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Recent Activity

  • DAWN shared from Slaying Your Giants: How to Have Massive Faith by Adam Houge
    Every idol begins as a distraction. So if you’re being distracted from God by something, then you have an idol.
  • DAWN shared from The Beauty of Broken: My Story and Likely Yours Too by Elisa Morgan
    Most of us have prayed for years that God would change our prodigals. Perhaps we need to pray that God will change us first. Perhaps God wants to work on our bitterness, and give us the grace to forgive. Maybe God wants to ease our pain by having us confront our grief and disappointment. Maybe God wants to deflate our sense of self-righteousness and remind us that He is God, not us. Maybe God wants to replace our hopelessness with joy and thankfulness.
  • DAWN shared from Unglued Devotional: 60 Days of Imperfect Progress by Lysa TerKeurst
    I’d much rather tidy my closet than tidy my heart. I’d much rather run to the mall and get a new shirt than run to God and get a new attitude. I’d much rather dig into a brownie than dig into my heart. I’d much rather point the finger at other people’s issues than take a peek at my own. Plus, it’s just a whole lot easier to tidy my closet, run to the store, eat a brownie, and look at other people’s issues. A whole lot easier.
  • DAWN shared from Barefoot Church: Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture (Exponential Series) by Brandon Hatmaker
    We may say we’re more than just a Sunday service, but 90 percent of our resources and efforts are either committed to the Sunday morning experience or events designed to draw people to our buildings. We may think we serve, but if we took an honest look, we’d find only a small percentage of our people actually serving outside the church.
    Note: Ouch!!!
  • DAWN shared from The Beauty of Broken: My Story and Likely Yours Too by Elisa Morgan
    Eugene Peterson in Living the Message: It is essential to distinguish between hoping and wishing. They are not the same thing. Wishing is something all of us do. It projects what we want or think we need into the future. . . . Hope desires what God is going to do—and we don’t yet know what that is. Wishing grows out of our egos; hope grows out of our faith. . . . Wishing has to do with what I want in things or people or God; hope has to do with what God wants in me and the world of things and people beyond me.
  • DAWN shared from The Beauty of Broken: My Story and Likely Yours Too by Elisa Morgan
    Why do we try to cocoon our children from the lives they live—from the very things that led us to Christ ourselves—from sin? Eventually, isn’t it sin—their sin, all of our sin—that makes us want Jesus?
  • DAWN shared from The Beauty of Broken: My Story and Likely Yours Too by Elisa Morgan
    Commitment is love no matter what. It begins in the beginning and it stretches out over the years that follow. God commits to us.
  • DAWN shared from The Beauty of Broken: My Story and Likely Yours Too by Elisa Morgan
    We are “those people.” The truth is . . . we are the others. Most of us are one paycheck, one divorce, one drug-addicted kid, one mental health diagnosis, one serious illness, one sexual assault, one drinking binge, one night of unprotected sex, or one affair away from being “those people”—the ones we don’t trust, the ones we pity, the ones we don’t let our children play with, the ones bad things happen to, the ones we don’t want living next door.
  • DAWN shared from The Beauty of Broken: My Story and Likely Yours Too by Elisa Morgan
    I pictured God—my gracious heavenly Father—tenderhearted and bending low. Now you’re talking, he mused. Beyond help. It’s just where he wants me. Beyond my best efforts. Beyond my put-on-a-happy-face clichés. Beyond self-help methodologies. Beyond being better than anyone else. Beyond worrying about what doesn’t matter anyway. Beyond everything being all up to me: to understand, to care, to give, and to fix.
  • DAWN shared from The Reason: How I Discovered a Life Worth Living by Lacey Sturm
    To love others doesn’t mean we should try to be God for people. If we try to be God for others, we will always let them down and we will always be crushed under the weight of trying to be more than it is possible for us to be. To love others means to point to the God who is our only Savior. It means to look to God to find out where he wants us to go and how he wants us to live and to love. It means we must make the most of every opportunity—that might look like standing on stage in front of thousands and singing your heart out, or it could be bringing some fresh baked cookies to a cancer ward...
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