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Selah

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I love when the Bible confuses me. And if the confession sounds rather offbeat, I don’t blame you. I mean who enjoys feeling overcome by imperfection, inadequacy and a finite intellectual capacity? I know, in most cases, I’d rather evade the reminder and recalibrate in the opposite direction. Yet, when I come to terms with my own insufficiencies, I realize a thing or two, such as the liberating intersection between humility and exploration, and how a righteous pursuit of the unknown can overpower intimidation through the conversion of ignorance into knowledge.
Credit this revelation to my latest quiet time, when I considered “selah”, a word I’ve read multiple times but only recently understood. No doubt from Hebrew origin, “selah” is mentioned 71 times in the Psalms, with more denotations than a round-cut diamond from Genesis. Although search engines dub “selah” as an uncertain biblical term, there is still meaningful application to be discovered, regardless of perceived context or tr…

Fast Food Faith

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Have you ever faced a situation when intimate spirituality met the proverbial Big Mac on the road to maturation? When the idea of holy relationship as endless feast faded into the occasional drive-thru experience? Has Christianity ever been like fast food religion to you? If so, you’re not alone.

In today’s world, many struggle with the concept of daily communion with God. And despite 21st century transparency, confusion continues to spread as more self-proclaimed believers reference God only when absolutely necessary. Ironically, the problem with partial desire lies in a blindness to itself. As a culture, we’re adulterating worship with false substitutes. Instead of the absolute, we prize the irresolute; instead of glorification, we prefer desensitization to sacred wonder, in part, so we can ditch accountability to what truly matters. And as commitment compromises, we lose equitable sight on key relational truths, such as why a consecrated lifestyle and godly fear are essential and …

70 x 7 or 6 to 4

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Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” 
― Mark Twain


For many, forgiveness is an elusive road to true freedom. We know it's right. We know it's necessary. But when push comes to shove, we often balk at the opportunity to let go. Whether the intense gravity of hopelessness or a deep thirst for vendetta, the excuses are seemingly endless as to why we hold on to grudges. How ironic it is to buy a conquering love, but sell one of its most essential counterparts: forgiving one another.

The reason why forgiveness can be so difficult is due to the combined weight of adamant shame and entitlement. Any lack of release preserves a self-centered focus with attention rooted in the past. Yet, the whole point of forgiveness is to expand the effect of grace into the future. Human revenge may be instinct, but it's still evil. When you lose the desire for control, you'll find the best way to "get back" at those who have wronged you …