Download an article about Reflections, printed in Christian Leader magazine. (Reprinted here with permission.)
Heaven by Randy Alcorn
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Traveling Light by Max Lucado
In the Grip of Grace by Max Lucado
Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge
Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
Hinds Feet in High Places by Hannah Hurnard
Abba’s Child by Brennan Manning
Shattered Dreams by Larry Crabb
by Brennan Manning
“Our hope is not based on the idea that we are going to be free of pain and suffering, rather, it is based on the conviction that we will triumph over suffering.”
“It takes a profound conversion to accept that God is relentlessly tender and compassionate toward us just as we are, not in spite of our sins and faults (that would not be total acceptance), but with them.”
“God not only forgives and forgets our shameful deeds but even turns their darkness into light. All things work together for those who love God.”
“Christians who remain in hiding continue to live the lie. We deny the reality of our sin. In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others. We cling to our bad feelings and beat ourselves with the past when what we should do is let go. Guilt is an idol. But when we dare to live as forgiven men and women, we join the wounded healers and draw closer to Jesus.”
Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Hear my cry O God; Attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.
You are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.
If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you that you may be feared.
But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
He will shield you with His wings, He will shelter you with His feathers, His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Oh, Lord, My Refuge, My Safekeeping…
In fear, you are my fortress,
In darkness, you are my light,
In doubt, you are my confidence,
In despair, you are my hope,
In weakness, you are my strength,
In the shelter of your LOVE,
I am secure.
I REST my MIND, HEART, my SOUL upon your care.