My wife, Jill, loves gardening. She loves seeing plants grow. Even now, with the holidays and snow on the ground, she’s hard at work tending her plants that sit near our corner windows.
We are frequently asked for reading recommendations. So we felt it was time for us to begin to assemble a list of our recommendations. Check back as we will continue to add to this list as we have further recommendations to share.
Thanks to John Rush, Dan Meurer, and the Rush to Reason show for having our Executive Director, Mike Roncaglia, in for Faith Friday! to talk about Exchanged Life Ministries and the Grace Life Conference. To listen to the interview click the play button below.
These are three parts of our body that receive different amounts of attention. We most often look in the mirror to either admire ourselves or find some discomfort in what we see, but nonetheless we pay most attention to our face. When we meet someone else we look them in the face not at their hands or feet. Our hands seem to come in second in terms of attention. Feet seem to come in last in gaining attention and for the most part we are satisfied with them providing us with transportation.
As a kid I had yellow, footy pajamas that were faded to the color of a manila folder, but whoever handed them down to me did a good thing. Oh, to have another pair, size M.
It was always a little tough getting the bottoms on after getting out of the bathtub, but when I was visiting my granddad in Poteau, Oklahoma, I could count on his help. Not that he was so intent on helping me get my pajamas on, it’s just that we couldn’t sit down to our before-bed cornbread and milk until I was dressed for bed.
I’ve struggled in writing this letter to you because my plan has been to write you about pain, and it’s something I don’t like to deal with. I know that some of you are in the middle of a lot of personal pain right now, so I don’t want this letter to sound trite or dismissive, as if I were saying, "Just look on the bright side."
Still—there can be glimmers of God’s brightness even in the midst of pain, and I do want to talk about that.
As I was thinking about writing you another letter, the story of Abraham came to mind. I remembered this verse in Hebrews and how encouraging it’s been to me.
"It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going." - Hebrews 11:8 NLT
On Sunday I was teasing about having a banner across the entrance of the church that read "No Perfect People Allowed!" The reason being, the people who perceive themselves to be perfect (or who have it pretty well together) will always be obstacles to the message of grace because they don’t realize their great need. If you think about the people who gave Jesus the most trouble and advocated for His death they were people with the perception of self-perfection or self-accomplishment. The same kind of people gave Paul a bad time.
I have anticipated writing this letter to you. I have so much wonderful news to share.
Did you know that 2016 will mark Exchanged Life Ministries’ 30th anniversary as a ministry? I am so glad Lee LeFebre answered God’s call to start the ministry in 1986. It has blessed so many lives through the years. My life was first impacted in 1989 when my family walked through the doors for help. I shudder to think where we would be today if it wasn’t for the counseling and equipping that we received.
God has given a unique story to all of His children. I was led to write my story viewing it from His perspecitive and point of view. It is a testimony of my personal, saving relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and my heart knowledge of His attributes, His character and His promises. It is a story of prideful rebellion against God ... a story of total and unconditional surrender to God. It is a testament to God’s sovereignty, love, faithfulness, mercy and grace.
There is an old southern saying that; if God is fixin’ to fix you but if you try to fix the fix, He’s fixin’ to fix you with, He’ll find another fix to fix you, until you let the fix He’s fixed for you ... fix you! I first heard this saying from Pastor Jack Taylor, a man I esteem highly. However, I suspect that the saying has been around forever. In my counseling experience the saying is a truism. But it seems that time and again those whom God has cornered for major spiritual surgery by means of a fix, look for a way to escape their dilemma regardless of who gets hurt in the process.