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  1. Paige says:

    Thank you Michael….. hope you can get outdoors and enjoy this gorgeous Fall day…

    Love you

  2. Michael says:

    Love you too,my friend!

  3. Weary Traveler says:

    Thank you, Michael. I sobbed for a while after reading this. Having you acknowledge all the anonymous souls like me who have given of themselves out of love and obedience to the Lord was such an encouragement. When your best is never good enough for your leader, and then you realize that your leaders have been deceiving you and everyone else for years, you realize that your trust, your faith, and your humility was all used against you. It shakes you. You wonder what you did wrong. You struggle to understand what happened. The words in your post were like the Lord saying “I know your life, and I know your heart. I know you feel punished for trying to follow me, but it wasn’t you who was in the wrong. I am pleased with you.” I needed to hear that.

  4. Dan from Georgia says:

    Good words Michael. Thanks for propping up the Christians who are trying to, and doing, the RIGHT thing!

  5. Michael says:

    Weary Traveler,

    Those were the words I wanted you to hear…and I believe that God wanted you to hear.
    Don’t grow weary, my friend.

  6. Michael says:

    Thank you, Dan!

    There are many, many, who God is well pleased with despite the sins of some.

  7. Nonnie says:

    These are healing words to some wounded heats. This is beautiful, Michael.

  8. Michael says:

    Thank you, Nonnie…I hope that is the case.

  9. Uriahisaliveandwell says:

    Thank you, Michael ——
    Thank you, Weary Traveler.

    In this life, don’t ever give up and become weary in well doing. My heart is filled with tears in being reminded that none of this is in vain, so even if you don’t have a roof over your head and you don’t know if you will find food today or a safe place to sleep, think upon the many blessings that you do have and draw upon those memories where He has been there and brought you through the crucible with a strengthening of your faith, a deeper love relationship with Him and longing to be home, in His time and according to His good purpose. “And the things of the world grows strangely dim in the Light of His Beauty and Grace.

    Sobbing, as well—–

  10. Em says:

    Michael, i am so glad that you chose to write this today… somehow, the notoriety that we get is for our lame-brained leaders and those who exploit the Faith for personal gain…
    the whole world is tired of politics it seems, let alone the Body of Christ in our pasteurized churches

  11. Michael says:

    Thank you, Uriah… there are better days coming that will never end.

  12. Em says:

    #11 – that’s a fact, weary pilgrims

  13. Michael says:

    Em,

    I can write negative stories about leaders all day long, for a very long time.

    I could write even longer about the kindness and generosity of the the people of God that no one knows except the people they quietly touch.

    The Holy Spirit of God is alive, well, speaking and working through His church…but often not through the ones who think they speak for Him.

  14. Em says:

    i have been impacted deeply by the reports of the horrible acts being perpetrated on so many, to us, anonymous Christians in other parts of the world right now, thinking about the Exodus from Egypt where, in spite of jaw dropping miracles a whole generation declared that God wasn’t very nice or fair and folks i know personally and stories on this site and i realize this life has purpose only as it relates to God’s ultimate plan – we are truly on the side of the (good) angels – pray

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