Just No

Y'all.  I came across this article yesterday on Facebook, which initially made me sad.  Sad for Jon Foreman and Switchfoot for having to deal with it, but even more sad for the people who witnessed it and may have not been believers.  Then I proceeded to watch the video at the end, and it literally made me sick to my stomach.  I was (and still am) extremely, righteously angry about the contempt and hate displayed in that video.

Here is what I believe: preaching condemnation and hate does not and will not open up people's hearts to the message of the gospel. If anything, my experience has shown that this kind of behavior repels people from God.  I would never claim to be a Bible scholar, however I am fairly certain that what Jesus asks of His followers is to love others out of our love for Him. 

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In The Gap

This post has seriously taken me a long time to sit down and pound out.  I have been reflecting and praying about my time at Passion 2014 Atlanta, about the intense moments of worship and the messages that so permeated my heart, and I think that I am finally ready to share with y'all.  Let's start on night one.  Since they did not do community groups this year as the conference was much shorter, on the first night we were encouraged to meet in groups of 5 with people that we didn't come to the conference with (easy for me since I went alone, which is a crazy story by itself) and to spend 15 minutes answering a question and praying for one another.  That question - "What do you want/hope to learn from the Lord here at Passion?" - was a tough one for me to answer.  I just wasn't really sure  what I was hoping for.  But then I remembered my word for the year - pursuit - and I realized that the thing I wanted God to reveal was some clarification on how I should begin pursuing some of the dreams/visions He has put on my heart.  So I shared that in my group, and we all prayed for one another.

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A Story

     There is a girl, seeking to find love, worth and affirmation in all of the wrong places - the places in which the world says she will find them - yet she always comes out feeling even more empty, beat-up and alone than when she had entered.  Like Alice in that land of wonder, she seems to fall deeper and deeper down that rabbit hole, seeing and experiencing things that only temporarily relieve her of her utter pain and confusion, until she ultimately finds herself face-down on the floor in a dark, unfamiliar place.  Then a door which was previously unseen by the girl is unexpectedly opened to reveal a land, the likes of which she has never known before : a land of flowing waters, open fields, calming winds, and ever-present sunshine; where the birds of the air and the animals of the land roam freely and without constraint; where there is a sense of identity and family, endless love and grace.

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He's Waiting

My dearest daughter,

I see your loneliness and fear.  I know your hurt and your heartaches.  In a special bottle I am storing each and every one of your tears.  I see you searching for love, for happiness, for fulfillment.  As much as I hate to see your pain, as much as it grieves me to see you struggle, all this must be in order for you to totally and completely come to the end of your own understanding.  Only then can you fully hear my voice.

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