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    Book Launch Today!

    It’s today–the official launch of The Fourth Chair! The books have arrived at the publisher’s and are ready to ship. I’m very excited and also grappling with the book’s unknown future (heart on my sleeve alert). What does God have in mind for this book? Who does He have in mind to read it? Time will tell, and I get to practice what I preach by ensuring He remains in charge of the whole endeavor. If you’d like to help, here’s how you can:1. I have books to give-away to 10 people willing to read and write a short review that will post on the book’s website and my social…

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    July News

    Dear Readers,I pray each of you are enjoying the summer months. Yesterday I was thinking there is something special about the feel of summer vacation even when I’m still busy working. I hope you experience something similar! At the moment, I’m recording the audio book for The Fourth Chair | Uncovering Your Invitation to Come Home. I’ve taken over my mother’s walk-in closet and turned it into a temporary recording booth (not kidding). Her hanging clothes, blankets and foam sound absorbers (I added those) make it feel like a pretty epic kids fort. It’s a hoot being in there! This is my maiden voyage into the waters of audio books.…

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    New Book | The Fourth Chair

    Hi Everyone,Happy Friday and an early Happy Father’s Day! I pray you are able to connect with your peeps and celebrate your dad and all those who have been father figures to you. I’m very happy to announce that August 2nd is the release date for The Fourth Chair, Uncovering Your Invitation to Come Home. This is a book I am VERY eager share with you. It takes a good long look at what is means to enter into the company of our Triune God and live life from that place of intimate community. The book breaks down into three broad headings: The Invitation, Exposure to God, and Coming Home.…

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    Summer News

    Hi everyone, As you settle in to the summer months I pray you are hope-filled– and aware of the nearness and active presence of the Lord. You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11). I have been busy transitioning from the pre-Easter release of my devotional, Jesus, Love to the End, to get ready for the launch of my new book The Fourth Chair, Uncovering Your Invitation to Come Home. More about that soon. In the meantime, the web site has had a long overdue face-lift so I’ll hope you’ll pop on annebarbour.com and take a…

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    In the Meantime | Waiting For Forgiveness

    What is your mood as you wait – either to be able to forgive or to receive forgiveness? I’m asking because I’m reminded that God is always at work on behalf of His children. That means when you and I perceive that NOTHING is transpiring toward the righting of a conflict, God is in fact active and at work. If this is really true (it is) you and I might need to shift our perspective a little (or a lot). We need our perceptions to align with reality. What I’m getting at is this – I don’t often wait particularly well, whether forgiveness needs to come from me or come…

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    How Much Does It Matter

    “I tried apologizing, but we ended up arguing and we are worse off than before!“ “She said she was sorry but it wasn’t sincere so I called her on it. We ended up raging at each other and parting ways without any resolve.” Why don’t these kind of skirmishes resolve easily? What’s happening between two people who love God, that keeps them from being able to work through conflict? I’m talking about what I would call entry-level conflicts: “He said something mean.” “She treated me disrespectfully.” “He made a mistake and he doesn’t want to apologize.” These people aren’t arch enemies. They are brothers and sisters in Christ and in…

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    What To Do With An Offense

    Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.Proverbs 19:11 What would it mean to overlook an offense? When you are wronged in some way, to whatever degree, what thinking do you apply to that incident that tells you whether or not you ought to overlook it? Maybe your emotions make the decision for you. Maybe your “history” with that person makes the decision for you. And maybe you are thoughtful and prayerful as you consider what ought to be done. The thing is, overlooking an offense does not mean turning a blind eye as if nothing happened. Quite the opposite. To overlook, in…

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    If Not Today, When?

    If you are holding something against another person, or if you know they are holding something against you, what keeps you from going to them for resolution? Maybe you think, it’s too small to bother with today. At some point you will hear yourself say that it’s too big to bother with, and you will most likely move on, stepping over that pile of festering, unresolved muck. Of course you know the pile doesn’t go away. It keeps growing, both in you and the other person. You might be curious to have missed the point where the issue was just the right size to address and make right. That’s because…

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    Wisdom Of The World?

