Wednesday, November 10, 2010

So, Who Are You Anyway?

Sometimes a song just reaches out, slaps you, and challenges you to engage in some serious self examination. This powerful song has inspired me to not be so wishy-washy with my walk in Christ. I hope it does the same for anyone else who reads this who, like me, sometimes struggles with a spiritual identity crisis.

--Newsboys - Born again


Friday, October 15, 2010

The Prayer Matrix

How much time do you spend in prayer a day? Are you satisfied with your time with God, or do you wish for something deeper and richer? This small book on prayer by David Jeremiah asks some big and challenging questions. Read more.


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Time for Grace

All of us need to be aware of just how much grace we are given in this life by God. Time for Grace is a novel where the title takes on multiple meanings in the lives of the characters. Read more.


Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Purpose of Faith

Despite our best intentions, all of us blow it sometimes. It's what comes with being human and not God. Yet God has given us a way to go beyond our failures, to rise above our circumstances and live the life He has planned for us. This gift is called faith, and with it we can see the mistakes we make as lessons to make us stronger, and all the hurdles that once seemed insurmountable as stepping stones to a brighter future in Him. This song is about finding that faith we so desperately need.

--Kutless - What Faith Can Do


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Our God Is Love

Here's another great song from Hillsong. Enjoy.


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Greatness of Our God

Here is a fantastic worship song from Hillsong. I hope you enjoy it.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Too Cute To Pass Up

Starting kids out with prayer at a young age is important. It can also be cute beyond measure. Enjoy.


Monday, July 12, 2010

A Swift Twist

Relationships take work, but part of our job on earth is to work at them and not simply endure them. The result of some time, effort and prayer is the enrichment of your marriage or friendship. God didn't call us to isolation, so may each of us seek His counsel as to just how best to minister to those whom He has given us to love.


Monday, June 28, 2010

Enjoy this celebration of Mommyhood. The ending really brings it all home and reflects the mother's heart.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Making the Most of Every Moment

Do we make the most of every moment while here on Earth? Of course not. But if we truly had an understanding of how important it was to live out our lives as an effective witness for Christ on a daily basis (while we still have time to do so), would it change our time management in such a way that we would make more of the moments count?


Friday, June 11, 2010


Have a box of tissues handy when you watch this video. The song is pretty good, as well. Like all GodTube videos, you may have to wait a minute for it to load.


Monday, May 31, 2010

Got Fruit?

How are you stocked with the fruit of the Spirit?

Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Skinny on Worship

The Skit Guys shed some uncomfortable light on our misconceptions about worship.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Skinny on Fasting

The Skit Guys are back with some of the misconceptions about fasting.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Cute Clip

Here's one for the kid in all of us. Plus, it's a great reminder.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Taking a Break

I'm taking a break for a bit from the daily updates. Feel free, though, to browse the archives for posts you may have missed or want to read again.


Friday, May 14, 2010

Humble Home

The Temple of the Soul

Thus saith the high and lofty One,
Inhabiting eternity;
Earth is My footstool, Heaven My throne,
What temple will ye build for Me?
Restore Me now Mine own.

Behold the temple of My choice;
My dwelling is the humble soul;
To make the broken heart rejoice,
The wounded spirit to make whole;
Then hearken to My voice.

Here, O Thou high and lofty One,
Bow down Thine heavens to dwell with me;
Here plant Thy footstool, raise Thy throne,
Rebuild Thy fallen sanctuary;
I yield Thee back Thine own.

Behold the temple of Thy choice,
Eternity within my soul;
Now make the broken heart rejoice,
The wounded spirit now make whole;
Lord! I have heard Thy voice.

..from Sacred Poems and Hymns by James Montgomery

Thursday, May 13, 2010

What Price A Soul?

The Soul

What is the thing of greatest price,
The whole creation round?
That, which was lost in Paradise,
That, which in Christ is found.

The soul of man,--Jehovah's breath!
That keeps two worlds at strife;
Hell moves beneath to work its death,
Heaven stoops to give it life.

God, to reclaim it, did not spare
His well-beloved Son;
Jesus, to save it, deign'd to bear
The Sins of all in One.

The Holy Spirit sealed the plan,
And pledged the blood divine,
To ransom every soul of man;
That price was paid for mine.

And is this treasure borne below
In earthly vessels frail;
Can none its utmost value know,
Till flesh and spirit fail?

Then let us gather round the Cross,
This knowledge to obtain,
Not by the soul's eternal loss,
But everlasting gain.

..from Sacred Poems and Hymns by James Montgomery

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Heavenly Unity

The Unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace

The glorious universe around,
The heavens with all their train,
Sun, moon, and stars, are firmly bound,
In one mysterious chain.

