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Thinking about fear

need to re-blog this as I point to it in a teaching

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I was having coffee with a friend a few of days ago and the subject of fear came up, it came up again yesterday with another friend and then last night. Fear. What can we do about it? As a follower of Jesus, I know that I fear when I ease my embrace of Him who gives strength… that’s when I fear, when I look at circumstances instead of trusting God. When I discover fear in my own heart, I run to the same place, the Scriptures (because they really are profitable and able to cut between my thoughts and intentions). Consider these the next time you fear:

The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1 ESV)

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1…

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keep your guard up

Need to re-blog this because I will be referring to it Sunday during my talk at CCC.

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On Monday afternoon I was on my way from Hungary to Croatia for the next leg of this trip. My first meeting was with a leader in orphan justice on the coast on Tuesday.

We had been in route for 4 hours. We were late and should have been at the border by now but were an hour or so away still. The train was crowded as there are literally thousands of young people traveling in Europe right now and this train takes people from Budapest to Lake Balaton and toward the Croatian coast. I was headed to Zagreb and my phone rang.

“Is this Tom Foley? I have found your wallet and passport!”

I heard the words, but they didn’t register. I asked her to text me the information because it was hard to hear on the train. It had not sunk in yet.

I had done something I…

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The Path (2.3)

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C.S.Lewis on Prayer

20 years ago (this year I think) they made a movie about C.S. Lewis. This coming Sunday I’m preaching about prayer at CCC. As I research, I found this clip (yes, that is Anthony Hopkins playing Lewis):


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Brené Brown: Listening to shame

So, From what Dr. Brown tells us, shame and guilt are all around us.  So I am grateful for the research she has done and that tons of people are thinking about this.

I’ really glad that she has figured out that vulnerability is necessary to deal with that, but, I ask, vulnerability with whom?

As I listened to this I realized that this is kinda like Romans 7:24 without Romans &:25 or 8:1, or its like the second half of 2 Corinthians 7:10 without the first half of the verse.

Something else, I loved was her emphasis on empathy.

But empathy without the Gospel is JUST “me too”… that’s not really enough is it? The real “me too” is what Lewis teaches us:

“we must get to the point when we say to God, ‘I can’t, you must”

I am thankful for Dr. Browns’ research. My prayer is that all those 4 million people will realize God is there for them…

“Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from gthis body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:24-25a, ESV)


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