We shall find that the spheres God brings us into are not meant to

teach us something but to make us something. Chambers

“We shall find that the spheres God brings us into are not meant to teach us something but to make us something.” —Oswald Chambers

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want  — He leads me beside waters of rest, He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness, for His name’s sake.” —Psalm 23

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In one of my favorite devotionals, Oswald Chambers teaches that our life is like a bow and arrow in God’s hands. He’s aiming at something we can’t see, and He stretches us until we feel we might break. He pays no heed, but keeps right on stretching until His purpose is in sight—and then He lets fly.

“A man’s steps are from the LORD; how then can man understand his way?” Proverbs 20:24

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Cami Tapley

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“Think of yourself just as a seed, waiting patiently in the earth—waiting to come up a flower in the Gardener’s good time—up into the Real world, the Real waking. I suppose that all our present life, looked back on from there, will seem but a drowsy half-waking. We are here in the land of dreams. But cock-crow is coming. It is nearer now than when I began this letter.”

From Letters to an American Lady, by C.S. Lewis

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A Good Word for Birthdays

When I was six years old, I was excited to turn seven. It wasn’t because I expected to be more beautiful or healthy, rather, I expected to understand more things as I grew older, and I greatly looked forward to that. I feel the same way now in my 50’s. There is always something to learn and to understand.
      Although I’m not getting any younger, neither is anybody else. Aging is a collective problem, not an isolated one. Birthdays, on the other hand, are personal, and, if viewed rightly, have nothing to do with aging. Every one of us knows someone who’s lived plenty of years without exhibiting any real maturity or wisdom, and, hopefully, we also know someone who exhibits grace and wisdom as a reward of their years. Aging tests what is yet undeveloped in us. Birthdays celebrate the progress we’ve made.
      As we get older, we often become more and more distracted with our physical bodies, both their appearance and health. But we should think of our physical body as a car we are gifted. Not one of us had a choice in the make or the model, only whether or not we take care of what we’ve been given. When an event or the passage of time brings the use of the car to a halt, it’s important to understand we are the driver, not the car.
      The car doesn’t celebrate journeys made, the driver does. That’s what birthdays are for. A journey means progress – and new beginnings. In Isaiah 43 we are told,

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

      A journey that involves heartache, disappointment, illness, and death is no barrier to progress; He makes a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. It’s up to us not only to leave the past behind in His sea of mercy, grace, and forgiveness, but to fully accept and embrace every new iteration of ourselves that He makes a way for us to realize while we are still here. A birthday, for me, celebrates what God has brought me through, and what He has yet to show me and teach me; what stores of His grace I have yet to discover. Outwardly we degrade physically, there’s no debate on that – but the potential of inward renewal is exhilarating. It contains many doors of discovery into the future, all the way into eternity.
      David said, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” – he saw what we should see when we look at ourselves. It’s lost on grown-ups, who are distracted by their own years and experiences, but Jesus has admonished us to become like little children – and what little child dreads his or her own birthday? : )

Some Things to Think About

Jesus says, “Come unto Me.”

…If our knowledge or our belief in God doesn’t extend beyond our own feelings and experiences, we have nothing but ourselves. This is poor religion and poor science; both science and faith tell us that there is more than we can see and experience in one lifetime. The nurture of wonder is crucial to a growing life, spiritually and naturally.

…Snow, as a matrix of ice grains and air, dramatically alters the ground environment, and is an extremely complex material that evolves continually. When the Lord says that our sins, which are as scarlet, will be white as snow (Is. 1:18), it isn’t a simple process. Everything in our lives, our spiritual, mental, and physiological course will change, and change continually, if we will allow it.

…To continually inspire one person holds value where infrequently inspiring many does not; faithfulness yields results, popularity fades out.

…Pretending we have strengths and capabilities we don’t have is killer. Better to be God’s own unique child.

…We’re not always better than we were the day before. God is the only One Who is always good; all glory belongs to Him.

…Humans mistake their good intention as goodness. God IS good; He doesn’t merely intend to be.

…Sins aren’t mistakes, and mistakes aren’t sins. Mistakes work themselves out. The blood of Jesus, alone, takes our Sin out.

…We have a terrible habit of basing our idea of God’s nature on our moods, i.e., “If I’m happy, God’s pleased with me, if I’m not, He’s not.”

…Regrets are understandable, not useful.

…Human beings are always living life as if there’s some choice that doesn’t exist.

