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Dr. Perkins' legacy on justice endures

Dr. John M. Perkins, the keynote speaker at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference spoke on Justice, Compassion and Advocacy issues. Dr. Perkins has been a Civil Rights activist for decades. He accepted Christ in the 1960s.

During a panel discussion later in the conference, Dr. Perkins shared a story of the time he was brutally beaten by authorities in the South, to the point of near death. That's when he said Love changed him. Love, not hatred, filled his face as he spoke about those painful experiences.

Dr. Perkins has worked with writers to create several books on Justice, Compassion and Advocacy issues, including a biography. He works to change the world so God's justice can create reconciliation. God makes the difference where nothing else can.

The statement I found most striking? "I want to make Jesus Christ beautiful."

Books worth reading: Stronger by Jim Daly

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This sounds like a book worth reading. This is the press release:

Spiritual Strength Training: Life’s Challenges Can Make Our Faith Stronger
Focus on the Family President Jim Daly asks: Do we allow our circumstances to define God or allow God to define our circumstances?
Click here to watch the Stronger book trailer!
While serving with Focus on the Family, Daly has come face to face with many people dealing with heartbreaking trials. Yet on a trip to Beijing, China, when he asked a local missionary the question “How do you pray for us?” the answer was eye-opening. “We are praying…for the church in America to get more persecution.” Why would someone viewing the lives of believers living in the U.S. ask such a thing from God? Daly concluded that ours is viewed as a weak faith in need of strengthening.
As Daly began to examine his own life and the lives of those with whom he ministered, he observed that trial and persecution had a markedly different effect upon people, and he discovered that …

A new look and title

If you haven't noticed, or you're new to this blog, I've been tinkering with the look and focus of the heart messages I want to share on this blog. So, Sequoia Thoughts now has a new name, a new description and a new look. I hope you like the changes.

Come back often as we journey in grace to deeper understandings of the hope of his calling.

When love wears boots

Lord, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us. -- Isaiah 26:12 NIV
As a teen, I read love stories. I couldn't read enough. Some weeks, I read two or more.

So, my young heart thought relationships were all about feelings of love. Hollywood did much to sell that lie.

Although feelings are important, I've learned that love is bigger than that. Commitment is a vital component to a lasting love relationship.

Commitment does what feelings can't. Commitment is love with work boots on. Commitment decides to hang in there when times are good and when times aren't. Feelings come and go, but love's commitment endures.

These thoughts are on my mind this morning as I think about our wedding anniversary coming up next week. Thirty-five years ago David and I stood before a pastor, our friends and family and made promises I hoped we could keep with God's help. I must confess, I didn't really think we could get this far. My mother had b…

On faith enough to do what makes us come alive

Ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do that because the world needs people who have come alive."- John Eldredge "Wild at Heart"My only question some days to this inspiring statement is, when you're doing "what makes you come alive," who is paying the bills so you can eat?

I'm grateful for my sweet husband who encourages me to write. And pays the bills as God provides.

How about you? Can you stay alive if you do what makes you come alive?

Faith for today in the One who can

Since my youth, O God, you have taught me,
       and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.
Even when I am old and gray,
       do not forsake me, O God,
       till I declare your power to the next generation,
       your might to all who are to come.
Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God,
       you who have done great things.
       Who, O God, is like you?
Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter,
       you will restore my life again;
       from the depths of the earth
       you will again bring me up.
You will increase my honor
       and comfort me once again.-Psalm 71:17-21 (NIV)

Unpacking

For the last several days I've been attending the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference. My head and heart are packed with information and ideas. As I untangle them, I'll share some here.