• ALL THE DIFFERENCE

    ALL THE DIFFERENCE
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

     God is faithful, fearless, faultless, and fierce. He protects, overshadows, oversees the thoughts, intents, and content of the heart.
    He’s truth based,
    One faced,
    Full of grace …
    God.
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    He retains the power to restore the broken, bruised, battered, and beaten-up.
    He loves cast-aways, run-aways, throw-aways, and far-aways (all those who think they have gone too far.)
    He’s partial to …
    Prodigals,
    Prostitutes,
    Profligates.
    He’s not afraid of the problematic;
    He knows that His presence is our solution.
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    He doesn’t see potential in us;
    He sees potential in what His Son can do through us.
    And there lies all the difference.
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    Maybe you’re lost and far from home;
    Feeling forgotten,
    And very alone.
    Do an about face to the True face.
    Your eyes will glimpse His glory,
    His blood will cleanse your soul ...
    He'll lead you home.
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    "But when Jesus heard that, He said unto them, 'They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. 
    But go and learn what that meaneth, 
    I will have mercy and not sacrifice: 
    for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
    Matthew 9:12-13

  • ONE CELL AT A TIME


    ONE CELL AT A TIME
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

     Sin is like cancer;
    It begins with one little unhealthy cell and then it metastasizes and spreads to other cells in the body.
    It is never content, never confines itself to one,
    It is its nature to grow.
    The longer it goes and grows undetected, the greater the likelihood of a threatening issue in the long term.
    This is the cancer called sin.
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    Where cancer and sin are detected early there is much hope;
    Treatment can begin early and the overall prognosis is much better.
    The preventative screenings of God’s Spirit, word and prayer offer much to the soul in the early stages of sin.
    They “sound off” in the soul and call it quickly into repentance.
    They move with precision into the corrupted cells and destroy them even while they are working to multiply.
    This is God and His therapy called grace.
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    If sin has been brought to your attention,
    PAY ATTENTION!
    Deal with it and don’t conceal it or harbor it.
    Get it out of you and get God’s word into you.
    Sin infects, affects, corrupts, corrodes the health and vitality of the soul and one cell at a time … it grows.
    Kill it.
    Be done with it.
    Activate God’s provisions with immediacy and stay near those who bear the redemptive qualities of truth, love, and grace;
    Necessary components in the body of Christ and needed healing elements for soul and spiritual survival and revival.
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    For an early detection of sin give God thanks.
    For the removal and cleansing of it;
    Give Him praise and adoration.
    Move on with Him,
    Move on in Him,
    And one cell at a time …
    He’ll heal you.

  • A FARAWAY LOOK

    Having a little word fun today …
    Couldn’t help myself.
    -me

    A FARAWAY LOOK
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    A novel idea is the spine of a book,
    And a faraway, faraway, faraway look.
    A dream and a dance, and a dare, and a try;
    A wing and a leap in a thought passing by.

    What shall I call it … a marvel, a gain;
    A plural idea on a singular plain?
    A fixture, a resolute solo in thought,
    A march with a single idea to a trot?

    An entrance, an antiphon mingling anew,
    Like grass in the morning that’s dazzled in dew?
    A shower of rain and the heat of the sun,
    That warms like a dance on the tip of the tongue?

     A story, a novel, the spine of a book;
    Begins with a faraway, faraway look.
    A dream and a dance; and a dare, and a try;
    A wing and a leap in a thought passing by.
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  • THE PILL BOXES

