Archives For Presence of God

Your corner’s coming

Chris Heinz —  October 14, 2015 — 3 Comments

Usually when you want to give up, breakthrough is just around the corner.

Stay in it.

Don’t throw it in, don’t relent, don’t hang up the towel.


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There’s a saying that goes, “What you put in, you get out.”

We use this when trying to motivate our kids to stick with an activity: “Come on Johnny, unless you put time into karate, you’re not going to enjoy it.”

Or we coach ourselves with this same advice: “Okay Me, if I master accounting, it’ll pay off eventually.”

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Now we get to the third and final question in this series on Christ.

We’ve already considered, “How often do I think on Jesus?” and “How often do I tell Jesus what I think of him?” We also made a Think On Jesus List to help us think about Jesus, and then tell Jesus what we think of him. You could say we’ve looked inward and we’ve looked upward, but now we do something else.

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Do you remember the little exercise I asked you to do last time? I asked you to write down every good thing you have in Christ, for three minutes.

This caused us to reflect on a first question, “How often do I think on Jesus?”

But now we consider a second question.

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A few months ago, I met a man named David Bryant. He has a deep, penetrating voice that is probably how an Old Testament prophet would have sounded, although it’s not as much the sound and rhythm of his voice that is so penetrating, but his words. There is power, truth, and gravitas behind them. He’s speaking the words of God.

David’s current work is to lead what he calls “Christ Institutes” in order to spark “Christ Awakenings” all over the world. I have to say—he’s done that for me. Since meeting David, my walk with Christ hasn’t been the same. This is my thirtieth year of being a Christian, but I’ve concluded I hardly know Jesus, who is the author of my faith, who is the Christ in Christianity.

So I’ve been asking myself three questions, and I wonder if you’d ask yourself the same.

But first, let’s do a little exercise.

1. Grab a pen, paper, and three-minute timer. Don’t read ahead until you get them.

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As the VP of Marketing and Company Chaplain for EnergyCAP, Inc., I have an exciting announcement—today we launched a new blog at with weekly emails to encourage you to connect with God at your workplace.

Nowadays, we’re more connected than ever. We don’t have to be in the same office with coworkers or be face-to-face with clients to communicate with them. Phones, video chat, email, instant message, text, webinar, and wireless internet access are everywhere. Yes, we’re more connected than ever.

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Yesterday at the grocery store, the woman in front of me was taking a very long time to check out. I looked for a shorter line, but you know how it goes—the longer you’re in one line, the more committed you feel to riding it out. So I did.

Then I got nosy. Why was she taking such a long time? I leaned in while trying to act undercover, and then I realized what the holdup was. Miss Slowpoke was choosing which items to take off her bill. She had gone over her budget.

So methodically she picked up each item, inspected it, and pronounced her judgment:

“Canned mushrooms – Keep”
“Electronic toothbrush – Go”
“Mozzarella cheese – Keep”
“Mustache wax – Go”

And so forth. It was painful. But it got me thinking about God, specifically delighting in God in 2015.

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Give God Your Brokenness

Chris Heinz —  December 3, 2014 — 1 Comment

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34.18)

Once there was a man, and he had a broken heart. He heard God was coming to dinner. So he gathered the shards of his scattered heart and taped them together. He hoped the adhesive would hold.

After all, when God comes to dinner, you have to put yourself together (at least he thought).

The man made it through the greeting and the first course. He made it halfway through the second. But it was too much to hide. The man’s hobbled heart wasn’t holding.

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Tell God You’re All In

Chris Heinz —  December 1, 2014 — 2 Comments

“Love the LORD with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” (Matthew 22.37-38)

A man and woman were coming upon their 50th wedding anniversary. She asked how they should mark this special occasion. He threw out some ideas: they could host a reception at a banquet hall, go on a ten-day cruise, reenact their wedding ceremony, or upgrade their wedding rings.

“Wow, these ideas are wonderful,” she said, “But there’s just one thing I want.”

He responded, “What’s that my love? You can have anything.”

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Can An Orphan Heal?

Chris Heinz —  April 30, 2014 — 6 Comments

Panic crashing down, I awoke when it was still dark outside.

My heartbeats thundered through my veins, I could feel them speeding up and getting heavier: Boom, boom, boom.

No, slow down, breathe, find peace. I practiced the normal tactics in times like this—tried breathing slower, tried to think a happy thought, a kitten, a puppy. I tried to pray. But nothing worked—I was a wreck.

I lumbered downstairs and plopped on the couch in my office. Why was I so anxious?

Then two thoughts came to mind.

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