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When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.

I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.

I will put in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive; I will set in the desert the cypress, the plane and the pine together, so that all may see and know, all may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it.

Set forth your case, says the Lord; bring your proofs, says the King of Jacob.

Let them bring them, and tell us what is to happen. Tell us the former things, what they are, so that we may consider them, and that we may know their outcome; or declare to us the things to come.

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Isaiah 41:17-22 NRS

(Source: biblestudytools.com)

23 notes, January 30, 2012

"The problem is, many of the people in need of saving are in churches, and at least part of what they need saving from is the idea that God sees the world the same way they do."

Barbara Brown Taylor (An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith)

(Source: goodreads.com)

43 notes, January 29, 2012

when life stings.

it is late, god wakes me up with a whisper and i look around waiting for a sign.

but instead i walk to the bathroom and see the two o’clock moon through the windows in the lounge. surely the lord is in this place.

the water hammers down and the steam rises, the shower is one of the few places to cry in college. before my toe hits the water the tears have begun to come and my words begin to fail me but i keep them coming.

why do i try so hard god when she tries so little it appears? why do i bend over to make it happen and the same is never done for me? why does the world of this relationship have to change and come down when my whole world is changing? cannot one thing stay the same besides you god?

life is about altars, it was never about the applause of being loved by others.

and the steam rises with my words and prayers straight to the ears of an all listening god. and my words shift to the problem at hand, how do i tell someone everything they are doing is wrong? how do i tell them the path was right and now it is time to change? just because something seems good and god was working in it doesnt mean it will always work. how do i share that? how do i tell someone i think they are making a mistake?

someone i care about more than i think they will ever care about me. how do i form the words to bring their life crashing down so it can be replaced by something better?

i really dont know. but god does.

i step out of the shower and my feet prickle with the cold of the tile, and then it begins to sting.

when life stings a little, sometimes the only thing to do is find the true source of the sting.

21 notes, January 29, 2012

Why I Love Religion, And Love Jesus || Spoken Word (by spiritjuicestudios)

41 notes, January 27, 2012

"Two years ago, after 39 years as a Christian who thought she knew the meaning of the scriptures and the mind of God, I asked myself a serious, life-changing question. What if I’m wrong?"

My Lesbian Daughter, The Bible And Sex | Fox News

25 notes, January 26, 2012

If I could buy everyone in the world one book besides the Bible this would be the book. It has taken me 10 hours to sift through 37 pages, each word, each sentence is crafted in a way that you cannot help but see the glory of God. Altar in the World is literally revolutionary, God has wrecked me through it and i cannot wait for more in the pages to come.

The problem is, many of the people in need of saving are in churches,  and at least part of what they need saving from is the idea that God  sees the world the same way they do
Whoever you are, you are human. Wherever you are, you live in the world,  which is just waiting for you to notice the holiness in it.
According to the Talmud, every blade of grass has its own angel bending over it, whispering, “Grow, grow.”
No matter how hard I try to say something true about God, the reality of God will always eclipse my best words.
I have no say about who is in and who is out. I am a guest here, charged with serving other guests.

Buy it, it will be up there with the best books you have bought for 10 dollars.

If I could buy everyone in the world one book besides the Bible this would be the book. It has taken me 10 hours to sift through 37 pages, each word, each sentence is crafted in a way that you cannot help but see the glory of God. Altar in the World is literally revolutionary, God has wrecked me through it and i cannot wait for more in the pages to come.

The problem is, many of the people in need of saving are in churches, and at least part of what they need saving from is the idea that God sees the world the same way they do

Whoever you are, you are human. Wherever you are, you live in the world, which is just waiting for you to notice the holiness in it.

According to the Talmud, every blade of grass has its own angel bending over it, whispering, “Grow, grow.”

No matter how hard I try to say something true about God, the reality of God will always eclipse my best words.

I have no say about who is in and who is out. I am a guest here, charged with serving other guests.

Buy it, it will be up there with the best books you have bought for 10 dollars.

17 notes, January 26, 2012

391 notes, January 26, 2012

remember when i went to mars hill?

and the music scared me, and there was a photo of Jesus without a nose?

those were good times because mars hill and mark driscoll (who i have met numerous times!!) only get scarier the more you dig…

10 notes, January 26, 2012

188 notes, January 26, 2012

Mark Driscoll’s Church Discipline Contract: Looking For True Repentance at Mars Hill Church? Sign on the Dotted Line

4 notes, January 24, 2012