The Promise of Rain.

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I don’t know where you’re reading this, but I’m writing it in North Carolina.  North Carolina has not, in previous years, had a monsoon season…but this year we have!  There is extensive flooding happening in our state, especially the western part (if you would like to help, click here).

These current circumstances got me thinking about something that God laid on my heart a few weeks ago.  Steven Furtick is the head pastor of Elevation church which is based out of Charlotte, NC.  He is currently in a series of sermons he is calling “Savage Jesus”.  Isn’t that a great point?  Our Jesus is SAVAGE!!!  He tore the grave open!  He kicked out demons!  He is SAVAGE!  One of the stories that shows Jesus’ savagery is when He cast a legion of demons out a man.   Continue reading

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The Widow’s Mite

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©James C. Christensen 

I have recently started attending Elevation Church Winston-Salem. (Woo, WOO!). After deciding that I wanted to continue attending, I also decided it was time to get involved in one of their small groups which they call E-groups. Being unemployed and not wanting to make the hour long drive to Winston twice a week, my options were kind of slim. Until the “Seek and Pursue” E-group opened up in King. YAY! I have been twice now and I am already amazed at the friendship and Christian love extended by these people.

But last night, we were talking about a Bible story. It’s a story that I’ve seen hundreds of times and it’s a story that Holly Furtick spoke on during the special Mother’s Day sermon. It is the story of the widow’s mite. Now you get it! Continue reading

Salt.

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That one time I hammocked during a sunrise at the beach.  And it was 27 outside.

I have heard a lot of people say that if your body is craving salt, you need to eat it because your body is trying to communicate a deficiency to you.  Is that true of everything?  I made up my schedule early this morning over coffee and then…I lost my gumption.  Someone found my “Get Up and Go” switch and they flipped it!  I just didn’t want to do any of the things I was so motivated to do this morning.  All I wanted to do was…nothing.  I just wanted to rest.   Continue reading

The Shack – Devo #3

Good morning children of God!  Are you good?  Let me tell you something: I love coffee and I have discovered a new favorite this week!  If you live in North Carolina and you’re not familiar with Counter Culture Coffee out of Durham…you need to get acquainted with one another!  Mmm!  And if you’re not from North Carolina, hit their website up and get some goodness in your home!  My favorite is the Tairora.  Now, to be honest, it’s the only one I’ve tried.  But hot dang!  Mmm!

Hey…I have an idea.  Let’s get off coffee and get on Jesus shall we?  We’re still talking about “The Shack” soundtrack this week.  And today, we’re looking at track five from the one and only Francesca Battistelli. Continue reading