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The Desires of Your Heart

What do we desire when we are delighting in The Lord? We desire more of Him and what He desires. Psalm 37 is all about trusting God and aligning with His will. … Continue readingThe Desires of Your Heart

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It’s Monday

What if we committed to declare freedom that The Gospel brings? Resurrection power is here today, just as much as it was yesterday and every day since Jesus raised to life that first Easter. We share in His glory, not for our own sake, but in order to have the power to proclaim life and truth to the world. … Continue readingIt’s Monday

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Mercy and Grace

Grace comes with purpose. It’s time we stop living as merely forgiven people, and start living as agents of Living Hope, filled with grace. … Continue readingMercy and Grace

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The Shoes We Wear

“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people?” (Galatians 1:10). The impressions that others have of us matter because everything about us should point to Jesus Christ. In the age of social media and instant publicity, this becomes increasingly difficult. … Continue readingThe Shoes We Wear

Morgan Parees

I Said Never, God Had Other Plans (Guest Post)

Those times I said “that’s great for them, but that will never be me,” were promptings from God. He was slowly preparing my heart for what was to come. … Continue readingI Said Never, God Had Other Plans (Guest Post)

Power Struggle

Power Struggle

We have, all of us, a power problem, and I’ve only touched on a few of the different forms power problems can take. Still, one of the common factors found in many of our issues with power may stem from the reality that we may have evolved to the point where our technologically advanced societies simply assume that the power to do what we want to do is an inalienable right, both individually and politically. Recently I was teaching in a classroom when the power was interrupted, and we lost the use of the digital projector for my PowerPoint slides.

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Restoration

Have you ever appreciated the work of a restorer? The restoration process can be long and grueling, but the outcome is often incredible. One of the most intriguing things to me about restoration is how the restored piece of furniture, instrument, vehicle, or house can have more value than the original. There is somehow more beauty, or maybe things work better than they have before. The restorer see potential in the broken much like a sculptor sees a masterpiece in a block of marble. Saturday Morning Prayer I met with a few men for prayer this morning, and it still

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A Prayer of Spiritual Awakening

Father, You are wondrous. Your marvelous love goes beyond what human language can describe, yet I still know it deeper than understanding allows. Let Your Kingdom be know in the Name of Jesus and let Your plan unfold in my life. Open heaven and show me Your glory. I know that You provide my every need. Let me not worry about what I do not have. I trust Your timing in all things. Forgive my mess. I know that You’ve already cleaned it up through the blood of Jesus. Help me to break the cycles of sin in my life

Dickinson, Texas

It’s been one month since 21 strangers from Crossroads Church left Pittsburgh to help with the relief and recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey. Three groups of flyers, a pair of 3-day drivers, and a 2-day caravan of seven guys embarked for Dickinson, Texas, without much knowledge about what we would be doing. We knew we were helping people, but that’s about it. We had a great time getting to know each other during those 20 or so hours of driving. I only knew 3 other people on the trip, and had met 3 others before the planning stages, so we had plenty

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