June 26, 2019
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You must understand an important distinction—there is Christianity, and then there is church culture. They are not the same. Often they are far from the same. The personality conveyed through much of Christian culture is not the personality of...

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June 25, 2019
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The poet Yeats wrote,

If I make the lashes dark
And the eyes more bright
And the lips more scarlet,
Or ask if all be right
From mirror after mirror
No vanity's displayed:
I'm...

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June 24, 2019
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You have a heart for redemption. Your kingdom heart longs for restoration and reconciliation, for justice, for the recovery of all that has been lost. What is the redemption that your heart longs for on a global level? What passions arouse your...
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June 23, 2019
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God speaks to us. In many, many ways. But most often, he wants to speak to us intimately, personally; he wants us to hear his voice and feel confident that we are hearing from him. The beauty of prayer for guidance is that it requires two-way...

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June 22, 2019
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The devil has more temptations than an actor has costumes for the stage. And one of his all-time favorite disguises is that of a lying spirit, to abuse your tender heart with the worst news he can deliver—that you do not really love Jesus Christ...

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June 21, 2019
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Several years ago I went through one of the most painful trials of my professional life. The story involves a colleague whom I will call Dave, a man I hired and with whom I had labored several years in ministry. We spent many hours on the road...

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June 20, 2019
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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 air, ...
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June 19, 2019
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Life wins. Sometimes now, especially if we will pray. But life wins fully, and very soon.
 
Just as we must fix our eyes on Jesus when we pray, we must also fix our hearts on this one undeniable truth: life will win. When...
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June 18, 2019
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Adventure, with all its requisite danger and wildness, is a deeply spiritual longing written into the soul of man. The masculine heart needs a place where nothing is prefabricated, modular, nonfat, ziplock, franchised, on-line, microwavable....
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June 17, 2019
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Stasi Eldredge's book "Free to Be Me" helps teen girls become the young women God created them to be.
 
 
Life is a journey of becoming the true you. Which means, it is a journey of the heart. 
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June 16, 2019
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A slave feels reluctant to pray; they feel they have no right to ask, and so their prayers are modest and respectful. They spend more time asking forgiveness than they do praying for abundance.
 
An orphan is not reluctant...
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June 15, 2019
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One of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an...

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June 14, 2019
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The world does become too complicated, too overwhelming, too filled with pain so much of the time. As children, we don’t have the capacity to make sense of it, let alone process it. If our lives become too filled with trauma, a part of us...

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June 13, 2019
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“I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman opens the gate for him, and the...
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June 12, 2019
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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 doesn’t...
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June 11, 2019
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The warrior is hardwired into every man. This is true because he is made in the image of God, who is the Great Warrior. Like Father, like son. It is also true because it constitutes a great part of man’s mission here on earth—to join the Great...
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June 10, 2019
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Will we do it perfectly? Of course not. Friends, let’s set perfection aside. We are on our way, we are being transformed, but the moment we insist on total perfection we set ourselves up for bitter disappointment. Sin shall not be our master,...
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June 09, 2019
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Some years into our spiritual journey, after the waves of anticipation that mark the beginning of any pilgrimage have begun to ebb into life's middle years of service and busyness, a voice speaks to us in the midst of all we are doing. There...

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June 08, 2019
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The only fatal error is to pretend that we have found the life we prize. To mistake the water hole for the sea. To settle for the same old thing. Christopher Fry called such a life “the sleep of prisoners.” The most tragic day of all is to prefer...

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June 07, 2019
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The biblical canon ends with Jesus making this final statement:
 
Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. (Revelation 22:12...
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