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The Purpose of Being Blessed

I'll never forget senile Aunt Bethany's prayer in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. She's asked to pray "The B-l-e-s-s-i-n-g" by her excellent-toupee-wearing husband, and she begins with, "I pledge allegiance to the flag..." I laugh every time. Ye…
I'll never forget senile Aunt Bethany's prayer in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.  She's asked to pray "The B-l-e-s-s-i-n-g" by her excellent-toupee-wearing husband, and sh… http://gracechurchspokane.org/blog/2014/01/purpose-being-blessed/

The King's Mission

This was really encouraging to me this morning as I was reading/journaling. I'm posting it exactly as I wrote it in my journal entry. “Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Christ shou…
This was really encouraging to me this morning as I was reading/journaling.  I'm posting it exactly as I wrote it in my journal entry. “Then he opened their minds to understand… http://gracechurchspokane.org/blog/2014/01/kings-mission/

All According To Plan

This weekend didn't go exactly according to plan for our church plant here in Spokane. It's January in the Inland Northwest, which means it's cold, so what a perfect time for the heating unit in our rented building to die! The repairs were scheduled to …
This weekend didn't go exactly according to plan for our church plant here in Spokane.  It's January in the Inland Northwest, which means it's cold, so what a perfect time for the… http://gracechurchspokane.org/blog/2014/01/all-according-plan/

Jesus, Please Describe Your Kingdom

Do you ever wonder what the kingdom of God is like? Jesus talked about it all the time, so I had a really great thought (also very deep and very intellectual, so I hope you are impressed). Are you ready for this? Here it comes...
Do you ever wonder what the kingdom of God is like?  Jesus talked about it all the time, so I had a really great thought (also very deep and very intellectual, so I hope you are i… http://gracechurchspokane.org/blog/2014/01/jesus-please-describe-your-kingdom/

Look Forward! Move Forward!

There is a call going out in the earth today. It rings in my own city of Spokane just as clearly as it rings in New York City or London, Amsterdam or Baghdad. "Come follow me." It's the call of Jesus to His church, including those who don't even know t…
There is a call going out in the earth today.  It rings in my own city of Spokane just as clearly as it rings in New York City or London, Amsterdam or Baghdad.  "Come follow me." … http://gracechurchspokane.org/blog/2014/01/look-forward-move-forward/

It's Gonna Be Quite A Ride

Dawa used to be a Buddhist priest in Nepal. Seeking truth, he became a Hindu, but later abandoned Hinduism to become an atheist. And now? Now he serves as a Christian pastor and fellow church planter here in Spokane, Washington. Jesus' relentless purs…
Dawa used to be a Buddhist priest in Nepal.  Seeking truth, he became a Hindu, but later abandoned Hinduism to become an atheist.  And now?  Now he serves as a Christian pastor an… http://gracechurchspokane.org/blog/2014/01/its-gonna-be-quite-ride/

Church Planting Doesn't Make You Great

As a church planter, the role of announcing the good news of the kingdom of God in unusual places is just part of everyday life. As one who talks one-on-one with people in coffee shops and bistros, pubs and sidewalks, and who speaks more formally in our …
As a church planter, the role of announcing the good news of the kingdom of God in unusual places is just part of everyday life.  As one who talks one-on-one with people in coffee… http://gracechurchspokane.org/blog/2014/01/church-planting-doesnt-make-you-great/

The King With Smiling Eyes

Does your king have a smile in his eyes? Mine does. He also deeply experiences the emotion of wrong committed in his kingdom. My king grieves over injustice and wickedness and does something about it. Read this carefully: "The LORD saw that the w…
Does your king have a smile in his eyes?  Mine does. He also deeply experiences the emotion of wrong committed in his kingdom.  My king grieves over injustice and wickedness an… http://gracechurchspokane.org/blog/2014/01/king-smiling-eyes/

Rebel Planet

Rebel Planet - 1/2/2014 This morning I read about the day we became a rebel planet. It was the day a crafty snake convinced a man and his wife to pursue being like God apart from the very instruction of that God. He stirred doubt and confusion in their…
This morning I read about the day we became a rebel planet.  It was the day a crafty snake convinced a man and his wife to pursue being like God apart from the very instruction of… http://gracechurchspokane.org/blog/2014/01/rebel-planet/

It’s His Kingdom

Let's just say I'm not a huge fan of New Year's resolutions. However, last night Becca and I ran a 5k as a part of the First Night festivities in Spokane, and of course it was called "The Resolution Run." We were all invited to write down our resolution…
Let's just say I'm not a huge fan of New Year's resolutions.  However, last night Becca and I ran a 5k as a part of the First Night festivities in Spokane, and of course it was ca… http://gracechurchspokane.org/blog/2014/01/its-his-kingdom/