Can You Honestly Say "I love you and I like you"?

                                                 [Guest blog - April Lonneville]

It was the beginning of July 2018. Jon and I were headed out of the state to officiate a friend’s wedding.

We took the rare opportunity to get away together for a few days and headed to the Adirondack Mountains to connect. A few days earlier, we had taken an assessment a friend was talking to me about. (At that time, we had never heard of the enneagram test.)

As we drove through the quiet mountains, listening to the descriptions of our results, I could feel a door creaking open that made me nervous.

It was a door I knew needed to open for me personally, and for our marriage… but, on the other side of that door was vulnerability. Exposure. Intimacy.

Sometimes that can be scary.

Usually, it’s scary enough that many of us just don’t go there.

As the layers...

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The #1 Reason "Doing" (alone) Gets A Bad Rap

Let's talk about "Doing" vs "Being", or maybe let's talk about "Doing" without "Being".

In the past couple of decades, there has been a lot of emphasis on just "being". It is valuable to "be". 

     Be in God's presence.

     Know who you are as a believer.

     Rest in His love without striving.

     Seep yourself in gratefulness that salvation cannot be earned, but only can come through receiving.

THIS IS ALL INVALUABLE! Our foundational core needs to be centered!

Yet somehow in the midst of it all "doing" got a bad rap. I find myself with James on this. 

My brothers and sisters, if people say they have faith, but do nothing, their faith is worth nothing. Can faith like that save them? James 2:14

Pretty clear to me.

And yet I get it. If we have only "doing" or works, we are completely missing the point of grace. 

"Doing" gets a bad rap when it is not preceded by "being".

Ephesians 2:10 says, "God...

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