For this reason…


Ephesians 3:14-20

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name.  I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. 

I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.  Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.  Amen.”

 For this reason.  For this reason…and what reason is that?  Paul had just written that he was the very least of all the saints and it was God’s grace that was granted to him to preach the boundless riches of Christ. 

For and because of God’s grace, it is that for that reason that Paul’s knees bow before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name.  God’s grace is the reason.

Salvation by grace through faith.  This unlimited treasure of grace.  Let me ask you this question, do you allow yourself to be full open to receive grace?  Are you able to fully receive it and extend it to others?

I am guilty of this.  I am guilty of not taking the time to reflect on all that God has done for me and taking many times for granted.  I am guilty of being closed off to grace at times and of trying to do something to earn it.

Maybe you have done the same.  Gone through a time of spiritual dryness or struggle.  Trying to balance the demands of ministry, family, your own spiritual growth and for those of us that are bi-vocational, a full-time job as well.  Too many things to get done, allowing little time to reflect on God’s work in our own lives.

 Paul was a man that suffered many hardships for the sake of the gospel.  He became a servant according to the gift of God’s grace.  As we all know Paul wasn’t always a servant for Christ.  He persecuted Christians and tried to extinguish the early church.  God’s redeeming work and grace took a man that killed Christians and made him a man that would help save them. 

Paul is the most prolific writer in the New Testament.  If grace can change a heart that hard, what can it do for each of us?  What each one of us are capable of.  For this reason, for the saving grace of our God, my knees bow before the Father.

Pastor Shawn LaRue

Author of Incomplete

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Bloggers you might ❤ 7/04/2017


I have a “promote your blog link” on my site where I encourage people to leave a link to their blog and a short description about their site or themselves.

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Carey Bryant:  My blog is called Two Greek Words and is a blog on Christian Theology (the word “theology” is derived from two Greek words). I write about the deeper things of faith and have some posts on apologetics as well.  I was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I married my beautiful wife, Brittany, on May 3, 2015.  I graduated from Bryan College with a BA in Biblical Studies in 2012. I love playing the drums and listening to music. I also enjoy playing sports and being active (when I feel like it). I am an introvert who loves to read books, usually about topics that bore most people. I am extremely obsessed with all things related to Batman and I can actually be seen in the Dark Knight Rises (if you pause the movie at just the right moment and have a magnifying glass handy). I am a follower of Christ and I seek to live out God’s Word as revealed to us in the Bible. God has given me a passion to study His Word and this blog is an outcome of this passion. You can learn about my journey into the world of Theology here!

Susan Gutterman:  I am an amateur photographer and occasional blogger. I participate in a number of regular photo challenges on WP and FB. I run my own weekly challenge https://musinwithsusan.com/2017/02/22/macro-moments-challenge-week-32/, and hope some of your followers will decide to participate. I love to travel and use my site for a trip journal on each large trip that I take. I would love to tell you that I am a blithe, free-spirit who will captivate you with my amazing adventures.  Alas, in reality, I am a somewhat compulsive, “woman of a certain age” who dabbles in photography and technology, especially anything Apple, and loves to travel.  That being said, I hope that you will still find what I have to share with you somewhat interesting.

buddingregardlessBudding Regardless (https://buddingregardless.wordpress.com) is a site I created October 2016. The content I post about are more or less deeper then inspirational, my aim is to make people think more logically about things that we see and do on a daily basis. This blog site is solely created by Mbalenhle Khuzwayo who is an art student. The site consists of opinionated material written by Mbalenhle. Intentions aren’t to offend readers but to broaden their thoughts on certain things where necessary. Reading with an open mind is highly advisable.

TheThingsILearntI work for a very famous Automobile company but writing gives me more peace. I want to become a writer and want to talk about the things which can help us improving as Human Beings.

TiTaNiUmI’m Irfan Hassan From J&K, India and Im a Government Employee. Irfan is a devout Muslim and loves to talk about Islam and it’s great prophet.

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Bloggers you might ❤ 31/03/2017


I have a “promote your blog link” on my site where I encourage people to leave a link to their blog and a short description about their site or themselves.

“Hint: Please write something interesting”

These are a few blogs that I would like to feature today

Annapurani Vaidyanathan:  I’m Annapurani, and I’m sharing here a link to one of my posts. I invite everyone out here to have a look at my blog space, share your views and come back for more. Cheers! https://annapurani93.wordpress.com/2017/02/18/satiating-saturdays-prioritize-✨/

#hhhigh: Welcome to hhHigh ministry of Faith and Relationship with your creator. Inspiring new generation . A generation which lost their true identity in God. My name is Dariush, I am living in beautiful Australia. I am young , wild and thirsty for the presence of God. I am learning and in a journey to be like Him. Lets discover this new life with me. We will go to another world , that Our God provided for us already. A world of LOVE and GRACE. I’ve written many books some are :

1a- 7 Things For Your Soul ( English Language – released on 23/12/16)

1- Serving the Living God ( English language )

2- The 48 ( Persian language )

I learnt that it does not matter where we live we need each other. We all human, we all here to love each other, to live in peace and unity.

