Overcome

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One day, two monks were walking through the countryside. They were on their way to another village to help bring in the crops. As they walked, they spied an old woman sitting at the edge of a river. She was upset because there was no bridge, and she could not get across on her own. […]

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When it comes to forgiving past failures, knowing our identity beyond all shadows of doubt introduces a dynamic of surety into our supernatural equation. An absolute highlight in my spiritual journey happened at Graham Cooke’s October 2013 Anaheim conference, The Mind of a Saint. He proclaimed truth after truth about our Standing in Christ. We […]

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Do you ever wish the clock would hurry to move its gears a bit quicker? We turned our clocks ahead last weekend. That’s one way to hurry things up! But what happens when your dreams and God-given promises take for-ever? That’s what I asked myself for five years as I wrote a book. Five. Long. […]

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I’m bewildered by the irrational acceptance of a Savior who gave His life for a world who can’t appropriate His grace for themselves. He’s the Greatest Possibilitarian who ever lived! Navigating the Amazon rainforest for the first time, I emerge from croc-infested waters on the other side sloshing wet, missing a few veins in my […]

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When is the last time you crowd surfed? You know, leapt into a mosh pit of concert fans and were swept across waves of undulating hands? My daughter Emily has been to twenty concerts and loves to crowd surf. Emily says: “I went to an August Burns Red concert. I was standing near the front […]

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When it comes to accepting ourselves greater, here is one of the best-kept secrets: there is a magic needle called joy that stitches heaven and earth together! That’s right. We can sew into our circumstances the sparklehood and twinkletivity of heaven’s colors: red, yellow, orange, purple, green, turquoise, teal, gold, silver, and a zillion other […]

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(Mac Powell, James Autry, Steven Curtis Chapman, William Autry, Emily Hare, Brandon Heath, me) When we show up, the Holy Spirit likes to show off. Want to know a secret to forgiving yourself that’s hidden in a surprising place? Friday night, my friend James Autry, his 16-year-old, William, my 22-year-old, Emily, and I excitedly got […]

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When you and I struggle with self-forgiveness, we’ve usually got deep, painful wounds put there by the enemy in the past. Do you want to know how to exact sweet revenge? Tell your story!  At the Oregon Christian Writers Conference in Portland last week, I met the amazing Marlys Johnson, a cancer widow who joyfully writes and […]

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I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33). Do you ever have one of those weeks when you’re stuck emotionally? You feel like your mental energies are drained and you’re shouldering a […]

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On a brisk Saturday walk with Tim on a street that flanks the Willamette River. I lifted my foot to take a step and suddenly recoiled. “Look! A snake in the road!” Tim said, “Where?” “Right here! See?! I pointed to a snake the same color as the street. A sort of dead snake. Okay, […]

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