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“ From cowardice that shrinks from new truth;

from laziness that is content with half-truth;

from arrogance that thinks it knows all truth,

O God of Truth deliver us!”

(Author Unknown - From Ken Blue’s “Authority to Heal”)


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The Beautiful Third Thing
March 26, 2010

Terry Wardle spoke one day in class about "the Third Thing" that God does. The third thing is what you get when you take something from our lives and God brings something of Himself to bear on it. It's not one or the other in character but

As I was working through some "stuff" in my life in the solitude of my snow days in Ohio I was drawn to reflect on the Beautiful Third Thing and so what follows is the fruit of that reflection. I offer it simply as an expression of awe before God at how much He loves us. Maybe this "Third Thing" is part of what Jesus wants to do for His broken leaders and His Bride.

my weakness + His strength = Glory
my sin + His atonement = New Creation
my brokenness + His Healing = Wholeness
my gifts + His Spirit = Ministry
my surrender + His Grace = Transformation
my fear + His Love = Security
my faith + His Sight = Vision
my impossibilities + His Possibilities = Miracle
my emptiness + His Fullness = Intoxication
my instrumentality + His Inspiration = Praise
my heart + His community = Sanctuary
my life + His Presence = Safety
my despair + His Plan = Hope
my thirst + His Water = Fullness
my doubt + His Belief in Me = Ignition
my desperation + His Care = Change
my desperation + His Provision = Anticipation
my desperation + His Power = Signs & Wonders
my desperation + His Desperation = A Fresh Outpouring of His Spirit

O Lord Jesus, Make us as desperate for you as You are for us and may the desperation and brokenness we offer be all You need to do a Beautiful Third Thing in the lives of your people!


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