One Flawsome MommaMy name is Jackie. I am a mother, scratch that…. a flAWSOME mother, to a feisty, beautiful, and loving little girl. My marriage fell apart in 2014 and now I’m just doing the best I can with what I have. While I am a mother first, I am also just a woman juggling a career and mental and physical baggage. I am a Geriatric Nurse, an Ostomate, and I battle with recurring anxiety and depression. This blog is a chronicle of my random thoughts and experiences – with the hope that someone reading will be inspired, laugh, or maybe even both. Join me in embracing confidence and peace in the presence of our flaws.

theclosetatheistMy blog is about my thoughts and experiences as a Lutheran student attending a Christian college… but I’m actually an atheist. Take a look at  theclosetatheist39.wordpress.com to read about what it’s like to hide such a big secret. Since I’m still in the closet, however, you won’t be learning much else about who I am on this site. Perhaps when I come out as an atheist, I’ll be more willing to elaborate on the details of who I am and where I’m from, but for now, I’ll tell you what I can. I am a part of a heavily Lutheran family. I have been nonreligious for about 10 years, but I started to really learn about atheism and learn what I believe about a year ago. I’m reading The God Delusion (slowly: college is time-consuming) for the first time. I’ve started watching atheist videos on YouTube, such as The Atheist Voice, The Thinking Atheist, CosmicSkeptic, and JaclynGlenn.

J David PeeverI look forward to sharing my journey including my failures, frustrations and the lessons I have learned as a Christ follower, husband, father, grandfather (I know, hard to believe, me being so young) author and pastor. The older I get the more questions I have, the more questions I have, the more likely I will seek out answers rather than assuming that I have it all figured out. When you visit my blog at https://live4him.ca/ I hope you will end up with more questions than answers, leading you on a similar journey as you seek to understand what it is to live life following God’s plan, done God’s way, in God’s timing, with God’s chosen resources. Over the past 50 years, give or take a few months, I have received an education from the world’s classroom and an honorary degree from the school of accumulative and applied experiences. Don’t look them up on the internet or contact the government to see if these are accredited schools. They do not have a physical location or a system of accountability to make sure they are successfully preparing students for the real world.

mohamadkarbiI’m not a regular blogger. I write mainly in tech but accounting is the one that pays my bills.  “They said that learning, knowledge, and science are better than money. These protect you and you protect money! But, I can’t study unless I have money… And, if you were smart without enough money, you wouldn’t be able to buy books or to pay the school’s tuition… Rather, you would then think in bread, food, and livelihood… You would lose your intelligence… Meanwhile, a lot of rich people haven’t studied at all.”

KetCage: My blog is basically a platform for me to put out all my feelings and thoughts. I don’t have any specific topic for my blog. I just write what I feel. I have noticed that I love writing about love. I think blogging is an awesome way to understand people. You get so many opinions and that’s something I crave for. Do take a look at my blog and share your opinions! It matters a lot to me. Thank you so much! You can email me at ketcage@gmail.com.

harpreetmakkar: I m pursuing CA course from the ICAI , previously graduated in Bachelor of commerce from Panjab University . These blog posts narrate my extended ideas/opinions on varied subjects like, Self realization, motivation,quotes and fiction stories.

the MusicalMuser I am a Christian inspirational writer who writes poems and other creative works. “I am only a passerby gathering reflections, ponderings, and musings along the way. my hope is that you will find solace and encouragement in these words. you are not alone!” let’s connect! i’d love to hear from you!

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Bloggers you might ❤ 23/03/2017


I have a promote your blog link on my site where I encourage people to leave a link to their blog and a short description about their site or themselves.

“Hint: Please write something interesting”

These are a few blogs that I would like to feature today

beerenitynowdoug: Beer blogs are usually boring and just reviews with jargon that sounds ridiculous. Beer blogs can be so much more. That’s my quest and I welcome you to my “not so average” beer blog Beer-enity Now!

