Years ago, my pastor, a wonderful man and a loving, faithful shepherd to his flock, ended a great conversation between us with words I didn’t see coming. Words that stopped me in my tracks. “I know I can always count on you to be loyal to me, Beth.” Wait wait wait. Define loyal.
NO. No, you can’t. I’d try my hardest to be counted on to be loving, grace-filled, faithful &, God helping me, Holy Spirit filling me, godly. But when loyalty demands dishonesty & what’s perceived as the right end justifies unrighteous means & piety serves as cover for duplicity,
loyalty to man has demanded disloyalty to Christ. I don’t care how it looks from the outside. Don’t care if it looks like rightness won. Sowing to the flesh reaps corruption. Every time. Every time. EVERY TIME. The only means to reaping what’s of the Spirit is sowing the Spirit.
There will be countless times in a lifetime of following Jesus that we will have to face the fact that doing what is right -indeed Christlike- is going to result in loss. And maybe not just our own. These are tests. This is faith. This is the cruciform life.
Where on earth we got Winner Jesus, I do not know. But it was not from the Gospels. This side of God’s kingdom coming and His will being done on earth as it is in heaven, for those taking up our crosses and following Jesus, our winning can look a lot like losing.

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19 Nov
My reading took me to Ps 27 NET today. I thought this morning I’d simply read some of it to you. I won’t go on long. Read these verses aloud if you would. Reading silently is a lovely thing but I often find particular strength & rekindled fires of faith & love in the spoken word:
The Lord is my light & my salvation...The Lord protects my life...I’ve asked the Lord for 1 thing—this is what I desire! live in the Lord’s house all the days of my life so I can gaze at the splendor of the Lord...He will surely give me shelter...He will hide me in His home.
(Isn’t that beautiful? I love the thought of Him hiding us in His home. God is your hideout in this havoc. From a NT perspective, think of this as abiding in Christ, Jn15, & being hidden in Christ with God, Col 3:3)

“My heart tells me to pray to you & I do pray to you, O Lord.”
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16 Nov
Starting memory work in Philippians & I can’t think of a more fitting prayer for Christ’s church right now than Paul’s:
“And I pray this: that your love will keep on growing in knowledge and every kind of discernment so that you may approve the things that are superior & may be
pure and blameless in the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.” One of the things I love about praying the prayers that are in Scripture is that they were breathed by God himself. So often we don’t
know exactly how to pray in a given situation then we come upon an inspired intercession like this one & it encompasses so much of what we desire for our loved ones, for the church, our neighbors & ourselves. I believe in the power of Scripture. I believe in the power of prayer.
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15 Nov
Thank the Lord, fellow Jesus-followers, if you have a pastor who chooses God’s approval over yours, who loves Christ, his congregation & you enough to be willing to offend you or go against the doctrines & traditions of men to preach what is in step with the truth of the gospel.
For the love of God, don’t pack up & leave in a huff. Go to your knees & thank God for that pastor. If you are always comfortable with your pastor’s preaching, if he always stays within your preferred perimeters & nothing ever changes, you don’t have a pastor. You have a puppet.
If your financial giving to your church is according to whether or not your pastor stays within your pet subjects and preferred perimeters, if you threaten to take your big wallet somewhere else if he doesn’t behave better, you are not giving. You are bribing.
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13 Nov
Genesis 16. Hagar. “The angel of the Lord found her by a spring in the wilderness...’Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?’ She replied, ‘I’m running away...’”

God knew where she was yet He “found” her.
God knew why she’d run yet He asked her.
God engaged Hagar. He knew everything that had happened to her but He wanted her to tell it to Him in her own words. The psalmist pens God’s welcome this way: “Trust in Him...pour out your hearts before Him. God is our refuge. (62) A pent-up heart knows no intimacy with God.
It is the poured-out heart that draws near to God. Maybe this is foreign to you. Maybe you don’t grasp how a God who already knows your story could still want to hear it from you. He wants a relationship with you & relationships aren’t 1-sided. Maybe you’re ashamed of your story.
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12 Nov
We have the best story. No novelist could match it. No poet could pen it. No cinematographer could capture it. The brightest human mind couldn’t conceive it. By God’s life-saving grace, I’ve spent 40 years in the Scriptures, 37 of them intensely. Nearly obsessively and still I’m
captivated by the brilliance of it, the cohesiveness of it from 1st to last, the patient unfolding of it, the drama, the mystery, the beauty against the gore. How it would look like all was lost THEN GOD. I’m in Genesis in my daily Bible reading. Today, the pivotal 15th chapter.
“Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield. Your very great reward.” Oh yes He is.

He lets Abram freely speak his bafflement over what on earth the Lord is doing with him. Then the text says the Lord “took him outside” (I love that) “and said, ‘Look at the sky & count the stars
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10 Nov
If it helps anyone today, Jesus said, Take up your cross & follow me, not Take up your Twitter & get people to follow you. So you lost followers. This is social media. Not the meaning of life. “Are [we] now seeking the approval of man or of God? Or [are we] trying to please man?”
Fellow leaders, there’s this little game some folks will play. They’ll inflate what you once meant to them so that, when they tell you how disappointed they are in you now, you’ll have further to drop.

“I ADORED you and now I have lost ALL respect for you.”

For starters,...
Nobody has any busy adoring any of us. Adoration is for God. He alone can handle it. Anybody who adores us can in one single instant abhor us.

We are all going to mess up. Misspeak. Say too much. And disappoint people. And we’re all going to have to get over it. Start today.
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