Michael

Times of Testing

If you were expecting something profound… sorry, not today. I’ve been having trouble with my RSS feed. This is a test post to determine if that problem still exists. Related posts: Spiritual Maturity Means “Self-Feeding”, Right? You shouldn’t be overly reliant on the church community and its leaders to feed you spiritually, right? Isn’t this [...] Related posts:

  1. Spiritual Maturity Means “Self-Feeding”, Right? You shouldn’t be overly reliant on the church community and its leaders to feed you spiritually, right? Isn’t this what Willow Creek’s REVEAL study taught us? Three things… First, look...

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What Forgiveness Isn’t…

For some people forgiveness is just a matter of surrendering theirr desire for retribution. It is simply repentance, a turning, a change of mind that’s needed. Some hold on to unforgiveness like currency. With that currency – with that unforgiveness – they can control others. For others, the pain and hurt is way down deep [...] Related posts:

  1. Living the Forgiving (and Forgiven) Life What does it look like to live a forgiving (and forgiven) life? That life will be marked by these traits and you will make a habit out of these practices:...
  2. Giving up the Desire to Punish Matt 6:12 says, “forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors….” and then Jesus follows that up in verses 14-15 with, “For if you forgive others their...

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Living the Forgiving (and Forgiven) Life

What does it look like to live a forgiving (and forgiven) life? That life will be marked by these traits and you will make a habit out of these practices: 1. Make forgiveness your default response Decide now that you will respond to a wrong with a desire to forgive. Make that your end goal [...] Related posts:

  1. Giving up the Desire to Punish Matt 6:12 says, “forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors….” and then Jesus follows that up in verses 14-15 with, “For if you forgive others their...
  2. Don’t Be Like the Unforgiving Servant In Matthew 18 Peter engages in that famous exchange with Jesus. He asks, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven...
  3. A Prayer to Be Recited? Matt. 6:7-8 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not...

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The Older Brother Syndrome

When it comes to forgiving and being forgiven, maybe you think you’re exempt because you believe there isn’t very much that you have been, or need to be, forgiven of. If this is the case, I can assure you that it is because you have not repented of very much or confessed all of your [...] No related posts.

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Don’t Be Like the Unforgiving Servant

In Matthew 18 Peter engages in that famous exchange with Jesus. He asks, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” And Jesus replies, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.” And then he continues on from there in a parable… [...] Related posts:

  1. A Prayer to Be Recited? Matt. 6:7-8 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not...
  2. Giving up the Desire to Punish Matt 6:12 says, “forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors….” and then Jesus follows that up in verses 14-15 with, “For if you forgive others their...
  3. Don’t Be A Hypocrite! We all want to be forgiven, but we don’t always want to forgive. CS Lewis said it well: “Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to...

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A Prayer to Be Recited?

Matt. 6:7-8 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Jesus says “when you pray,” not “if you pray.” Prayer is [...] Related posts:

  1. Preaching and Prayer Martyn Lloyd-Jones writes to preachers: Above all — and this I regard as most important of all — always respond to every impulse to pray. The impulse to pray may...

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Giving up the Desire to Punish

Matt 6:12 says, “forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors….” and then Jesus follows that up in verses 14-15 with, “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your …

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Giving up the Desire to Punish

Matt 6:12 says, “forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors….” and then Jesus follows that up in verses 14-15 with, “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” This [...] No related posts.

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Don’t Be A Hypocrite!

We all want to be forgiven, but we don’t always want to forgive. CS Lewis said it well: “Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.” We all want others to release their hold, their bitterness, their grudge against us, but we don’t always want to release ours against them. [...] No related posts.

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When God Withdraws the Sense of His Presence

I have felt this many times, and it seems I am always dumb to its intended purpose. God does not withdraw his presence, but from our sense of his presence. And in these times we choose to believe that he is still there and we act upon his promises and commands. This act of faith [...] No related posts.

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My Facebook Friends Like Books

It was just a simple little question, really: What book has most influenced your life and thinking? 28 comments later, here is the result: Desiring God, Revised Edition John Piper Mere Christianity C. S. Lewis Here We Stand!: A Call from Confessing Evangelicals for a Modern Reformation James Montgomery Boice and Benjamin E. Sasse The War of the Worlds [...]

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Joy and Grief at Christmas

My sister lost a dear friend on the weekend. Eva Peters, her husband Bill, and their daughter Lilly were almost finished the long drive from Ontario to Alberta, where they were moving to work and live on a horse farm/resort.  This was a dream they’d had for some time but the opportunity had come as [...]

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Bloodlines: An 18-Minute Documentary on Racism

John Piper’s newest book, Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian, is now available. Earlier this year his publisher traveled with him to his hometown of Greenville, SC to revisit the world in which he grew up. This 18-minute documentary takes us through his experience of racism in the 1960′s American South. This is a really touching documentary [...]

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Album Artwork and a FREE SINGLE

Lovers on the Edges of the Twilight… August 29 is the release date! The album will be available online and on CD for you to buy. I’m really proud of the work Deni Gauthier and I have done on this album and I know you’re going to like it too. Download a pre-mastered track from the album [...]

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A Field Remembers The Rain

I can’t stop looking at this painting by local artist Nik Harron called “A Field Remembers The Rain”. I contacted Nik and he’s going to allow me to use one of his paintings for a future album cover. Enjoy! You can see more of N...

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A Field Remembers The Rain

I can’t stop looking at this painting by local artist Nik Harron called “A Field Remembers The Rain”. I contacted Nik and he’s going to allow me to use one of his paintings for a future album cover. Enjoy! You can see more of N...

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Recipe: Moroccan Chicken

Here’s a first… I’ve never posted a recipe before, but we’re having some new friends over for supper tonight and this is always the meal I make for people the first time they visit. (Serves 4) 1 1/2 lbs. boneless chicken breasts cut into chunks 2 T oil 1/2 c chopped onion 1 clove minced garlic 2 c salsa Herdez brand is my favorite. [...]

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Recipe: Moroccan Chicken

Here’s a first… I’ve never posted a recipe before, but we’re having some new friends over for supper tonight and this is always the meal I make for people the first time they visit. (Serves 4) 1 1/2 lbs. boneless chicken breasts cut into chunks 2 T oil 1/2 c chopped onion 1 clove minced garlic 2 c salsa Herdez brand is my favorite. [...]

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The Heckler

Today’s bit of wisdom from Seth Godin: If you engage with the heckler, if you qualify yourself, justify yourself or worst of all, rationalize yourself, the heckler will pounce, turning a small wedge into a giant hole. Like a standup comedian, it’s almost impossible to outwit or shut down a dedicated heckler. But there is a strategy [...]

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