest

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