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Craig D. Lounsbrough

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The problem with the ‘herd’ is that our voice is never ‘heard’.
CRAIG D. LOUNSBROUGH
It is when I am cold, alone, bitterly forlorn and shuttered from all hope that you will see who I tr...
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If we fail to instill a fixed sense of confidence in our children, we will raise handicapped childre...
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If my heart is set on pursuing real treasures, my mind must be fixed solely on the privilege of enjo...
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Although it pains me, I must admit that I have never found what I ‘need.’ And I am in this place...
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Why is it that we don’t worry about a compass until we’re lost in a wilderness of our own making...
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Expectations are the shackles that will not permit something to be what it actually is.
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I’ve always marveled that geese can feel a call stirring, rise on hardy wings to engage it, and wi...
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We can hide a lot of stuff until God shows up, for when God shows up nothing is hidden, which includ...
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Tragedy cleans the windows of the soul by washing away the bias of our lives in the detergent of pai...
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If as an adult I have scolded and then silenced the child within me, I contend that I am neither an ...
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To declare myself as a genius immediately evidences that I am not.
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Once I finally understand the immensity of my own impoverishment, I am finally in a position to see ...
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The adult within me would be much wiser to learn from the child within me rather than focus on the d...
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We want greatness, but we prefer it tamed and on a leash short enough for us to control it, yet long...
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It is not the chains of some tyrant that robs us of freedom. Rather, it is the staleness of our atti...
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I am thankful that I can be thankful, for if thankfulness did not exist my heart would be irretrieva...
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If your portfolio is made up of the investments that you have made in the lives of people, you will ...
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Loss is the uninvited door that extends us an unexpected invitation to unimaginable possibilities.
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My answers are typically ‘guesses’ cleverly disguised as answers.
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What I allow into my head finds its way to my heart, which is a porthole to my soul. Therefore, I mi...
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We are living out the drama of a pathetic story whose pages are smeared with our own handwriting.
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Abundant living is realizing that life is a privilege whether it’s adhering to our scripts or not.
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Where am I?” you ask. Where you are is where the things you’ve denied worshipping have taken you...
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God’s decision to reach out in such dramatic fashion as to lay all rightful privilege aside and be...
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I am pressed to admit that I don’t have the capacity to understand the bloodied horrors of a cross...
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Of course God does outrageous things. But in reality, what insanity would prompt me to follow a God ...
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My first mistake is to humanize God. My second mistake is to hold those wretched human characteristi...
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A god of the ‘possible’ is no God.
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Although I rail against it, death is the dark demarcation beyond which I am at the mercy of my own e...
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If your dream doesn't scare you, it's not big enough.
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Rare are the handful of principles that incessantly drive us to stand even when we face the stark re...
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The greatest men stand on their values and pray on their knees.
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If there’s any redeeming quality that I can find in running away from something, it’s that I’m...
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We might do well to take a look at what we’ve crammed into our pockets as it will say much about w...
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And so to tame Christmas we spin myths to temper the story, we create our own caricatures to speak o...
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The drum to which we march reveals the conductor to whom we’re listening.
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The things I’m burning daylight to figure out in my head are things God has already figured out in...
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How often have I painted a splendid picture of a journey marked by courageous ascents and daring des...
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The most monumental events in all of human history all began with one person. And in a world that’...
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Pain is nothing but growth waiting for us to give it permission to grow us up.
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Loss eventually arrives when something departs. Grief is working through both.
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The key to understanding if something is truly precious is to ask if we can hold it, for things trul...
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If I have forfeited the ability to wonder so as not to offend the tenets of the culture, and if I ha...
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Maybe consequences are dear friends in stealthy disguise.
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Maybe we don’t ever feel that sweetly untainted and wholly majestic kind of love that takes every ...
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A hole is a space where everything has been moved out so that opportunity has space to move in.
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One of the most terrifying questions of all might be, ‘Will I unleash myself to live before death ...
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Mediocrity is a path cleared by fear, leveled by apathy and paved by comfort.
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It’s not that I’ve been invited to the hole I’m standing in. It’s that I accepted the invita...
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Such is the power of truth that even the slightest whisper of it can handily drown out the most bois...
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What is life but God's daring invitation to a remarkable journey? And what is human nature but a sta...
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To destroy that which seeks to destroy me, God invites me to stand against it until it stands down a...
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The miracle is that the brilliance of the miraculous can live in the blandness of the mundane. The g...
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To my own demise, I rarely ask why I’m hungry because I’m focusing all of my energies on getting...
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Easter is a time where we are reminded that conclusions in man's mind are beginnings in God's plan.
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Fear is a lethal killer of dreams, the greatest cancer that has beset passion, and a ruthless thief ...
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Impulsivity is something akin to spontaneously jumping out of an airplane and not realizing that you...
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Genius without wisdom is like a plane without wings; it will navigate the runway but it will never k...
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Once faith dies, the death of hope follows hard on its heels.
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What excites us the most or likewise scares us the most is when something is exactly what it says it...
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The birthplace of anarchy is the cemetery of freedom.
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Everything that I hold will eventually be gone. Subsequently, the quality of my life will depend on ...
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Failure is information encased in a shell of pain.
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