… “Why is Jesus the only way to God?” and, “If God is real, and a God of love, how can He permit suffering in the world?” These are simple questions, and common. But there are earnest questions; questions so deep they can’t even be uttered aloud. These are the real questions; the ones the Maker can satisfy.

…The truth about learning is, after we’ve learned a good number of things, we have the responsibility to unlearn things that aren’t essential to right relationships; it’s the path to greater understanding, to humility.

…Sometimes all we need to concentrate on is staying on course.

…Life will not be summed up by vitality and youth. This is an important test for those who find themselves left with nothing of value in this world. God looks for value in the hidden motives of the heart.

…Nothing of real worth is past for children of God, it is now and always.

…Just as the mist is a promise of a new day, hope is the assurance of His love, which will one day make all things clear.

…Paul said he had become all things to all men so that some might be saved. It starts with our families and our neighbors; if we can’t be the Lord’s with them, we can only be hypocrites.

…To be is something.

…The human spirit can be broken under abject cruelty, and completely ruined beneath undiscerning generosity. The sad truth is, we are more likely to rise above affliction than we are to exhibit a grateful heart.

…If God didn’t spare the dirty details of His chosen ones’ lives in the canonized Scriptures, why do we try to hide what the Holy Spirit must expose to bring us to repentance?

…The social-networking generation is a lonely generation; everything for the senses, nothing for the soul.

…The only way you can be liked by everyone is to not be yourself.

…We don’t do ourselves any favors by considering ourselves “good.” We aren’t wired to be good apart from deliberately choosing what is good.

…Hell is not what most people think it is because some are already experiencing it.

…When you want a fire to die out, you don’t throw another log on it.

…Pure and faithful discipline is love disguised to the rebel, and it’s always calling him or her back.

…We each need the love of God to start all over again.

…If there were something of real value we could offer God to help Him love us, His love would equal ours, and it would fail. His love never fails.

…A disciple doesn’t have a plan of his or her own.

…It’s humbling to be a disciple of Jesus, it makes us strange among people considered normal in this world.

…It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and not see the long run. Wisdom will show whether or not we are to take risks or to put reins on relationships that come and go, or come and stay, in our lives. The “long run” will either have us smiling or sorrowing, depending on whether or not we listened to wisdom in the moment of choosing.

…Temptation can build strength for our spirits in the same way that bodybuilding builds strength for muscles: by resistance.

…Being “made in His image” has to do with our eternal souls. God made us to think and to reason, to love and to create.

…Without the peace of Christ for our minds, we will be robbed of joy even as our prayers are answered.

…As David was surrounded by his enemies, he said, “I will both lay me down in peace and sleep, for Thou, Lord, only makes me dwell in safety.” (Psalms 4:8) I have often gone to bed feeling that I cannot bear to think about a problem or a responsibility one more second, yet when I awaken after a relinquished night’s sleep, I discover the meaning of “His mercies new every morning.”

…Although Abraham and Sarah greatly desired a child for many years, at a certain point they became past caring. But when God desires something, it doesn’t matter what we are “past.”

…All we need for a successful Christian life is the Holy Spirit; one of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control. There is no lasting self-control apart from the enabling power of the Holy Spirit. We can get sick of ourselves and work to break our bad habits, and may succeed for a while, but it will either end in failure when the going gets tough, or, it will take on the form of a different addiction.

…Leave your life at the cross. Be dead to yourself, and let Christ live His life through you. Be so passionate about being totally His that nothing else appeals to you in comparison.

…Christianity begins in a singular heart learning of Christ and following Him, but will end—or worse, stalemate—within a “set of principles”.

…Focusing on religion, rather on Christ Himself, alienates people from their spiritual gifts. God alone knows why and what He’s gifted us for, and the value is subject to Him.

…A child is born impoverished, while elsewhere, a man grows rich. While neither one deserved their lot more than the other, both face Eternity.

…The name of Jesus offends people because it puts a face and a name to the plan of salvation. Even so, one may cry out to the living God not knowing His Name, and if sought in truth, He will hear and answer.

…Like the wind, no one can predict where God’s Spirit will come in.

…Faith is a gift of God. When we try to interpret for ourselves what we have yet to experience, it usually loses something important in the translation.

…Faith glorifies God while it waits.

…God’s character defines itself. Period.

…When God speaks something to us, it isn’t so we can say, “God told me,” it’s to learn more of His character—and this is something often inexplicable, both to ourselves and to others.

