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About: My name is Mike. 26. INTP. Student of Psychology, mental health counseling, to be specific. I live in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago.

With no way to choose God
Chosen without condition
Among the undeserving few
Overcome by grace
Covered now and forever

I am the lead vocalist/lyricist of Afterimage. We play melodic death metal.

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Bloodlines with John Piper

Over the years, I have come to realize that the greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity, or power, but self-rejection. Success, popularity, and power can indeed present a great temptation, but their seductive quality often comes from the way they are part of the much larger temptation to self-rejection. When we have come to believe in the voices that call us worthless and unlovable, then success, popularity, and power are easily perceived as attractive solutions. The real trap, however, is self-rejection. As soon as someone accuses me or criticizes me, as soon as I am rejected, left alone, or abandoned, I find myself thinking, “Well, that proves once again that I am a nobody.” … [My dark side says,] I am no good… I deserve to be pushed aside, forgotten, rejected, and abandoned. Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the “Beloved.” Being the Beloved constitutes the core truth of our existence. —Henri Nouwen
The wait itself is a gift of grace. You see, waiting is not only about what you will receive at the end of the wait. Waiting is about what you will become as you wait…Waiting means surrendering your glory. Waiting means submitting to his glory. Waiting means understanding that you were given life and breath for the glory of another. Waiting gives you opportunity to forsake the delusion of your own glory and rest in the God of awesome glory. Only when you do that will you find what you seek, and what you were meant to have: lasting identity, meaning, purpose, and peace in Christ. In this way waiting is is much more than a burden for you to bear; it is a precious gift for you to receive with joy. —Paul Tripp

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Over the last three days, I was privileged to lead a group of ten through serving projects all around Chicago. I watched them share deeply, encourage one another, and worship in a breath-taking unity as they gathered to seek a God who is rebuilding His kingdom among the unseen, unheard, and unwanted people of the world. Each location and every person was entirely unique, yet guided by a single purpose: Grace. Throughout our time that was filled with an immeasurable amount of life-giving interactions; we saw a God who meets our needs, hears our deepest cries, and desires us completely.

The book of James guided the mission of our group each night as we reoriented our hearts:

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
James 1:17

Over the last three days, I was privileged to lead a group of ten through serving projects all around Chicago. I watched them share deeply, encourage one another, and worship in a breath-taking unity as they gathered to seek a God who is rebuilding His kingdom among the unseen, unheard, and unwanted people of the world. Each location and every person was entirely unique, yet guided by a single purpose: Grace. Throughout our time that was filled with an immeasurable amount of life-giving interactions; we saw a God who meets our needs, hears our deepest cries, and desires us completely.

The book of James guided the mission of our group each night as we reoriented our hearts:

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
James 1:17

Grace and glory differ very little; the one is the seed, the other is the flower; grace is glory militant, glory is grace triumphant. —Thomas Brooks

If Malala Yousafzai loses the Nobel Peace Prize to Vladimir Putin, will there be any hope of anyone taking the Nobel Peace Prize seriously anymore?

One of these things is not like the other: Aung San Suu Kyi, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, Vladimir Putin.

A red sun rises… blood has been shed this night. -Legolas of Mirkwood (at Tower Lake)

A red sun rises… blood has been shed this night. -Legolas of Mirkwood (at Tower Lake)

Faith Is More Simple Than We Make It

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Many times I’ll talk with Christians who are burdened by the programmatic weight of their religious activity. They’re shackled by the inadequacy of their spiritual progress.

I meet Christians who say, “I just don’t feel like I’m doing enough. I only went to church twice this week, I…