January 12, 2018
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Jesus kept coming back to this central issue, over and over, driving at it in his teachings, his parables, his penetrating questions. If you look again, through the lens that most of us feel fundamentally fatherless, I think you’ll find it...
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January 11, 2018
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The book "Killing Lions" is a conversation between John and Sam Eldredge about the trials young men face.
 
 
[Sam]   What we want right off the bat is a map of some kind, a plan, a...
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January 09, 2018
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When Jesus speaks of the Restoration, he does so in very tangible terms, pointing to the recovery of normal things like houses and lands:
 
“Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the...
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January 08, 2018
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The Sermon on the Mount is a revolution in holiness. Jesus takes all the external issues and makes them first and foremost internal. He begins with a few examples of the most egregious sins: murder and adultery. This is a crowd that congratulates...

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January 07, 2018
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There’s a passage in the book of Hebrews we don’t like very much.
 
“Although he was a son”—it is speaking about Jesus Christ—“he learned obedience from what he suffered” (5:8).
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January 06, 2018
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Any movement toward freedom and life, any movement toward God or others, will be opposed. Marriage, friendship, beauty, rest—the thief wants it all. So, it becomes the devil's business to keep the Christian's spirit imprisoned. He knows...

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January 04, 2018
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Where do we go from here? "This life," wrote Jonathan Edwards, "ought to be spent by us only as a journey towards heaven." That's the only story worth living in now. The road goes out before us and our destination awaits. In the imagery of...

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January 03, 2018
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He made you you—on purpose. You are the only you—ever. Becoming ourselves means we are actively cooperating with God’s intention for our lives, not fighting him or ourselves. God accepts us right at this moment, and he wants us to accept...

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January 02, 2018
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We must forgive those who hurt us. The reason is simple: Bitterness and unforgiveness set their hooks deep in our hearts; they are chains that hold us captive to the wounds and the messages of those wounds. Until you forgive, you remain their...
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January 01, 2018
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The more you give the parts of your life over to Jesus, the more his life is able to invade yours. The relief alone is worth the price.
 
Last night Stasi and I were at a dinner party with friends we love and enjoy....
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December 31, 2017
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You do know what God is after in your own life, don’t you? Maybe that’s why we stay so busy—to avoid knowing, so we can avoid dealing with it.
 
And you do know that the “quick fix” doesn’t ever work. Simply...
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December 30, 2017
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The book “Killing Lions” is a conversation between John and Sam Eldredge about the trials young men face.
 
 
[Sam]  Obviously we’ve been told to chase our dreams. Over and over again...
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December 29, 2017
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Now Beauty feared that she had caused his death. She ran throughout the palace, sobbing loudly. After searching everywhere, she recalled her dream and ran into the garden toward the canal, where she had seen him in her sleep. There she found the...

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December 28, 2017
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But far and above the most revealing aspect of anyone’s character is how he handles people. Friends, I hope you understand this—the way a person handles others is the acid test of his true nature. How is Jesus with people? What’s he like to be...

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December 27, 2017
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By the grace of God, we cannot quite pull it off. In the quiet moments of the day we sense a nagging within, a discontentment, a hunger for something else. But because we have not solved the riddle of our existence, we assume that something is...

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December 26, 2017
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There is just enough goodness to rouse our hearts with expectation, and plenty enough sadness to cut us back down. When the cutting down exceeds the rising up, you wonder if you shouldn’t just stay down. “I wept when I was borne,” wrote the...
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December 25, 2017
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How God loves his people to ask him in faith—pressing in, continuing to ask no matter how long it takes, believing that he will come through for us. I just got off the phone with a friend who has been praying for her children to come to know...

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December 24, 2017
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We need Jesus like we need oxygen. Like we need water. Like the branch needs the vine. Jesus is not merely a figure for devotions. He is the missing essence of your existence. Whether we know it or not, we are desperate for Jesus.           ...

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December 23, 2017
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How do you find peace in the midst of difficult, painful circumstances? Let Peace find you. He’s right where you are, right smack dab in the middle of your life.

In the midst of our joy, our busyness, our sorrow, and our suffering, we must...

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December 22, 2017
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Playful, cunning, generous, fierce—not one moment of it is contrived. Jesus never plays to the audience, never kowtows to the opposition, never takes his cues from the circus around him. He is simply being himself.

The diversity of Jesus’...

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