…There is no doubt that life is full of magic, and only those who keep their eyes open for it ever see it. After all, God created the world by the magic of “Let there be…” and there WAS.

…Humdrum exists where everyday miracles are taken for granted.

…If we are good students—submissive, teachable and humble—the Lord will fill us with His own Spirit of wisdom for making important decisions, both big and small.

…If you judge your spiritual life by how often you read the Bible or do devotions, you will slip into an emotional pattern. We don’t serve God by our emotions. God gave us His word to confirm His nature, and we can know Him by the circumstances and people He brings into our lives to test us and to shape us. Never boast to yourself or to others how much you read your Bible, just live by it.

…Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that God cares about people more than we ever can, as we trust in His Spirit to bring forth fruits of righteousness at the proper time.

…It is a blessing to do menial tasks that require little concentration, because in them, our minds are free to perform the awesome and powerful ministry of intercession.

…The Lord never sleeps nor slumbers, and sometimes we are “asleep” to something He’s been working on for a long time. When we “wake up” is a matter of His knowing love.

…We can’t find love; love finds us. If we go looking for it, we will always find the wrong thing.

…It’s too easy to fall into a pattern of thinking that has already been defined by others who tell us we should be like them. We are to be like the Lord. The Pharisees criticized Jesus for eating with “publicans and sinners.” Jesus could walk and sit and sup with immoral people because he was internally detached from Sin. In this, He set the example for how we should be.

…Love is like a torch in a dark place, taking us where we would never venture without its light.

…No matter how black the night, morning comes.

…The very best thing we can do for a child is to show them what is best by living an upright example, and when we fail, to admit we’ve been wrong. Children learn little from what we say; they learn from what we show them.

…Training a child in the way he should go is just that: training him or her in the way he or she should go, not necessarily in the way we think he or she should go. The wisdom of man is foolishness to God.

…After your children are fully grown, you’ll realize that nothing else ever mattered to you more than their opinion of you does now.

…Young children don’t judge others from preconceived ideas. Their disapproval is based on truly hurtful words and behavior, not on what that is simply unusual or unexpected.

…Without a doubt, our children will be courted by the world to worship creation, not the Creator. We need to take our imaginations and feelings back from worldly thinking, and guide our children never to hand them over. We can do this by feeding in them what is from God: the predisposition to believe in more than they can see.

…At any given time, children are the most important people in the world.

…Laying down the things most precious to us so we can know how precious we are to God equips us with His nature.

…There is no other effective plan for living. “Kindle” means, “to start or to ignite.” When we give our dreams, our plans, our hopes and our sorrows to God, His touch kindles meaning in them.

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Jesus Movement

Don’t confuse the move that inspired a decade of Jesus Music, 1969 to 1979, with the hippie Haight-Ashbury experience of the ’60’s. The Jesus Movement resulted afterward when a generation of seekers didn’t find the peace they were looking for in “free love,” protests, and drugs.

Living in California at the time, we became teens toward the end of the Jesus Movement, and it had a profound affect on us. Actually, it was an equal mixture of the teachings of Oswald Chambers and “Jesus Music” that shaped our personal, Christian ideology. By Chambers we realized that death to self was imperative in order to become disciples of Christ, and in the Jesus Music we were fed pure strains of the only thing that can motivate a soul to this end: what it means to love Jesus devotedly.

Although we lived a couple of hours north of Orange County at the time, we did get to pay a visit or two to Chuck Smith’s Calvary Chapel, but it was well after the hippies had put on their shoes and moved from the floor to pews. Maranatha Music was an extremely successful upstart, and worship music had a new contemporary twist. It was a great time to be a Christian teen. Keith Green played and gave altar calls at Disneyland, and being a “Jesus Freak” was cool.

This page has been constructed with the hope of rekindling the message for those who remember it, and to recap it for those who may have missed out.

Keith Green’s message, “So You Wanna Be a Rock Star?” is a good place to start; it clearly tells the heart of this movement—a message we continue, as a generation, to be in need of hearing and living! Click here.

