“Violence is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding: it seeks to annihilate rather than convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends up defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.”

– Martin Luther King Jr, in his Nobel Lecture delivered at the University of Oslo, Dec. 11, 1964

“I wish we had more Marys who would break the alabaster box of precious ointment upon His dear head. Oh, for a little extravagance of love, a little fanaticism of affection for Him, for He deserves ten thousand times more than the most enthusiastic ever dream of rendering!”—Volume 59, Sermon #3360 ~~ Charles Spurgeon

Do Pastors Cry at Hurtful Jabs?

Love like your life depends on it ...

My heart hurts like someone stabbed me with a dozen knives. It’s as if the jabbing reminds me how horrible we can be to each other, and how judgmental we can become, too. A pastor I know may be feeling the slice and cut of invisible knives after a recent meeting. So I have prayed […]

Gracefully Broken Encounters

God's Word Offers Hope to the Bench Sitter

This post is for the one who sits alone … who needs to be reminded that our hope is in God. Planned Encounter This man sat on the bench outside the hospital today, alone, as I crossed the parking lot. So I called to him, “Hi there. I hope your day is blessed.” He answered, […]

Sermons To Listen To …

The Cripplegate
August 3, 2017

I’m constantly searching for sermons to devour and digest, and this list popped up from someone I do trust. Thus, I’m creating a link to it, so I can remember to check them out.

Or better yet, go listen to one or two or several, and let me know if you have a favorite sermon I could listen to. Or if one of these touches your heart or changes you.

“Often, when I come in at the door and my eyes fall on this vast congregation, I feel a tremor go through me to think that I should have to speak to you all and be, in some measure, accountable for your future state. Unless I preach the Gospel faithfully and with all my heart, your blood will be required at my hands.” Charles Spurgeon”
August 2, 2017

In Awe of Her God

Desiring God
July 30, 2017

My best friend is suffering with lung cancer. Another friend lost her 13 year-old daughter. Another boy lost his life in a car accident. My aging neighbor is fighting for his last days on earth.

May we run to God, hold onto Him. Love Him. Stand in awe of Him. He is our hope! I find encouragement in her testimony.

Excerpt from the Link Above: On July 30, 1967, when she was seventeen years old, Joni was paralyzed from the neck down after she dove into deceptively shallow water in the Chesapeake Bay. The early weeks and months were excruciating, and she despaired of even smiling again. But by God’s grace, fifty years later, she is full of grace and laughter, praising Jesus and counting it all joy.

In her latest devotional, A Spectacle of Glory, Joni shares, “I happened to hear recently the old Beatles classic ‘Here Comes the Sun’ — a song I listened to when I was first injured. It reminded me of the dark, depressing days in the hospital when I thought I would never smile again, would never see the sunlight of hope. And now, nearly fifty years later, I still find myself thinking, how in the world did I ever make it?

Don’t Desert Your Calling

Risky Road The road appeared rugged and unsafe, and absolutely too narrow for more than one car. However, my daddy insisted we take the adventurous drive over the mountain. Now, my mother wished for other less dangerous options, like a flat and paved road. My twin sister, Melody was thrilled with the drop off outside […]