The earth, the ocean, and the sky,
To form one world agree,
Where all that walk, or swim, or fly,
Compose one family.

God in creation thus displays
His wisdom and His might,
While all His works with all His ways
Harmoniously unite.

In one fraternal bond of love,
One fellowship of mind,
The saints below, and saints above,
Their bliss and glory find.

Here, in their house of pilgrimage,
Thy statutes are their song;
There, through one bright eternal age,
Thy praises they prolong.

Lord, may our union form a part
Of that thrice happy whole,
Derive its pulse from Thee the Heart,
Its life from Thee the Soul.

--from Sacred Poems and Hymns by James Montgomery


Tuesday, May 11, 2010


The Guilt and Folly of Denying God

"There is a God," all Nature cries,
All Knowledge proves "there is a God:"
"There is no God," the Fool replies,
Whose heart is duller than the clod.

The grateful clod, refresh'd with rains,
Pours flowers along its Maker's path;
But the Fool's heart a Fool's remains,
Untouch'd by love, unmoved by wrath.

And yet the wretch himself deceives;
While fiends believe, and trembling fly,
He trembles though he disbelieves;
And conscience gives his life the lie.

Can guilt, can madness further go?
Yes, his who God in works denies,
Whose creed saith "Yes," whose life says "No:"
Am I more holy, just, and wise?

My soul, sink down in shame and grief;
So fair without, so foul within;
Thy faith is specious unbelief,
Thy righteousness, self-righteous sin.

O God! Thou art, Thou surely art,
And those who truly seek Thee find;
Put Thou Thy laws into my heart,
In mercy write them on my mind.

Light in Thy light I long to see,
Thy glory in Thy goodness trace;
Ah! then reveal Thy Son in me,
Through faith may I be saved by grace.

..from Sacred Poems and Hymns by James Montgomery

Monday, May 10, 2010

God All In All

God All In All

Hail, all hail, the King of kings!
On His throne of sovereignty,
By whose will, whose word, all things
Are, and were, and yet shall be.

Hail Him, all that move and breathe,
On His throne of Providence;
To His family beneath,
Life and health diffusing thence.

Hail Him on His throne of grace,
God our Father reconciled,
Changing, from our fallen race,
Many a foe into a child.

Hail Him on His throne of light,
O'er His family above,
From the beatific sight,
Sending peace, and joy, and love.

Hail, all hail, the King of kings,
When on earth He deigns to dwell,
Heaven into the soul He brings,
God with us, Immanuel.

Come, O come! and for Thy throne,
King of kings, each heart prepare;
Reign triumphant, reign alone,
Lord of lords, for ever there.

..from Sacred Poems and Hymns by James Montgomery


Friday, May 7, 2010

As You Sail Your Craft...

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As you sail your craft
On life's choppy seas
May it always be God's
Hand on the rudder.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Seeker

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Start your day
By seeking His face
To direct your steps
And fulfill His plans.


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Worn-Out Witness?

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Don't let rustiness and disuse
Be the defining qualities
Of your Christian life.


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tiny Messages

Even the tiniest things
Are often messages of love
From God's heart to ours.


Monday, May 3, 2010

Find a Quiet Place...

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Find a quiet place
And let your heart
Seek His face today.

Friday, April 30, 2010


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May we be windows
Revealing His life within us
To those still in darkness.


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Heritage of Faith

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May we always be grateful
For the legacy of faith
Left in our keeping from those
Who have gone before.


Wednesday, April 28, 2010


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Find a place and reflect
On all God has done
And is still doing
In your life.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010


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Do you still long for His coming?


Monday, April 26, 2010


Take time to remember
All the tiny blessings from God
That color your life today.


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Consuming Fire

--Third Day - Consuming Fire


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Love Is Here

--Tenth Avenue North - Love Is Here


Friday, April 23, 2010

The Return

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Are you looking forward to His return?


Thursday, April 22, 2010

When All Seems Lost

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When all seems lost
Turn to the One
Who restores all hope
And wipes away every tear.


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Simple Pleasures

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Take time to smell the flowers
And enjoy the simple blessings
That God provides to enrich our days.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Watchers

The whole world is watching us,
Waiting to see if our claim of Christ
Makes any difference in our lives.
What will the world see in your life today?


Monday, April 19, 2010

Tired Out

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Tired of it all?
Let Christ bear your burdens
And give you rest.


