July 05, 2017
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When the going gets rough, we're going nowhere without desire. And the going will get rough. The world, the minions of darkness, and your own double-mindedness are all set against you. Just try coming alive, try living from your heart for the...

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July 04, 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.
 
 
Freedom is good; freedom is what you are made for. 
 
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July 03, 2017
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To wait is to learn the spiritual grace of detachment, the freedom of desire. Not the absence of desire, but desire at rest. St. John of the Cross lamented that “the desires weary and fatigue the soul; for they are like restless...

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July 02, 2017
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Incredible. What a self-indictment. "Nothing dangerous is happening here." Those men have already been taken out because they've swallowed the Enemy's first line of attack: "I'm not here -- this is all just you." You can't fight a battle you don'...

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July 01, 2017
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You will be tested. Like Jesus’ desert trial, the enemy comes, probing the perimeter. He knows your story, knows where the weak spots are. But this is our training. This is the spiritual equivalent of, “Take a high guard, like this....
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June 30, 2017
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Imagine the stories that we'll hear. And all the questions that shall finally have answers. "What were you thinking when you drove the old Ford out on the ice?" "Did you hear that Betty and Dan got back together? But of course you did—you were...

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June 29, 2017
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Of course, small groups have become a part of the programming most churches offer their people. For the most part, they are disappointing and short-lived—by the very admission of those who try them. There are two reasons. One, you can't just...

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June 28, 2017
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I know I am not alone in this nagging sense of failing to measure up, a feeling of not being good enough as a woman. Every woman I've ever met feels it—something deeper than just the sense of failing at what she does. An underlying, gut...

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June 27, 2017
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I’m thinking about love this morning.
 
I’ve been noticing that most mornings I don’t wake up super happy, and I’m not sure why. I’ve also been noticing for some time now that when I first wake up, I find myself...
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June 26, 2017
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The book "Killing Lions" is a conversation between John and Sam Eldredge about the trials young men face.
 
[Sam]   I feel like I blunder into success as much as I blunder into downfalls. That Susie...
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June 25, 2017
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Resignation is not just the sigh that groans with something gone wrong. Such a sigh can be redemptive if it does not let go of the Haunting we have all experienced of something presently lost. Resignation is the acceptance of the loss as final....

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June 24, 2017
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When my boys were teenagers, we badgered them into cleaning the windows one day. Come dinnertime, our family seated round the table, the brothers began—as all brothers do—to give each other grief about the day’s work. Sam and Luke had each taken...

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June 23, 2017
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Whatever else it means to be human, we know beyond doubt that it means to be relational. Aren’t the greatest joys and memories of your life associated with family, friendship, or falling in love? Aren’t your deepest wounds somehow...

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June 22, 2017
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In our eagerness to see good happen, Christians often jump straight into praying, without first pausing and aligning ourselves with Jesus—like a trombone player who simply starts playing her part without waiting for the conductor; or an...
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June 21, 2017
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Now, I know my fellow evangelicals will rush to protest that it is the cross of Jesus Christ alone that opens the way to heaven for any person. No amount of personal righteousness could ever suffice. I believe this. It is grace alone—the...

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June 20, 2017
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An old saint who first taught me to pray—may he be blessed forever—would often say, “When you think you are finished praying, you are probably just getting warmed up.”
 
Often when we first turn to prayer we are...
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June 19, 2017
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According to the Scriptures, the heart can be troubled, wounded, pierced, grieved, even broken. How well we all know that. Thankfully, it can also be cheerful, glad, merry, joyful, rejoicing. The heart can be whole or divided...

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June 18, 2017
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The book “Killing Lions” is a conversation between John and Sam Eldredge about the trials young men face.
 
 
[John]   A man whose identity flows out of deep validation...
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June 17, 2017
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I’ve often wondered at the long lists found many places in the Bible that recount a roster of men as “the son of so-and-so, who was the son of so-and-so.” You’ll find many of these rosters in the Scriptures, and elsewhere in ancient...
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June 16, 2017
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Time has come for us to forgive our fathers. Paul warns us that unforgiveness and bitterness can wreck our lives and the lives of others (Eph. 4:31; Heb. 12:15). I am sorry to think of all the years my wife endured the anger and bitterness that I...

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