Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

The Artist

The Artist I have been begging, “Oh people, please see the art in me.” When I should be pleading, “See the art of our Creator.” I needed to say, “Let your people see You in this world.” Now I cry out to our God, “I stand here in awe of you.” There is no artist…

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Breaking God’s Heart

“Now the Lord said to Samuel, ‘You have mourned long enough for Saul. I have rejected him as king of Israel, so fill your flask with olive oil and go to Bethlehem. Find a man named Jesse who lives there, for I have selected one of his sons to be my king.’” – 1 Samuel 16:1 (NLT)…

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Evil, Forgiveness, and Peace

None of us knows and that makes it a mystery If life is a comedy, then why all the tragedy Three-and-a-half pounds of brain try to figure out What this world is all about And is there an eternity, is there an eternity?  – Chris Rice, “Big Enough,” Past the Edges, 1998. Recently I quoted…

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A Shift in the Wind

“I hear a sound and turn to see a new direction on that rusty weathervane.” – Chris Rice, “Wind and Spirit,” Past the Edges, 1998. A chill runs down our collective spine. The wind has shifted, and the world is not the same as it was before. That change from the naivety of summer to…

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Numbers Are Out to Get You

A few years ago, a U2 song suddenly appeared in everyone’s iTunes collection. Some thought of it as a clever marketing ploy, others treated it like it was an invasion into their music collection sovereign territory. Whatever your thoughts on that media incident, if I could similarly place one song in every pastor’s play list…

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