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Altars in the Street

So many lives are flickering out like untrimmed candles in our cities. Maybe we can't always be there because of distance or time to show them the love of Christ in a tangible way, but what is to stop us from praying fervently for them right now and wherever or whenever else God lays them on our hearts?

--Tait - Altars


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Giving It All Up

It is surprisingly easy for our lives to veer out of control. Fear and uncertainty can swallow us whole in these times if we let them. Yet if we let go of our death grip on our lives and instead let God be in charge of them completely, we can know His incredible peace even in the midst of the chaos surrounding us.

--Tait - Lose This Life


Friday, April 16, 2010

God of Nature, God of Grace

 The Glory of God in Creation

The God of nature and of grace
In all His works appears;
His goodness through the earth we trace,
His grandeur in the spheres.

Behold this fair and fertile globe
By Him in wisdom plann'd;
'Twas He who girded, like a robe,
The ocean round the land.

Lift to the arch of heaven your eye
Thither His path pursue;
His glory, boundless as the sky,
O'erwhelms the wondering view.

How excellent, O Lord, Thy name
In all creation's lines!
Spread through eternity, Thy fame
With rising lustre shines.

These lower works, that swell Thy praise
High as man's thoughts can tower,
Are but a portion of Thy ways,
The hiding of Thy power.

O shouldst Thou rend aside the veil,
And show thy dwelling-place,
The souls which thou hast made would fail
'Twere death to see Thy face.

Can none behold that face and live?
Yea, sinners may draw near:
The Lord is kind, and will forgive,
His love shall cast out fear.

Millions amidst His presence stand,
Who feel, while they adore,
Fulness of joy at His right hand,
And pleasures evermore.

--from Sacred Poems and Hymns by James Montgomery


Thursday, April 15, 2010

God Spoke

God the Creator

Praise the High, the Holy One!
God o'er all, the first, the last:
For He spake, and it was done;
He commanded, it stood fast.

At His word, from darkness light,
Harmony from discord broke;
Weakness started into might,
Beauty out of dust awoke:

Fire and water, air and earth,
Heard His voice and hush'd their strife:
Death itself, by wondrous birth,
Grew the parent of all life.

Plant and flower, and herb and tree,
Sprang spontaneous from the sod;
Sun and moon, and land and sea,
Day and night, beheld their God.

Fishes, fowls upon the wing,
Beasts, and all that creep or fly,
Every breathing, moving thing,
Peopled forest, flood, and sky.

But while all was fair and good,
All accordant to His will,
None their Maker understood,
Mind and thought were wanting still.

God, His glory to display,
With His image crown'd the whole,
Breath'd His Spirit into clay,
And made man a living soul.

Hallelujah, praise the One
God o'er all, the first, the last:
For He spake, and it was done;
He commanded, it stood fast.

--from Sacred Poems and Hymns by James Montgomery


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Beginnings and Endings

The Creation and Dissolution of all Things

In the beginning, God said "Be!"
And all things were,--heaven, earth, and sea:
God, in the end, once more will say,
"Perish!" and all shall pass away.

But Thou, O Lord! for ever art:
The orb of Thine eternity
Is one great whole, without a part;
Past, present, future, meet in Thee.

Convinced of sin, my soul would bend
Before Thee in the lowest dust;
Yet to Thy Throne by prayer ascend,
With trembling awe and childlike trust.

O look in loving-kindness down
On a frail worm with Thee at strife;
Eternal death were in Thy frown,
Thy smile will be eternal life!

--from Sacred Hymns and Poems by James Montgomery


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord

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Hymn 1

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord,
God of Hosts! when heaven and earth,
Out of darkness at Thy word
Issued into glorious birth,
All Thy works before Thee stood,
And Thine eye beheld them good,
While they sang with sweet accord,
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord!

Holy, Holy, Holy! Thee,
One Jehovah evermore,
Father, Son, and Spirit! we,
Dust and ashes, would adore;
Lightly by the world esteem'd,
From that world by Thee redeem'd,
Sing we here with glad accord,
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord!

Holy, Holy, Holy! All
Heaven's triumphant choirs shall sing,
When the ransom'd nations fall
At the footstool of their King:
Then shall saints and seraphim,
Hearts and voices swell one hymn,
Round the Throne with full accord,
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord!
--from Sacred Poems and Hymns by James Montgomery

Monday, April 12, 2010

An Eye Toward Our Future

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We've waited so long, but one day soon we'll see Him face-to-face.


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Works of Living Art

All of the wonders of nature are an expression of God's love for us. So, too, was Christ's death on the cross as a way to bring mankind back to Him. Now God wants to express His love again, but this time using us to touch the world we live in. Are we willing to be his works of living art?

