Overcome

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It was 5:30 on a clear-as-blue-glass-sky June morning. Photographers hailed tethered hot air balloons preparing to launch at the Tigard, Oregon Festival of Balloons. The seventeen heaven-bound balloons beamed at us, every color of the rainbow. Soon, the red, yellow, orange, blue, purple, green, and gold orbs lit up the morning sky. Gas heats air […]

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“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Cor. 3:17, NIV) Fireworks over the Willamette River. A flag appears in the cascading sparks.  ~ As passion-hearted disciples of Christ, we follow after a loving God who continuously declares freedom over us. Our Father doesn’t chain us to legalistic rules. He sets us […]

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Tuesday morning, fourteen-year-old freshman soccer player, Emilio Hoffman, was shot to death in the boys’ locker room at Reynolds High School in Troutdale. Then the shooter took his own life. The campus is less than a mile from Mount Hood Community College, where my twenty-year-old daughter, Emily, goes to school. A small park called Imagination […]

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          A few of my recent tweets: Forgiveness. The Breakfast of Champions. You are strong. The Lion of Judah runs swiftly beside you. The fastest way to the summit is to first double your time at the foot of the mountain, face-down in humility. What if the God calls you in […]

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Congratulations to inspiring guest blogger Anthony Otten of Erlanger, Kentucky. A New Jacob’s Ladder is the second-place winner of The 45th Parallel Contest.  Tony took this picture of clouds above his home. The clouds inspire a series of questions:  In what ways are God’s ways ours? Is it natural to see things from an earthly perspective – […]

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The Mended Heart: God’s Healing for Your Broken Places by Suzanne Eller is a new release that provides an honest look at the process of learning to trust God and others when you’ve been hurt. Suzie is one of my top-five favorite authors. She writes with a fresh voice and is not afraid to explore […]

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But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 15:57) In Part 1, we looked at a couple of ways to reframe loss in terms of how God sees it. Sometimes circumstances wear us down. For the last month, I’ve been recovering from a spill in which […]

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An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules (2 Timothy 2:5) Have you ever embarked on the adventure of a new game? The instructions begin: “The object of the game is to . . .” win the most cards. Lose the most cards. Make it first to the finish line. End up […]

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Saturday afternoon Tim I trekked along the beach at drizzly Pacific City.  Two small children played in the sand before us. In stealth mode, a sneaker wave came out of nowhere and enveloped the boy and girl. She fell.  I stopped in my tracks, eyes widening. I held my breath. The children’s mother rushed to […]

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It’s Tuesday morning after a mad dash. You’ve been working on a project for weeks and you’ve hit the finish line. Now you need to decompress. Today your elevator doesn’t reach the top floor. Heck, it never leaves the ground level. I just completed a big project. I had the privilege of serving on the […]

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