    THE PILL BOXES
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    The smallest of concrete acts can provide some of the most meaningful contributions to our spiritual growth. Here's a practical contribution that might seem silly ... yet prove very valuable.
    Daily, in my contact with a special friend, two plastic pill boxes meet my eyes.
    They hold the pills, one week in advance, that must be taken morning and evening with the goal of aiding a forgetful mind and securing the health of a needy body.
    When the pills are taken, the covers are left open, until a full week has been taken,
    And then the little pill boxes get refilled.
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    Hmmm ...
    I purchased two pill boxes of my own.
    (I learned that they come in different sizes and with an assortment of fonts and colors.)
    In a desire to have a clean and healthy heart, I wrote down the names of seven individuals who I have felt compelled and convicted to pray for. By each of their names I recorded a truth from Scripture as God led me ... and placed them in the boxes. I decided to do "double duty" with them since I feel like they cause double trouble in me.
    Sunday to Saturday,
    Morning and Evening,
    The little pill/prayer boxes get opened, individuals get prayed for, and the boxes stay open.
    The best thing of all is that, while promises are attached to specific individuals, my heart is released and relieved of its problems with the individuals.
     Great problems can be solved by great promises ...
    and God's word is loaded with them.
     I am filled with encouragement and hope in this little pill/prayer endeavor and I rejoice that God aids me with such tangible little helps.
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    Once the covers are all opened, I shut them, and begin all over again.
    Same individuals but maybe different promises;
    And at the right time when my heart gets healthy the names will change.
    But, always, I'm quite sure there will be plenty of problems since there are plenty of people.
    In the meantime I'm thankful for pillboxes, people, and promises for our problems.
    Hmmm ...
    I wonder  what God will do next.
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    "Looking diligently, lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up, trouble you, and thereby many be defiled."
    Hebrews 12:15




  • CAUGHT OFF GUARD

    CAUGHT OFF GUARD
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

     Push the rewind button some fifteen years back.
    We’re headed for a visit to see my Dad in the pines and dense forest of northern Minnesota; land of a thousand lakes, host to an unlimited fishing supply.
    Our suitcases are brought in and our fishing poles come out; there’s still a few hours left of the evening and we decide to try our luck.
    We’re a small fishing trio: my Dad, son Joshua, and myself.
    We scan the familiar lake and silently identify our fishing posts and go our separate ways.
    I drop my line in and I know that my Dad thinks I’ve chosen a poor fishing place. He can’t help himself … and he approaches me with unsolicited advice,
    “Move anywhere, Doll (dad’s nickname for me,) but move on. You’re not going to catch anything here, the fish don’t bite in places like this.”
    Bother and bugger on that ...
    A note of mutual irritability is silently exchanged between us;
    I remain intent on my humble fishing base and say nothing.
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    I cast out my line again aimlessly, and enjoy the peace and quiet afforded me in this hidden, serene, out of the way place.
    Content, cool, feet in the water and mind far away;
    A serious jerk on my line and I’m caught off guard and almost lose my rod.
    An unexpected shout escapes me, my Dad and Joshua hear me over the water, and come running.
    There’s a Northern on the other end;
    He’s an able fighter, strong, healthy, challenging.
    So am I … and a battle ensues between the Northern and I.
    My Dad is giving directives and my son is anxiously holding the net.
    The three of us are fully engaged,
     and finally …
    he’s mine.
    I reel him in and admire his thrashing fight to the finish.
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    Joshua, the ever prepared seasoned fisherman, equipped with a large tackle box, countless fishing lures, and an excellent knowledge and understanding of fishing technique is muttering under his breath,
    “Unbelievable.”
    Pretty much is.
    My Dad is proud and forgets his previous reprimand, and is already revising history in a notable way. He takes my Northern to the main office for a weigh-in.
    Hmmm …
    Who would’ve guessed?
    I just landed the biggest catch of the season.
    An unseasoned individual, an unlikely place, and an amazing catch!
    I won’t mention the size of the fish;
    Just know that it beats the size of yours by an ounce and an inch.
    What a great and unexpected evening!
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    I cannot help but be internally amused as I watch my father and Joshua retire from their chosen stations and select a new environment closer to mine and akin to the environment I mindlessly selected.
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    And the point made:
    Sometimes God takes us by surprise in a similar way.
    Sometimes when we least expect it and least deserve it,
    God does a God thing in our ordinary lives.
    He sends a big fish our way, in some form, and temporarily jars us out of our routine.
    He invites us to experience the extraordinary in an ordinary moment:
    -Moses and the burning bush.
    -David’s call from the sheepfold.
    -Hannah’s fortified womb.
    -Mary’s call to carry the Christ.

