"…there’s this common teaching in the church today that God’s love is unconditional. And you know what, there’s a partial truth in God’s love being unconditional. But here’s the deal, God’s love is greater than unconditional, because He can love you in your sin, but He doesn’t leave you in your sin. He not only addresses the problem and loves you in the midst of the problem, He is going to work in you to solve the problem.

God loves us where we’re at, but He never leaves us where we’re at.”

-Paul Matthies

the only hope this broken human being can hold on to



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Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, 

when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little, when we arrive safely because we sailed too close to the shore. 

Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess,
we have lost our thirst for the waters of life, 
having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of eternity, 
and in our efforts to build a new earth, 
we have allowed our vision of the new heaven to dim. 

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas, 
where storms will show your mastery, 
where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. 
We ask you to push back the horizon of our hopes, 
and to push us into the future in strength, courage, hope, and love. 
This we ask in the name of our Captain, who is Jesus Christ.

Francis Drake (via definedbyyou)

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An encounter with Him is what we want, but we don’t know it. We dream of good marriages, talented kids, enough health and money to enjoy life, rewarding work and enough opportunity to make a difference in the world, all good things. Of course we want them, but we think they’re the best things. One way He works for us is to allow our lower dreams to shatter. He lets us hurt, and He doesn’t make it better. We suffer, and He stands by and He does nothing to help. At least nothing that we’re aware we want Him to do. In fact, what He’s doing while we suffer is leading into the depths of our being into the very center of our soul where we feel our strongest passions. It’s there that we discover our desire for God. We begin to feel a desire to know Him that not only survives our pain, but actually thrives in it until that desire becomes more intense than our desire for all the good things that we still want. Through the pain of shattered dreams we wake up to the realization that we want an encounter with God more than we want blessings of life, and that begins a revolution in our lives.
Larry Crabb

The point of the parable is that forgiveness always involves a price - someone has to pay. There was no way for the younger brother to return to the family unless the older brother bore the cost himself. Our true elder brother paid our debt, on the cross, in our place….

Jesus Christ, who had all the power in the world, saw us enslaved by the very things we thought would free us. So he emptied himself of his glory and became a servant (Philippians 2). He laid aside infinities and immensities of his being and, at the cost of his life, paid the debt for our sins, purchasing us the only place our hearts can rest, in his Father’s house.”

Tim Keller, The Prodigal God

The simple things in life

The simple things in life

LOLOLMaybe I should do this.But then again who would I be without my darkcircles?


Maybe I should do this.

But then again who would I be without my darkcircles?

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The season of leg shaving is upon us.

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