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LOVE SONG

John Fischer (Read Fischtank) describes the scene of the group’s first leading of congregational praise and worship this way:

Lovesong“A half a dozen staff members of a church are crammed into this little room no bigger than a walk-in closet, along with five members of a rock group who call themselves ‘Love Song.’ The group is to audition for a Sunday evening service. A few of the thousand-plus people who will come that night are already starting to trickle into the the auditorium downstairs. ‘Could you guys just do a quick song for us right now?’ asks the pastor in charge. ‘You come with high recommendations, but we’ve never heard you before. Would you mind?’ ‘No, not at all,’ says the one with the guitar. With difficulty, he manages, in the press of bodies, to get his guitar horizontal and begins strumming a soft, steady rhythm. Immediately five long-haired heads turn upward and with eyes closed, their voices blend in harmonic symmetry as the haunting strains of ‘Welcome Back’ wash over the unsuspecting staff members from head to toe…When they finish, a hush falls on the room. Unknown to them, these staff members have just heard, in close quarters, what was about to become the signature song of a musical and spiritual revolution. I know this because I was in that room. I was training under one of the pastors at the time—the very one who broke the spell with the understatement of a decade: ‘OK…you’ll do.'”

WELCOME BACK

Chuck Girard

Welcome back to the things that you once believed in
Welcome back to what you knew was right from the start
All you had to do was to be what you always wanted to be
Welcome back to the love that is in your heart

I know that you thought you could turn your back
And no one could see in your mind
But I can see that you know better now
You never were the untruthful kind
Yeah, and I’m so happy now to welcome you back

Welcome back
Welcome back, (Welcome back to Jesus)
Welcome back

©1971 Dunamis Music

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We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive. —C.S. Lewis

CHUCK SMITH

Pastor of Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa—his recollection:

Chuck Smith“Actually, at the time of the hippie movement, these long-haired, bearded, dirty kids going around the streets repulsed me. They stood for everything I stood against. We were miles apart in our thinking, philosophies, everything.

As their numbers began to grow, God began to lay a burden upon my wife’s heart to reach these kids for Jesus…So, In May of 1968 we rented a little two-bedroom house…By the end of the first week, 21 young fellows had accepted Jesus Christ and moved into the house. By the end of the second week, 35 had accepted the Lord and moved into the house. We had built bunks out into the garage, and they were sleeping wall to wall through the house. One kid was even sleeping in the bathtub.

John Higgins, the elder of the house, called a meeting after the second week. He said, ‘All right, you guys! We’ve got to have a house meeting. Some of you guys have been Christians now for two whole weeks. You’re sitting around here getting fat in the Word. Go out and evangelize! Everyone that’s been a Christian more than a week, split! Get out because we need room to bring in the new Christians.’

Those who had been Christians for over a week had to split. Some of them went out to Tahqultz Canyon and began to witness there. They came across a young girl sitting on a rock reading a Bible. She had a box of oats and tabs of acid. As they started to share Jesus Christ with her, she began to cry. She said, ‘You know, this really blows my mind! I came here two weeks ago to find God. I brought my oats, my acid, my book on Oriental religions, and the Bible. I finished the book on Oriental religions yesterday and started the Bible today. As I started reading, I didn’t understand. I said, “Oh, God, if You’re for real, bring someone along to tell me about it!” Here you guys come up and start telling me about Jesus.'”

Our Mentors

To learn more about any of these men and their written works, visit the links provided, and look for their books at your favorite bookseller.

GEORGE MACDONALD (1824-1905)

Who is George MacDonald?
Quotes

“How I love that man!” Oswald Chambers

“I have never concealed the fact that I regarded him as my master; indeed I fancy I have never written a book in which I did not quote from him.” C.S. Lewis

“The fairy story may be made a vehicle of Mystery. That at least is what George MacDonald attempted, achieving stories of power and beauty when he succeeded.” J.R.R. Tolkien

THE FIRST OF ALL TRUTHS, which a lifetime of church-going and Bible-reading will fail to disclose, is that for life to be a good thing and worth living, a man must be the child of a perfect Father and know Him. —G.M.

OSWALD CHAMBERS (1874-1917)

Oswald Chambers: The Man
Daily Devotional: My Utmost For His Highest

“There is no appeal to the emotions, no cant religious phrases, no anecdotes, just a flow of clear convincing reasoning—stark sincerity, speaking with the authority of deep personal experience.” Douglas Downes

“That Chambers had little use for spiritual fluff is evident. He deals penetratingly with various ethical, psychological, and philosophical issues, as well as everyday matters.” Moody Monthly

IT TAKES GOD ALMIGHTY INCARNATE in us to do the meanest duty to the glory of God. It takes God’s Spirit in us to make us so absolutely humanly His that we are utterly unnoticeable. The test of the life of a saint is not success, but faithfulness in human life as it actually is. We will set up success in Christian work as the aim; the aim is to manifest the glory of God in human life, to live the life hid with Christ in God in human conditions. —O.C.