Joyfull Mom: My name is Tisha. I love to encourage and inspire people and make an impact in people’s lives around the world. My passion is health and wellness and finding the positive side of circumstances. My blog includes gluten-free support, homeschool, inspiration and encouragement, essential oils, natural wellness, and more. I love helping people and I my mission is to support multiple missions and charities through my fundraising business. I have six beautiful children and I homeschool. I am a mom on a mission! Thank you for visiting my blog 🙂 Blessing. http://www.joyfullinspirations.com

Rightingnow.com: I have two blogs, one for my nonfiction and poetry and another for my fiction writings. I separated the blogs because my non fiction site, http://rightingnow.com, is mostly a site of inspiration and hope and my fiction writing, http://saidthecrazymom.com is a bit darker. I didn’t want to scare my friends and family or make them think that I needed an intervention! In the last three years I have experienced the deaths of my mother, my father, my husband, and the man I fell in love with after my husband. I’m still here, still believing, still living, still writing! I write because I must. I share because I want to help others and because I like the attention (at least I’m honest!). If someone finds my blogs on this list and drops by, please let me know you’ve been there with a like or a comment and I will click on and read some of your work as well! Lets support each other in our creativity!

miniontourMy name is Paul. I own a classic style Mini (Mayfair) which we use to travel around the United Kingdom (UK). To date we have travelled to Scotland, Wales and a lot of England. We have had plans in the past to drive to Ireland, that has yet to happen. I include my hobby of Photography in these ‘tours of the UK’ taking pictures of the many beautiful things we see on our journeys. The content on the website is predominantly those photographs with which I include text from Wikipedia and links relating to the visit. I have written my thoughts on the places visited in the past, but not being a writer I tend to leave that to the experts. http://www.redmini.co

PeteI have two blogs that are both Christian in nature. I do my nest to post everyday on both of these, but sometimes that does not happen. And sometimes it’s ore than once a day. I post as the Spirit leads me. The first is my poetry blog. Since 2010, I have been writing poems and songs for the Lord. He gives them to me at all times of day, and I do my best to get the words right. With well over 1,000 written so far, He is still speaking to me almost daily and giving me new material. I know they will bless you. These can be found at https://psalmistpetegardner.com. I also post poems inspired by the Daily Prompt here. The second blog is currently a walk through the Psalms. I am heading close to Psalm 119 as I write this, and will be doing long chapter that in 8 verse segments. This is not a bible study as much as it is my personal reflections on what the words say to me. I trust the Lord to give me insight from my 35 years in ministry, and often end up challenging myself as much as I do the reader. This can be found at https://www.petertgardner.wordpress.com, There are also occasionally some personal stories and reflections thrown in here as well. I would love to have you stop by my blogs!

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Bloggers you might ❤ 03/17/2017


I have a promote your blog link on my site where I encourage people to leave a link to their blog and a short description about their site or themselves.

“Hint: Please write something interesting”

These are a few blogs that I would like to feature today

susiesopinions: I have been married to the same guy for 36 years now.  Before we met, he was in the Royal Air Force, for 22 years.  We are English, and have lived in Florida for 28 years. My favorite things to do are write, walk the beach, workout at the gym, and dancing. Being 68 years young, I now have time to do all of these. Susie is an avid product reviewer. At her site you will find honest reviews of different products in no particular order.

nkdwhtguy: This blog is mostly about songs for my (our?) moods, Thoughts, Songs, Words

Tina – Invisible Illnesses Blog: Invisible Illnesses – Awareness, Education, Research & Quips – Trying to reach people that need a boost in life by letting them know they are not alone, and provide educational material on illnesses. I’m Tina, I currently have many invisible illnesses. Interstitial cystitis (IC), fibromyalgia (fibro), diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, pelvic floor dysfunction, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, generalized anxiety disorder, TMJ, PTSD, migraines, chronic pain syndrome, chronic fatigue, Epstein Barr Virus and I’ve had 31 surgeries. I take a lot of medication to control these issues. But if you were to see me, you would just think I am a fat person that needs to exercise and eat less.

Marshall at Sharing God’s Story (https://SharingGodsStory.net): I blog about my life of growing spirituality, addiction recovery, and as a child of God.A grateful disciple of Jesus Christ, I try to practice His teachings in all my affairs. I’ve got a long way to go, but He has brought me far from what I was.

The Soumyadeep: I took up writing/rambling at the age of seven. However, I started up with this blog only a month back, not professionally but to satisfy my cores. Quixote’s Kid is something that reflects human behavior and surrealism via “theistic approach applied to sciences”. I’m sure you’ll be happy to read either of my posts because our imagination is the most powerful weapon bestowed upon us by the Almighty: Personification of the moon and the sun is old-school but here I present it only uniquely, in a scientific way. Until Dusk.. – http://wp.me/p8iO5K-1D ‘Lasting’ sexual pleasures is not actually meant for everyone to seek. Kitchen – http://wp.me/s8iO5K-kitchen Don’t let our Saviour fall scarce. – http://wp.me/s8iO5K-bluish There are a few more literature works of mine that home the blog page; go through cautiously and you may end up answering the riddles, those questioning us of being what we are. May God bless us all alike.

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