The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. ~ Psalm 34:18, NIV
by Tami Heim
Paul Tripp’s mission is connecting people to the transforming power of Jesus Christ in everyday life. He’s definitely a sticky pastor—he keeps it real and isn’t one to compromise the message he’s been given. Because of that he’s leading for Christ and making a difference that lasts.
A ministry president, Presbyterian pastor, and seminary professor Paul speaks and preaches around the world. He’s written ten books and his passion for culture, transparency, the church, and pastors are just a few of the reasons Ruth Graham invited Paul to The Cove, in Ashville, North Carolina for a recent mindstorming session on transparency. You don’t want to miss this . . .
Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven. - Luke 6:7
Going through the motions doesn’t please you, a flawless performance is nothing to you. I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love don’t for a moment escape God’s notice. ~ Psalm 51:17, The Message
by Tami Heim
John Bishop, pastor of Living Hope Church in Vancouver, Washington, spoke at Ruth Graham’s gathering at The Cove, in Ashville, North Carolina last week. During a 2-day intensive on transparency that included diverse minds from around the country, John shared what it means to be a living example of transparency and what Ruth Graham calls outrageous grace.
You see, Living Hope Church was the first mega church to invite Ted and Gail Haggard to speak after their return to full-time ministry following a very public scandal. John transported us back to that day at his church and shared how God moved. It just so happened, Ted Haggard was sitting in the audience at the Cove while John spoke, which amplified the humanity of the moment. Here’s a video that recaps that outrageous grace-filled day at Living Hope Church. You really don’t want to miss this . . .
“To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.” ~Isaiah 61:3, NLT
Life is just plain hard. Yes, you know exactly what we’re talking about. Some days unfold like exhausting, convoluted detours, while other days abruptly explode before our eyes. The boulder falls with a thud and so begins the task of re-assembling the millions of little pieces trapped beneath it that require nothing less than the holy, attentive hands of God.
Brokenness happens. In fact, it’s a prophesy and promise that touches us all.
Every day you bump and bounce from one hurt to the next. And at any point you can cause—or carry away—the burden of another’s heart. It’s a delicate balance to be sure.