February 02, 2017
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When I consider all that is at stake in this journey I am on, how vulnerable are my heart and the hearts of those I love, I am moved to fall on my face and cry out to God for the grace to remember. George MacDonald says it better in poetry:

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February 01, 2017
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Prayer sets up a terrible dilemma for us. We want to pray; it’s in our nature. We desperately want to believe that God will come through for us. But then ... he doesn’t seem to, and where does that leave us?
 
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January 31, 2017
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Stasi Eldredge's book, "Free to Be Me", helps teen girls become the young women God created them to be.
 
 
In order to have a life worth living, you need to be you. Not the parental- or friend...
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January 30, 2017
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The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. Then he sent some more servants and said, "Tell...

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January 29, 2017
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Church is not a building. Church is not an event that takes place on Sundays. I know, it's how we think of it. "I go to First Baptist." "We are members of St. Luke's." "Is it time to go to church?" Much to our surprise, that is not how the Bible...

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January 28, 2017
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You might think that keeping Jesus all mysterious and heavenly is the proper thing to do, but consider this: When he came, he came as presented in the Gospels—very much human, a person, a man, with a very distinct personality. This is the primary...

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January 27, 2017
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It was to the most religious people of his time that Jesus spoke his strongest warnings about a loss of heart.

It is tragic for any person to lose touch with the life of their heart but especially so for those of us who once heard the...

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January 26, 2017
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Hearing from God flows out of our relationship. That relationship was established for us by Jesus Christ. “Therefore, since we have been justified [made right with God] through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,...
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January 25, 2017
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Most people assume that the Cross is the total work of Christ. The two go hand in hand in our minds—Jesus Christ and the Cross; the Cross and Jesus Christ. The Resurrection is impressive, but kind of ... an afterthought. It was needed, of...

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January 24, 2017
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The Ephesians passage warns about spiritual strongholds created in our lives when we let “the sun go down” on something. Note that in this case that something isn’t necessarily sin. Paul says, “in your anger do not sin,” so anger does not equal...

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January 23, 2017
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In the years that followed the Fall and our exile from Eden, mankind got worse and worse. Cain killed Abel; Lamech threatened to kill everybody else. The wickedness of the human heart seemed out of control and unstoppable, even by the curses....

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January 22, 2017
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I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God,
and I expelled you, O guardian cherub,
from among the fiery stones.
(Ezekiel 28:16)

So evil entered the Story.

I am staggered by the level of naïveté that most...

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January 21, 2017
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I'm just a sinner, saved by grace. "I'm just clothes for God to put on." "There sure isn't any good thing in me." It's so common this mind-set, this idea that we are no-good wretches, ready to sin at a moment's notice, incapable of goodness, and...

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January 20, 2017
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Most of us have been misinterpreting life and what God is doing for a long time. "I think I'm just trying to get God to make my life work easier," a client of mine confessed, but he could have been speaking for most of us. We're asking the wrong...

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January 19, 2017
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The reason we don’t know what we want is that we’re so unacquainted with our desire. We try to keep a safe distance between our daily lives and our heart’s desire because it causes us so much trouble. We’re surprised by our anger and...

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January 18, 2017
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Look again at the story—when God gave us the earth, he gave us a mission. God blessed them: 
 
“Prosper! Reproduce! Fill earth! Take charge! 
Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the...
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January 17, 2017
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Being unable to defeat God through raw power, Satan’s legions decide to wound God as deeply as possible by stealing the love of his Beloved through seduction. And having “seduced them to his party,” to ravish them body and soul; and having...

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January 16, 2017
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Who has kept the new covenant so effectively under wraps that most Christians still believe their hearts are evil? Dear God—they hold to that lie as a core doctrine of their faith. To say your heart is good still sounds like heresy....

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January 15, 2017
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When Jesus came onto the scene he turned misogyny (hatred of women) on its head. A rabbi at that time wouldn’t speak to a woman in public, not even his own wife (this is still true for orthodox rabbis). Even today, an orthodox Jewish man is...

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January 14, 2017
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The way to render a man happy, is to engage him with an object that will make him forget his private troubles. - Pascal

Don't be fooled by the apparent innocence of the object you've chosen as an idol; what is the function...

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