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I was worshiping at the altar that Sunday morning when I heard a deep, heartfelt weeping coming from a few rows back. “I have cried exactly like that before,” I thought to myself. “I know that cry comes from a pain deep within the heart.” It made me think of a time in my life when I had fallen in a crumpled heap at the bottom of a pit full of unbearable pain and sorrow. I remembered how I had cried out to God that even though I could not feel Him near, I knew He was near. I remembered the words from Hebrews 13:5, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” I was reminded that “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in the spirit” (Psalm 34:18). I began to worship God from that place of deep sorrow. “Lord, I know You are here,…

When you’re in the wilderness, you can’t just roll over and play dead.  (Even though that’s exactly what you want to do- stay in bed with the covers up and the curtains shut tight!) You just can’t.  Because if you do…you’ll be stuck in the wilderness for a very long time. Trust me.  I know…because in my wilderness season, escape and self-pity were my faithful friends for a good long while.  And they didn’t serve me well. So if this is you…if this is where you are… I get it.  I’m there with you!  (You’re not alone!) But if you’re stuck in your wilderness like I was, wallowing in self-pity, I have a very important message for you. You have to fight, or you will die. I thank God every day that He didn’t allow me to die in my wilderness.  He didn’t allow the enemy of my soul to…

Reaching people. Loving people. It isn’t about programs.  It’s about us. Because programs don’t have hands and fingers and heartbeats. But you and I do. This is what God has been wrecking me with for the last week.  Last November, our church launched an Adopt-a-Block program called Operation 3:18.  Our mission is simple- “How can we help you?”  Our name is based off of 1 John 3:16-18: Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. It’s only been a few short months, and we’re already…