Tag: Mike Yaconelli

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Advent 2012 Day 12 The Wonder of Christmas

“Take surprise out of faith and all that is left is dry and dead religion. Take away, mystery from the gospel and all that is left is a frozen and petrified dogma. Lose your awe of God and you are left with an impotent deity. Abandon astonishment and you are left with meaningless piety. When ...

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Reckless Wonder

I continue my thoughts on wonder as I came across Isaiah 55 this morning: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,        neither are your ways my ways,”        declares the LORD.   “As the heavens are higher than the earth,        so are my ways higher than your ways        and my thoughts than ...

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Clearings

One of the not-often recognized benefits of the spiritual disciplines is that they create space in our lives for God to do what only he can do. We cannot force ourselves to grow spiritually but the disciplines create a “clearing” (more needed than we realize) whereby we am able to pay attention and respond to the activity of God in ...

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In the Mess of Our Unfixedness

“Spirituality is not about competency; it is about intimacy. Spirituality is not about perfection; it is about connection. The way of the spiritual life begins where we are now in the mess of our lives. Accepting the reality of our broken, flawed lives is the beginning of spirituality, not because the spiritual life will remove ...