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Do you sometimes wish you could go back and shift the hands of time? “Hey, Jesus,” you say as you work through your to-do list, “I’m not quite meeting my goals here. Stress is mounting!” This week I have the pleasure of introducing friend and Spirit-led business/spiritual mentor Kathie Nelson. Kathie connects Kingdom and the […]

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By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35 NIV).  When you go through transition, is your self-talk riddled with regret? Wednesday I put my 26-year-old son, Andy, on a plane bound for Tokyo. Japanese is his total passion. Over the course of the last 10 years, […]

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Do you have unfulfilled prophecies just waiting to pop? Maybe—just maybe—you have an elephant in the womb. I’ve been hard at work on a book about self-forgiveness. The path of writing a book is a peculiarly circuitous affair. It’s one wild switchback after another producing a dizzying spin of the compass needle. When it seems […]

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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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Facebook Post:  To the thief who stole my wallet at Pioneer Courthouse Square today: I pray that God hunts you down and tackles you with His irrational, reckless, relentless grace. I pray that you get arrested by His presence and become a victim of His plan of redemption. Earlier this month, I prayed with a […]

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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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In deep communion with the Holy Spirit, I saw a display of His power. The mighty rush of a river That ricocheted from one bank to the other A switchback coursing the side of a mountain. The sound of the swishing rose and fell In cadence with Christ’s heartbeat. From the stream that danced And rippled and […]

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Today’s post, Come Up Here, features third place winner (tied) of the 2016 45th Parallel Contest, Victoria Boyd. Vic is a phenomenal writer whose passion for Christ comes out brilliantly in everything she does, even as she directs us to pray from the throne room of God. <><><><><><><> After having had an extended break from hiking […]

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 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does” (John 5:19, NIV). Today’s post presents the third-place winner (tied) of The 45th Parallel Contest 2016. A Picture of […]

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I’m super-excited to present the second place entry of the 2016  45th Parallel Contest. Here’s the incredible story of baby Emalee Echols. Her mom, winner Joanna Echols, is senior associate editor of Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr. magazine. Does Emmy’s warm-hearted smile lift your spirits? It sure warms my heart and soul! Congratulations, Joanna and Emmy! […]

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