C.S. LEWIS (1898-1963)

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Into The Wardrobe
 
 
THE SWEETEST THING IN ALL MY LIFE has been the longing…to find the place where all the beauty came from.

—Till We Have Faces

“NOTHING, NOT EVEN THE BEST and noblest, can go on as it now is. Nothing, not even what is lowest and most bestial, will not be raised again if it submits to death. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. Flesh and blood cannot come to the Mountains. Not because they are too rank, but because they are too weak. What is a lizard compared with a stallion? Lust is a poor, weak, whimpering whispering thing compared with that richness and energy of desire which will arise when lust has been killed.” —The Great Divorce

More Quotes:

A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is…A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in.

We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.

When a man is getting worse, he understands his own badness less and less. A moderately bad man knows he is not very good: a thoroughly bad man thinks he is all right.

Critics who treat “adult” as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves.

Mortal lovers must not try to remain at the first step; for lasting passion is the dream of a harlot and from it we wake in despair.

Without the aid of trained emotions the intellect is powerless against the animal organism.

God is not proud…He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to Him.

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.

If you are really a product of a materialistic universe, how is it that you don’t feel at home there?

If these holy places, things, and days cease to remind us, if they obliterate our awareness that all ground is holy and every bush (could we but perceive it) a Burning Bush, then the hallows begin to do harm. Hence both the necessity, and the perennial danger, of “religion.”

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth thrown in. Aim at Earth and you get neither.

The more often a man feels without acting, the less he’ll be able to act. And in the long run, the less he’ll be able to feel.

A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, “darkness” on the walls of his cell.

You cannot go on “explaining away” for ever: you will find that you have explained explanation itself away. You cannot go on “seeing through” things for ever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it.

Consciousness is either inexplicable illusion, or else revelation.

Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.

Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason once accepted, despite your changing moods.

Reasoning is never, like poetry, judged from the outside at all.

For the wise men of old the cardinal problem had been how to conform the soul to reality. For magic and applied science alike the problem is how to subdue reality to the wishes of men.

If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.

When you are arguing against Him you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all.

Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it.

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.

Human beings, all over the earth, have this curious idea that they ought to behave in a certain way, and can’t really get rid of it.

Surely what a man does when he is caught off his guard is the best evidence as to what sort of man he is.

The salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epics and tragedies in the world.

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.

If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.

Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.

Be sure that the ins and outs of your individuality are no mystery to Him; and one day they will no longer be a mystery to you.

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.

The absent are easily refuted.

Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.

Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.

Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free-wills involve, and you find that you have excluded life itself.

A great many of those who “debunk” traditional…values have in the background values of their own which they believe to be immune from the debunking process.

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.

Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.

You find out more about God from the Moral Law than from the universe in general just as you find out more about a man by listening to his conversation than by looking at a house he has built.

Many things—such as loving, going to sleep, or behaving unaffectedly—are done worst when we try hardest to do them.

Our passions are not too strong, they are too weak. We are far too easily pleased.

Morality, like numinous awe, is a jump; in it, man goes beyond anything that can be “given” in the facts of experience.

A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere—”Bibles laid open, millions of surprises,” as Herbert says, “fine nets and stratagems.” God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous.

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.

What seem our worst prayers may really be, in God’s eyes, our best. Those, I mean, which are least supported by devotional feeling. For these may come from a deeper level than feeling. God sometimes seems to speak to us most intimately when He catches us, as it were, off our guard.

Love, while always forgiving of imperfections and mistakes, can never cease to will their removal.

Heaven offers nothing that a mercenary soul can desire.

There will be two kinds of people in the end: Those that will say to God “Thy will be done” and those to whom God will say “Thy will be done.”

Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won`t last forever. We must take it or leave it.

Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey “people.” People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war. Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of the rest.

Unless Christianity is wholly false, the perception of ourselves which we have in moments of shame must be the only true one.

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Lindenville-97The original Lindenville was a cabin in the mountains of northern California, named for Gary & Caren Linden, at a retreat called The Lord’s Land. We had the privilege of staying in Lindenville twice—the second time in 1997, leaving our former home, California, for our new home, the “thumb” of Michigan. Our times at The Lord’s Land confirmed the way less traveled call on our lives, and it’s what Lindenville continues to signify for us.

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