--Rebecca St. James - Expressions of Love


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Total Trust

We must give all of ourselves to God, not keeping back one iota of our will or being, to truly know our purpose in this life. Total trust is what He asks of you and me, not to take advantage of us as an imperfect person would, but to transform us into all we were meant to be when He created us in the first place. This, as scary as it might seem for all of us who feel we must remain in control, is the only path to true joy and fulfillment.

--Aaron Shust - To God Alone


Friday, April 9, 2010

Led By The Father

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May your trust in the Lord
Be like that of small child's,
Willing to be led toward wonders
By the faithful hand of his father.


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Simple Wonders

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Take time to enjoy His simple wonders.


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Taking Joy

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Take time to take joy in the Lord and his goodness.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Pain Medicine

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No matter what you're going through
God's door is always open.


Monday, April 5, 2010

Making a Splash

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Why settle for mediocrity in your Christian walk?
Make a splash, and let His grace in your life be known.


Sunday, April 4, 2010


We care about so many things that are unimportant in the long run. May we this Easter arise from our short-term outlook and prepare our hearts and lives for Christ's return, applying an eternal, God-oriented perspective to our present actions and attitudes.

--Shane & Shane - Arise


Saturday, April 3, 2010

Faithful to Forgive

If we take an honest look at ourselves, our thought lives, and our actions, we can see better than anyone else just how utterly sinful we are. Yet despite all of this God still loves us and wants a relationship with us. As we confess our sins to Him he is faithful to forgive us. What a glorious feeling it is to be forgiven.

--Sanctus Real - Forgiven


Friday, April 2, 2010

Dancing in His Presence

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When you feel God's love embracing your spirit
Don't be afraid to dance in His presence.


Thursday, April 1, 2010

April Fool's Day Focus

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If you must play the fool today
Be a fool for Christ.


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Time Change

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No matter how hard we try
We can't change how much time we have.
Let's make the best of what remains
By living fully for Christ.


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Great Big World

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There's a great, big world out there.
Live in it for Him today.


Monday, March 29, 2010


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May you constantly be bathed in the Light of his presence.


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Fully Cognizant

How easy it is to leave the sanctuary on a Sunday morning and immediately slip back into our self-absorbed mode of thought and behavior. We seem to forget, often from the moment the last prayer ends, that we are not alone in this world and have a purpose, a destiny to fulfill in Christ. May all of us be more aware today and from now on of who we truly are in Him.

--Salvador - Aware


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Inner Transformation

After Christ saves us He doesn't just leave us like we were. Instead, He sends his Spirit to transform us into his image. He breaks through the barriers we erect in order to fill us with his life-changing love and purpose. Aren't you glad?

--Nate Sallie - Breakthrough


Friday, March 26, 2010

The Lord is faithful ♥

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Daily Touch

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May His Word touch and change you daily, wherever you are.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Always Remember...

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Endless Opportunities

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So many opportunities to serve Him,
So many lives to touch with His life,
So many choices...Where to begin?
Let His Spirit be your guide.


Monday, March 22, 2010


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May you feel God's cascading love and grace in your life today.


Sunday, March 21, 2010

What a Wonder

What a wonder it is that God loves us! No matter how messed-up we are, He still cares enough to come to us with comfort and healing when we turn to Him.

--Rush of Fools - Wonder of the World


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Beating the System

There is a desire on the enemy's part to first crush us and then mold us into the warped and defeated image that suits him and this world the best. Yet if we hold fast to Christ and stand our ground we can beat the system set in place to conquer us.

--Petra - Beat the System


Friday, March 19, 2010

Remember He's Coming

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"Someday He's coming, Oh glorious day!"


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Simple Wonders

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Just another one of God's simple wonders...


Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Draw close to God and watch His blessings overflow in your life.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Heavenly Touch

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And some days God seems so near...


Monday, March 15, 2010


Some days we need as many as we can get.
Some days we need to give them, too.


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Who We Are

Most of us have a healthy self-image, but is it healthy by the world's standards or in God's eyes? True understanding of who we are comes in understanding who we are in Christ, and that self-image is both humbling and invigorating. With Him we are something loved and treasured, but without Him, what are we really?

--Twila Paris - What Am I Without You


Saturday, March 13, 2010

Desert Dwelling

As Christians we should long for a closer walk with God, a deeper relationship that plunges us, if need be, into a desert where we willingly surrender everything we hold dear to draw that much closer to Him.

--Twila Paris - Cry For The Desert


Friday, March 12, 2010

Blessed are you...

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...when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in Heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.  --Matthew 5:11


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness...

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...for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.


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