December 28, 2019
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Mary was frantic: “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him” (John 20:2).

She saw a man, assumed he was the gardener, and asked him if he had taken the body. And then Jesus revealed himself to her...

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December 27, 2019
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This excerpt is from John's February 2020 book Get Your Life Back. When you...

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December 26, 2019
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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 Son...
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December 25, 2019
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There is of course a story to tell, a wild and redemptive story that has at its center the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For if it is anything at all, the Gospel of Christianity is an offer of restoration. God knows that the human race is in bad...
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December 24, 2019
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Jesus points to a field of wheat. Imagine trying to count the number of kernels in one acre. Immeasurable abundance. Turning our gaze to those luxuriant fields, he says, “Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to...

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December 23, 2019
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This excerpt is from John's February 2020 book Get Your Life Back. When you...

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December 22, 2019
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This excerpt is from John's February 2020 book Get Your Life Back. When you...

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December 21, 2019
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We grow during meaningful conversations with kindred spirits. But that's often hard to find in the midst of our non-stop days filled with never-ending to-do lists.

As this year comes to a close, we want to lift up several powerful podcast...

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December 20, 2019
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This excerpt is from John's February 2020 book Get Your Life Back. When you...

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December 19, 2019
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This excerpt is from John's February 2020 book Get Your Life Back. When you...

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December 18, 2019
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The whirlwind of the holiday season is upon us.

Now I love the holidays, I really do. There are just so many beautiful things about Christmas time. The decorations. The nativity. The incarnation. 

The thing is, life doesn’t pause to...

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December 15, 2019
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This may come as a surprise to you: Christianity is not an invitation to become a moral person. It is not a program for getting us in line or for reforming society. It has a powerful effect upon our lives, but when transformation comes, it is...

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December 14, 2019
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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 call...

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December 13, 2019
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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 12, 2019
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Jesus is a fierce, intentional man to be sure. But his passions are neither reckless nor momentary.

Could a small, unintimidating figure accomplish such a sustained riot? To pull off driving “all of them out of the temple” would require...

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December 11, 2019
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The only way is love. Paul says love “keeps no record of wrongs” (1 Cor. 13:5). In loving relationships, we want to throw away the list in our heads of wrongs done to us and ignore them when they raise their indictments yet again. Too often we...

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December 10, 2019
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I always felt it strange that God needed to command us to love him. (It is the first and greatest of all the commandments.) Now I see better. When God calls us to love him as our “first love,” it is not only because he deserves to hold that...
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Joy

December 09, 2019
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Why don’t I wake with a joyful heart? Joy was just here. Where did it go?
 
I began to realize that what I’ve done for most of my life is resign myself to this idea: I’m really not going to have any lasting joy....
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December 08, 2019
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The loss of personality confounds our imitation of Christ. What happens is, our particular brand of church seizes upon one or two of his virtues as the essence of Christ for us to follow. Justice. Mercy. Righteousness. Whatever. You cannot live a...

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December 07, 2019
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Eve is God’s relational specialist given to the world to keep relationship a priority.
 
Men have a way of letting these things slip. They’ll go months without checking in on the health of their relationships....
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