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Converts Over Convicts - February 28, 2024

February 28, 2024 Viewing all things through the lens of the True and the beautiful! Subscribe for FREE! Pay if you want--or don't! Podcast The True Converts Over Convicts I love to win. Even as a young boy playing backyard baseball, I loved to win and I hated to lose. I also love to be correct. There was a running joke in our family, “Of course Thann is correct; He always is!” It was a not-so-subtle acknowledgment that my view about what I knew vastly exceeded what I actually knew. I would...

2 days ago • 8 min read

February 21, 2024 Viewing all things through the lens of the True and the beautiful! Subscribe for FREE! Pay if you want--or don't! Podcast The True Imaginitivity “I have imaginitivity.” Our daughter quickly corrected herself, “I mean, I have an imagination and creativity.” But I honestly prefer “imaginitivity.” It beautifully captures this intensely creative imagination that is characteristic of our God, and with which you were designed! Consider the fact that the very first thing we are...

9 days ago • 7 min read

February 14, 2024 Viewing all things through the lens of the True and the beautiful! Subscribe for FREE! Pay if you want--or don't! Podcast The True Theirs and Yours “The only thing deemed not good in all of creation was man being alone.” Those were the words of Heather Zempel this past Sunday as she discussed the story of the four unnamed men who dug a hole through the dirt and clay roof above Jesus to lower a fifth unnamed man—an invalid—through the opening in order to gain an audience for...

16 days ago • 8 min read

February 7, 2024 Viewing all things through the lens of the True and the beautiful! Subscribe for FREE! Pay if you want--or don't! Podcast The True Gentle Giant My friend Chad met Jesus face to face last week. Chad was my roommate for five years before I was married, and from my human perspective he was far too young (50) to die. There is no way to assuage the reality that his absence is painful, but I find great solace in the fact he is with Jesus, his suffering is no more, and that he made...

23 days ago • 7 min read

January 31, 2024 Viewing all things through the lens of the True and the beautiful! Subscribe for FREE! Pay if you want--or don't! Podcast The True Groaning and Praising All of creation is groaning. A quick look around the world, the country, or even your neighborhood will confirm this truth. God’s creation is beautiful and magnificent, but the evidence of our separation from God is evident all around us. Romans 8:22 aptly describes this dynamic as, “creation…groaning as in the pains of...

30 days ago • 7 min read

January 24, 2024 Viewing all things through the lens of the True and the beautiful! Subscribe for FREE! Pay if you want--or don't! Podcast The True Council over Counsel “God, I’m here. I’m yours. I’m listening.” It has become a habit to pray that prayer multiple times a day—before I begin my day, before an important conversation or meeting, or even just when I feel impressed to listen quietly for God’s voice. You might consider adopting a similar habit. The words do not have to be the same,...

about 1 month ago • 7 min read

January 17, 2024 Viewing all things through the lens of the True and the beautiful! Subscribe for FREE! Pay if you want--or don't! Podcast The True Treading the Heights “The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights” (Hab. 3:19). I love the story of Habakkuk (I love it so much I wrote a book based on it), and this final verse of the final chapter reads like a mantra of victory! What could be better than to figuratively walk...

about 1 month ago • 7 min read

January 10, 2024 It's caucus time in America, friends . . . or at least in Iowa. There is also a big election case at the U.S. Supreme Court, and it's deja vu all over again in the U.S. Congress. But first, we will consider the two worlds in which we live! Thank you for being part of The Equipped family! Subscribe for FREE! Pay if you want--or don't! Podcast The True Two Worlds A dear friend recently introduced me to the writing of Thomas Traherne, who wrote the following in his book, Waking...

about 2 months ago • 6 min read

January 3, 2024 Happy New Year! We look forward to another year of growing together, and to viewing all things in our world through the lens of the True and the beautiful! Subscribe for FREE! Pay if you want--or don't! Podcast The True A Crazy Man, a Crazy Reaction, and Crazy Forgiveness You should read the book of Jonah today. Seriously, do yourself a favor and read it. It is four short chapters, and there is so much more than just a man surviving being swallowed by a huge fish (although...

about 2 months ago • 9 min read

December 27, 2023 The Equipped is turning one year old! This issue marks 52 straight weeks of our community gathering together to grow in the grace of viewing our world through the lens of the True and the beautiful! We wanted to mark the occasion by inviting you behind the scenes for a video greeting from The Equipped "studio" (translation: a converted end of the Bennett barn): Subscribe for FREE! Pay if you want--or don't! Podcast The True A Perfect Plan God has a perfect plan, and that...

2 months ago • 7 min read
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