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    God doesn’t do marvelous things because we’re marvelous people.
    He does marvelous things because He’s a marvelous God.
    He doesn’t need a big tackle box or equipped individuals;
    Sometimes God gives the biggest catch of the day to the unqualified,
    Unlikely,
    Unchosen,
    Unsuspecting.
    He does God like things to “ungodly” like people,
    Just because He’s God.
    God’s a living wonder that pulls us under,
    And takes us deeper.
    A curious mystery ...
    But so is most everything about Him.
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    “Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that worketh in us.”
    Ephesians 3:20

  • FELLOWSHIP

    FELLOWSHIP
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    If you are looking for individuals to experience true fellowship with:

    Seek out the broken, contrite, and confessing.
    You shall find a home with them,
    A haven among them,
    And the presence of God in their midst.
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  • FORCES AT WORK

    FORCES AT WORK
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    The word of God, the Spirit of God, the blood of Christ, and prayer:
    These are the believer’s power sources made available every moment of every day. Choose to utilize them and you will develop an indomitable spiritual stature and an unshakable faith.
    Choose to negate them and you will live a life that is weak, insufficient, and unfulfilling.
    It’s your choice … you get to decide.
    Prioritize your life and determine what it is you really want out of it and who it is you want to become. Then plan your time accordingly and move your life around the necessary components that will get you there.
    Order your life and do a solid job of it;
    Prioritize your life and do it in concrete and practical ways that define and refine you.
    Get the order right by placing the spiritual components first … and everything else will follow.
    Begin this moment.
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    “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
    Matthew 6:33

  • CHOSEN

    CHOSEN
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    I am not what I own,
    I am not what I earn;
    I am not what I’m taught,
    I am not what I learn.

    Not a product of choices,
    Nor puppet to dance;
    No strings to attach,
    To a reason or chance.

    Not choosing but chosen,
    Not knowing but known;
    Not giving but given,
    Not owning but owned.

    Delivered divinely,
    ‘Tis reason to sing;
    I am what I am ….
    By the grace of the King.
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    “But by the grace of God I am what I am; and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than them all;
    Yet not I; but the grace of God which was with me.”
    1 Corinthians 15:10

  • NAME IT, CLAIM IT

    NAME IT, CLAIM IT
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    The prosperity gospel (referred to as the health and wealth gospel or the name it, claim it gospel) came into being by individuals who believed that God's primary desire was to provide ample physical and material blessing to the man who sought Him. Thus, it was all for the asking, and one had only to possess faith and assurrance of "being deserving" in order to receive. If you did not receive it was because you did not believe.
    If you did not possess it was because you did not ask.
    A belief system based on the amassing of wealth and health doesn't exist in the scripture and certainly isn't a "sign" of a progressive spiritual life ... but to the contrary.
    The poor in spirit and those who experience "true" poverty are those who experience true riches of the purest kind.
    This is Biblical truth.
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    That being said, it's my belief that one can utilize helpful terms in order to arrive at powerful places.
    How about if we utilize the Name it, Claim it principal and apply it to sin and the theme of Redemption?
    Hmmm ...
    What an interesting idea:
    Name it, claim it. (Romans 3:23)
    Address it, confess it. (1 John 1:9)
    Grieve it, leave it. (2 Corinthians 2:6-8)
    Lose it and use it. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
    Perfect. Powerful. Beautiful.
    Biblical.
    Amen.
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    Once God begins this process in your life, turn to the individuals God has placed in your life, and openly identify with them, love them, and work the same plan through again.
    God's word in motion is a powerful thing.
    Let's get real, and deal ...
    With this thing called Redemption.
    "Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted by God."
    2 Corinthians 1:3-4
    Amen.



     

  • IN THE ARENA

    IN THE ARENA
    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”
    -Theodore Roosevelt

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