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Door of Hope

 
In the desert prepare the way for the Lord;
Make straight in the wilderness
A highway for our God.
Isaiah 40:3
 
 
 
For those who are in:
 
 
 
 
 
E)  all of the above
 
Look for the Door of Hope! 
 
 
I will make the Valley of Trouble a Door of Hope.
(based on Hosea 2:15) 
 

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He who has compassion on them will guide them
 And lead them beside springs of water.
Isaiah 49:10
 
 
Recently, I had the opportunity to attend an inspiring conference.  For the past thirty-five years, my family has been connected with Heartbeat, a non-profit educational organization.  Heartbeat provides “springs of living water” to those who are seeking a meaningful life.
 
What makes Heartbeat unique is that “while there are millions of Christian communicators and teachers speaking to Christians, there are very few who have repeatedly focused on communicating with those who are outside of the Christian community.”  Heartbeat uses language that connects with those who are searching for life. 
 
The theme of the conference was “What Really Matters”.  One thing that matters to Heartbeat is being relevant to young adults between the ages of eighteen and twenty-nine.  Several men and women in this age group spoke, and it was startling to see the disconnection between church and the reality of their world.  Please check out Heartbeat.org and consider how you can connect in a deeper way with “those outside the Christian community”.
 
See comments for a challenging essay from Heartbeat.

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You will be like a well-watered garden,
Like a spring whose waters never fail.
Isaiah 58:11
 
 
“Soul growth begins when we actively embrace ourselves, even in seeming failure.  It took a while, just as a new plant takes a while to become itself, but living generatively, cultivating my soul soil … became the call of God to me.”  Luci Shaw, Water My Soul    
 
The Lord will guide you always;
He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land ….
You will be like a well-watered garden,
Like a spring whose waters never fail.
Isaiah 58:11
 
 For Christine — who waited, watched, and now knows the answer is “Dallas”.  I miss you already.
 

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