    If I seek to apply the wisdom of the world as the events of this week unfold, I will make no meaningful contribution to the greater good. I will in no way advance the kingdom of God. I will not aid anyone’s attempt to rise above the fray. I will be a child of God content to keep the light of the world hidden within me. That’s not going to do. For most of us, there are but a handful of people we directly influence. Most of them live under the same roof we do. The rest we are likely maintaining running text threads with. In other words, they are…

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    Wisdom Traits

    Need wisdom? I’ve never been more keenly aware of the need for the wisdom from above for myself, my family, my friends, my fellow Christians, and my fellow citizens (nationally/globally). Can I know for certain if Godly wisdom shows up? Can I recognize whether or not I’m applying the wisdom of God? Apparently, it’s possible to look for very specific attributes in order to establish the authenticity of the presence of the wisdom of God. The Holy Spirit was kind to inspire James to record them for us. Buckle up. Godly Wisdom Traits: pure peaceable gentle open to reason full of mercy full of good fruits impartial sincere When’s the…

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    NON-Essentials & the HEART

    In essentials unity,in non-essentials liberty,in all things charity.“ German Lutheran theologian, Rupertus Meldenius It’s one thing to acknowledge and even agree with this quote. It’s another thing altogether to live it out. I started exploring the quote in my last post, asking if I knew for certain what essential beliefs bind us together as the family of God. The idea is that everything outside those essential beliefs would be seen as non-essential. In those non-essential areas, I would choose to extend liberty— the freedom to think differently than I think. That leaves space for me to passionately hold to my preferences, without losing sight of my Christian siblings’ freedom to do…

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    What IS the MAIN Thing

    Unity within the body of Christ is fragile in the best of times. The tensions of 2020 have taken their toll on that unity in ways I have not personally experienced before. I’ve heard a few Christians lately talk about keeping the main thing the main thing. In the growing number of conversations (more like confrontations) surrounding controversial hot-buttons, I am feeling the need to know for certain what the main thing even is. The phrase reminds me of something oft-quoted by my husband— In essentials unity,in non-essentials liberty,in all things charity.“ German Lutheran theologian, Rupertus Meldenius To keep the main thing the main thing, I have to know what is…

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    Cease-Fire & Pray

    What does the need to pray earnestly, and the growing disunity among followers of Jesus have in common? For me, these two things have merged in an unusual way. The visual I have is of two Christians holding opposite views about a volatile current event, kneeling side by side, and beseeching God for His will to be accomplished on the matter. No hedged prayer hoping God will enlighten the other person as if that is what’s necessary to accomplish His divine will— just two Christ-ones with everything essential in common, asking God to come and do what He deems right to do. So, I’m asking myself who I know personally,…

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    I’d Like to Stop Being Part of The Problem | Reflections on Racism

    I think I’m still part of the problem of keeping racism alive. My heart aches for the plight of black men and women in our nation. My heart grieves for the pervasiveness of racism that still lives. But I’m certain I’m still contributing to it and I don’t want to anymore. Every tumultuous  uprising can be a forum for personal reform (which is how authentic broad-based reform comes to pass) so I’m asking God, “Please reform me.” I’m in love with the diversity of the color of people’s skin. I’m in love with the diversity of people’s unique cultures. I’m in love with the nuances that come with that diversity.…

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    The Trouble With Forgiveness

    For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood,but against the rulers, against the authorities,against the cosmic powers over this present darkness,against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.Ephesians 6:12 (ESV) I can’t imagine there is one of us exempt from invitations to succumb to our PROFOUND fatigue from COVID-life and the pervasive national civil unrest. Let’s guard our hearts against the mounting temptation to engage in peripheral ‘hot-spot’ conversations. They end up dividing Christians when unity is of paramount importance. Unforgiveness can root before we know it, and then we are essentially off the grid-of-effectiveness for the Kingdom of God. The song below reminds me of my…