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by Ty Orr - 7 months

How Did I Become Spiritually Paralyzed?

I do suppose, and I pray my deduction is accurate, that you and I desire to live within the beautiful refreshment received through our personal relationship with Jesus. It seems at least (from 25 years of pouring out love and council into countless individuals, marriages and congregations), each of us earnestly desires relief from the soul-scorching heat and intense pressure that comes upon us all every day throug...

by Ty Orr - 8 months

The Benefit of Christ as Our Foundation

As music students, we all remember those first exciting and difficult lessons. The overwhelming discomfort and frustration that naturally comes from having someone judge and criticize our every movement was often outweighed by the joy found in the newness of the journey. From our posture, to the placement of each individual finger, all in an exhaustive battle to make sure we have the basic techniques correct and a...

by Ty Orr - 9 months

The Key to Discerning the Will of God

How can we discern the will of God for our lives? I dare say 90% of our problem when we want to know God’s will is we’re looking for the easy way instead of His way.The first thing we need to do is get our plans - our own will - completely out of the way.We need to seek, from the beginning of any venture of faith, to get our hearts into such a place as to have no personal agenda of our own in regar...

by Ty Orr - 11 months

How to Keep New Year's Resolutions

When we come to the beginning of the new year, many of us think about making new resolutions, setting fresh goals, like going to the gym every day, eating right or just stop eating donuts. There is an innumerable amount of other things that sound really good and healthy but we never really follow through with any of them. We know we shouldn't stay up late (and rise early, as the psalmist tells us in Psalm 127), bu...

by Ty Orr - about 1 year

Does Your Speech Bite Like a Serpent?

When I was young, my grandfather would whisper in my ear over and over a beautiful piece of paternal wisdom, “If you don’t have anything nice to say about dinner, don't say anything at all if you want to live.” He would faithfully share that with me each and every time my grandmother would make liver and onions for dinner. I have often looked back through my adult life and considered the numerous times I should ha...

by Ty Orr - about 1 year

How Vigilant Are You with the Company You Keep?

There comes a point in time for every one of us where we need to make the painful choice to separate ourselves from hurtful people. You would think that it was easy because they are causing us pain and discomfort. Yet, it never is. Why? Often these are some of the closest friends, classmates, confidants and sometimes, even family. We do see clearly and know they are going in a direction with their time, energy and...

by Ty Orr - about 1 year

How a Wound from a Friend Brings Healing

As we seek to grow daily in our personal relationships with God, we can all suffer from a critical blindness of sorts. It is not the “blind leading the blind into a ditch” kind of darkness, but rather an inability to clearly perceive and navigate how we are actually doing in our lives spiritually, emotionally, physically and relationally with God and with others. We quite often are under the delusion that we’re at...

by Ty Orr - about 1 year

Nothing is Ever Done in Secret

It is of utmost importance that men and women of the church, today more than ever in history, would live to please God, work to be fruitful in this life we have been gifted to live, and engage the generations and their different and unique cultures around us for Christ Jesus our Lord. How do we do this? God tells us through the prophet Micah, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require o...