July 11, 2019
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We are thirsty, and that is a very good thing. It may not be comfortable, but it is good. If you aren’t aware of your hunger, you’re not very motivated to go to the banqueting table. If you aren’t aware of your thirst, you don’t seek something to...

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July 10, 2019
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One last thought as we sweep away some of the clutter about holiness.
 
I don’t remember the issue my friend and I were talking about—it had something to do with Christianity—but I do remember my friend’s response: “Gosh,...
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July 09, 2019
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Jesus will return. Swiftly, unexpectedly. Any moment. His return will usher in the renewal of all things. That includes the execution of justice, rewards, the feast, your “estates,” your appointed role in his great kingdom—along with...
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July 08, 2019
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Your sin has been dealt with. Your Father has removed it from you "as far as the east is from the west" (Ps. 103:12). Your sins have been washed away (1 Cor. 6:11). When God looks at you he does not see your sin. He has not one condemning thought...

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July 07, 2019
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I’ll tip my hand to one assumption I am making. I assume that an intimate, conversational walk with God is available, and is meant to be normal. I’ll push that a step further. I assume that if you don’t find that kind of relationship...

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July 06, 2019
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On the day Adam and Eve fell from grace, they ran off and hid in the bushes. And God came looking for them. He called to Adam, "Where are you?" (Gen. 3:9). Thus began the long and painful story of God's pursuit of mankind. Though we betrayed him...

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July 05, 2019
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Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So...

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July 04, 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.
 
 
Freedom is good; freedom is what you are made for. 
 
It is for...
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July 03, 2019
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God begins our courtship with a surprise. Taking the blindfold off, he turns us around and reveals his handmade wedding present. “Here,” he says. “It’s yours. Enjoy yourselves. Do you like it? Take it for a spin.” A lavish gift indeed. What’s he...

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July 02, 2019
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How much of what we do is motivated by fear of man? Think of it—to be entirely free of false guilt, free from pressure, from false allegiances. It would be absolutely extraordinary.

This is what gives Jesus the ability to say such...

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July 01, 2019
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I love the story of a certain man whom Jesus interfered with, much to his initial chagrin. Remember when Jesus met the man possessed with many demons in Luke 8? 

So they arrived in the region of the Gerasenes, across...

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June 30, 2019
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When we first think of being in a relationship with God, we probably picture him as somewhat flashy, even as many of us tried to be (at least us guys) when we were dating. He gave Jacob visions of angels descending and ascending to heaven; he...

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June 29, 2019
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First, where does Jesus Christ now reside, in the life of the believer? Inside us; more precisely, in our hearts: “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name....
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June 28, 2019
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We know a time will come for us to look back with our Lord over the story of our lives. Every hidden thing shall be made known, every word spoken in secret shall be uttered. My soul shrinks back; how will this not be an...

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June 27, 2019
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Everyone is trying to find their way to joy, and if not joy, at least happiness. That’s a good desire, by the way: It fuels our search. It keeps us moving forward. Folks who give up even wanting to be happy are deep into what might be...

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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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