Marriage to the Lamb (Our Bridegroom)

Imagine the Highest Officiate conducting a marriage ceremony between Jesus, the Lamb of God, and the Bride of Christ (the Church of God.)  The dialogue might go something like the following:


“Jesus, do you take this Bride for your own?”

“I do!!”

“Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory for the wedding of the Lamb has come.”

(The witnesses are led into the palace with joy and gladness.  They are wearing glistening white, pure linen, interwoven with gold.  This symbolizes purity and represents the Church’s righteousness.  Jesus, the Bridegroom has made all Christians righteousness through His shed blood on the cross.)

You, […]

By | February 14th, 2017|Categories: Christian Living, Spiritual Maturity|0 Comments

Prayer to Our Sovereign God

Dear Lord,

I believe you are a sovereign God; creator of heaven and earth.

I believe you are the ruler of the universe and Lord of the landscape of my life.

However small a parcel of ground that is within your universe —

it is still within your universe and under your watchful eye.

I believe that you know what happens to us.

I believe you care.

I believe that you are good … and that all things work together for good

… for those who love you and are […]

By | February 13th, 2017|Categories: Christian Living, Scripture, Spiritual Maturity, Uncategorized|2 Comments

My Identity in Christ

Because of Christ’s redemption,

I am a new creation of infinite worth.

I am deeply loved.

I am completely forgiven.

I am fully pleasing.

I am totally accepted by God.

I am absolutely complete in Christ.

When my performance reflects my new identity in Christ,

that reflection is dynamically unique.

There has never been another person like me in the history of mankind,

nor will there ever be.

God has made me an original, one of a kind,

really somebody.

(From: Search for Significance […]

By | February 11th, 2017|Categories: Healthy Living, Motivation, Personal Coaching, Recovery, Spiritual Maturity|0 Comments

2 Corinthians 4:17 … Perspective on Pain

There is a lot of pain in this world.  As believers, what are we to make of it, as we see pain touch our lives or the lives of family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, or even enemies?

It is not uncommon to hear believers say something like, “I don’t know why God is punishing me like this,” when they find out they have an illness, disappointment, trial or tribulation.  We need to be careful who we blame for such sources of pain.

God allows pain to touch our lives, but He, unlike Satan, allows pain to touch […]

By | February 8th, 2017|Categories: Healthy Living, Recovery, Scripture, Spiritual Maturity|0 Comments

Shame, Guilt, and Fear

I was speaking with a friend today about the degree and intensity with which “religious” leaders use: shame, guilt and fear to control the members of their congregations.  Christians can become conditioned to believe that shame, guilt, and fear are normal everyday feelings that must be experienced and actually CARRIED.  We carry these feelings and they are overwhelmingly weighty on our hearts and souls.  How many Christians do you know who are weighted down with this unholy trinity of:  shame, guild and fear?  There are too many Christians to count.

What are we to do?

Honestly, there are many things a Christian […]

By | January 25th, 2017|Categories: Christian Living, Recovery, Spiritual Maturity|0 Comments

50 Scriptures about God, the Perfect Father

  1. I know everything about you … Psalm 139:1
  2. I know when you sit down and when you rise up … Psalm 139:2
  3. I am familiar with all of your ways … Psalm 139:3
  4. Even the very hairs on your head are numbered … Matthew 10:29-31
  5. For you were made in my image … Genesis 1:27
  6. In me you live and move and have your being … Acts 17:28
  7. For you are my offspring … Acts 17:28
  8. I chose you when I planned creation … Ephesians 1:11-12
  9. I knew you even before you were conceived … Jeremiah 1:4-5
  10. I determined […]
By | December 13th, 2016|Categories: Christian Living, Spiritual Maturity, Uncategorized|0 Comments

God’s Anger Assuaged – Psalm 103:6-10

Psalm 103: 6-10

6 – The Lord performs righteous deeds and judgments for all who are oppressed.

7 – He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel.

8 – The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in loving-kindness.

9 – He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever.

10 – He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

Murphy’s Paraphrase:

v. 6 – The LORD is […]

By | July 15th, 2013|Categories: Healthy Living, Spiritual Maturity, Uncategorized|0 Comments

7 Myths About God – Murphy Toerner

It’s very important for Christians to understand that we regularly project our human qualities onto God.  Our ability to fully grasp who God is and how He acts is limited.  Therefore, to make sense of an all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present God, we perpetually define Him by using human qualities and characteristics rather than divine, super-natural ones.

The follow is a list a seven myths we persistently perpetuate about God.  To have the best personal relationship with Him, it is critical for us to systematically dispel each of these myths.

1.  Myth: God is angry with you because you keep messing […]

Living God’s Plan for Your Life

Nancy Murphy Toerner

There is a difference between being alive and living.

Vibrant living is God’s intention for mankind; regardless of external circumstances.  How does one live vibrantly?

First, let’s familiarize ourselves with what VIBRANT means:  Vibrant (adj.) means pulsating with vigor and energy (the vibrant life of a large city); vigorous; energetic; vital (a vibrant personality); exciting, stimulating, lively (vibrant colors; a vibrant performance); (from Dictionary APP via iPhone).

I can not begin to describe my life as pulsating with vigor and energy; or continually energetic, exciting, stimulating or lively.  More commonly my life is: busy, tiresome, common, and […]

By | December 6th, 2012|Categories: Motivation, Recovery, Spiritual Maturity|Tags: |0 Comments
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