November 15, 2018
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You will appreciate the mastery of Jesus only to the degree that you understand the minefield he walks. He is advancing against the prince of darkness in a bid for the human heart. The whole situation is booby-trapped. Satan already has the upper...

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November 14, 2018
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In this world where we find ourselves living, having joy often feels both crazy and out of reach. 

To have joy in the midst of sorrow—or the current news feed—can seem impossible. And all on our own, it is impossible. But just as the angel...

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November 13, 2018
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I’ll let you in on a little secret: your heart is made for the kingdom of God. This might be the most important thing anyone will ever tell you about yourself: your heart only thrives in one habitat, and that safe place is called the kingdom of...
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November 12, 2018
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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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November 11, 2018
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As I was praying about my disappointments the other day, I noticed something lingering beneath the surface. I realized that somewhere along the way, I’d come to an agreement of sorts—I need this. Not that I want it, and very much. But that ...
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November 10, 2018
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Above all else, guard your heart. We usually hear this with a sense of "Keep an eye on that heart of yours," in the way you'd warn a deputy watching over some dangerous outlaw, or a bad dog the neighbors let run. "Don't let him out of your sight...

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November 09, 2018
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Remember, when Jesus boiled his whole mission down to healing the brokenhearted and setting prisoners free from darkness, he was referring to all of us. Our modern, scientific, Enlightenment worldview has simply removed spiritual warfare...

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November 08, 2018
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The book “Killing Lions” is a conversation between John and Sam Eldredge about the trials young men face.
 
 
[Sam]  I know so many of us long for words of validation, but few ever hear them....
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November 07, 2018
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A story is only as good as its ending. Without a happy ending that draws us on in eager anticipation, our journey becomes a nightmare of endless struggle. Is this all there is? Is this as good as it gets? On a recent flight I was chatting with...

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November 06, 2018
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If we forget—no, when we forget—who God is, what He has done, and who we are in Him and to Him, we put ourselves in great peril. We cannot live well nor arrive at the end of our journey triumphant unless we remember. 

Yes, there are many...

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November 05, 2018
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When he left Rivendell, Frodo didn't head out with a thousand Elves. He had eight companions. Jesus didn't march around backed by legions of angels, either. He had twelve men—knuckleheads, every last one of them, but they were a band of brothers...

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November 04, 2018
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Something is happening to the human heart. You need to understand what it is if you would make sense of any of this. 
 
Human beings are by nature ravenous creatures; a famished craving haunts every one of us. We were...
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November 03, 2018
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There is a famous passage of Scripture that many people have heard in the context of an invitation to know Christ as Savior. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in (Rev. 3:20...
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November 02, 2018
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I’ve come to the place where I have had to stop telling people, “I’ll pray for you.” 
 
I simply know that despite my good intentions—and these promises are almost always spoken with good intent—I know that nine times out...
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November 01, 2018
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There is nothing like stepping out your door into a bright and beckoning world. This is why people vacation in beautiful places. It is also the secret to the stories you love—that magical moment when the hero or heroine steps into a "brave new...
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October 31, 2018
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The word I choose to describe Jesus is life. Pure, lush, exuberant Life. Life that proves to be unquenchable, unstoppable, indestructible. As John summarized the whole affair, “In him was life, and that light was the light of men” (1:4...
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October 30, 2018
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Fear causes us to make agreements like, “I cannot trust you will stay, so I will do everything in my power to make you stay.” Or “I cannot trust that I will not be hurt, so I will keep my distance from everyone.” Or “I cannot...

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October 29, 2018
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Remember, the purpose of this thing called the Christian life is that our hearts might be restored and set free. That's the deal. That's what Jesus came to do, by his own announcement. Jesus wants Life for us, Life with a capital L, and...

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October 28, 2018
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Aren't there times in your life that if you could, you would love to return to? I grew up in Los Angeles but spent my boyhood summers in Oregon where both my mother and father's parents lived. There was a beauty and innocence and excitement to...

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October 27, 2018
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God wants an intimate relationship with us. He is not a God who is far away; he is the God who has made us his dwelling place. We are the temple of the Lord. When by faith, we confess that Jesus is LORD, he comes and makes his home...
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