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Just What Does it Mean to Chase Jesus?

Posted by nbarnes on November 2, 2010 in Church, God Thoughts |

Having a relationship with a God like this requires that I am willing and prepared to move, serve, minister, care, comfort, challenge, and reconcile with him as he is going about these things himself. My relationship with this Jesus is not static, rather it is a wild, dynamic, flowing experience of the action and activity of God himself.

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Pearl of Great Price

Posted by nbarnes on November 13, 2009 in God Thoughts |

I’ve been married for 13 years to an absolutely amazing woman.  I definitely got the better end of the deal there, but I have a bad habit: I take her for granted.  Now, while it’s certainly not okay that I do it, I’m pretty sure I’m in good company.  In fact, most guys I know [...]

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Casting Your Nets

Posted by nbarnes on September 8, 2009 in God Thoughts |

Sometimes I chuckle when I’m reading a passage of scripture.  I mean, there are some pretty funny parts in it.  For example, when Matthew is telling us about Jesus going into the desert to fast for forty days he says this, “After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.”  I always laugh at [...]

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Misguided Promotions

Posted by nbarnes on August 31, 2009 in God Thoughts, My Life |

So a few weeks ago I was down in the states for a friends wedding. My buddy Aaron and his fiance, Joanna, were scheduled to exchange their vows, and commit themselves to each other for the rest of their lives and they felt that I should be present to witness this occasion.

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Blessed For Blessing

Posted by nbarnes on June 25, 2009 in Church, God Thoughts |

To often we miss the purpose of the blessings in our lives and get myopic rather than outward focused.  Why is that? Watch \”Blessed For Blessing\” on YouTube.

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Telescopes, Bibles and Mars

Posted by nbarnes on June 22, 2009 in Books and Reading, Church, God Thoughts |

What if our view of the bible is getting in the way of what the bible was supposed to be and do?  I tackle this question in my latest vlog. Watch my video diary on YouTube.

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Searching After Virtue

Posted by nbarnes on June 5, 2009 in Books and Reading, Church |

N.T. Wright at Fuller Theological Seminary, “Our culture prefers effortless spontaneity with occasional divine intervention in emergency, rather than working with God on developing the muscles which will meet those emergencies with a God given second nature which appears spontaneous, but is in fact the result of thinking, and choosing and practicing.”

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Communicating With The Source

Posted by nbarnes on May 19, 2009 in Books and Reading, God Thoughts, Practical Advice on Faith |

I think the church needs a resurgence in the practice of simple things like being quiet long enough to hear God speak, or taking the time to slow down and breathe deeply for long enough to let God break through the chaos of our daily lives.

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Afraid to Ask

Posted by nbarnes on March 19, 2009 in God Thoughts |

It’s only through a transformation of our minds that we will truly grasp the love of God. It’s only through the warm glow of love on our faces that we’ll be able to truly learn to enjoy the springtime of God’s grace.

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Impossible

Posted by nbarnes on February 23, 2009 in Church, God Thoughts |

Our dream seems a little impossible. It’s the kind of dream that you think is a good idea, but it’s never going to fly, but then comes Jesus saying that with God, anything is possible! What are you supposed to do with that? How are you supposed to ignore the calling that God has put on your heart now?

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