February 08, 2019
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Jesus is more impressed with the cunning of “the people of this world” than he is the naïveté so common to “the people of the light.” And then—back to the doves and snakes analogy—he urges us to be cunning: “I want you to be smart in the same way...

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February 07, 2019
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Our Enemy is a thief, and of all the precious things he has stolen from our hearts, his worst act of treachery has been to steal our future from us. He has stolen all the magic and promise and wonder of the happily ever after. Very few of us live...

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February 06, 2019
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When the Bible tells us that Christ came to “redeem mankind” it offers a whole lot more than forgiveness. To simply forgive a broken man is like telling someone running a marathon, “It’s okay that you’ve broken your leg. I won’t hold that...
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February 05, 2019
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Most Christians desire very deeply to be known as gracious, kind, patient, and forgiving. We feel we “owe” it to Jesus to be seen on our best behavior. This is even truer for those of us in “the ministry,” whose lives are publicly attached to...

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February 04, 2019
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Too many men hide behind reason and logic. A man must grow beyond mere reason, or he will be stunted as a man, certainly as a lover. No woman wants to be analyzed, and many marriages fail because the man insists on treating her as a...
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February 03, 2019
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One of the best ways to help us remember who our God is and who we are to him is to worship him. In worship, when we turn the gaze of our hearts away from ourselves and our needs and onto Jesus, a divine shift happens that brings a great good to...

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February 02, 2019
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I’m thinking about love this morning.
 
I’ve been noticing that most mornings I don’t wake up super happy, and I’m not sure why. I’ve also been noticing for some time now that when I first wake up, I find myself racing...
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February 01, 2019
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The child-heart wants to know, “Will there be animals in heaven?” and the calloused grown-up heart dismisses the question as theologically unworthy. May I point out that the whole debate ends when you realize that heaven comes to earth...
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January 31, 2019
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Honest communication in love is the only way to live and grow in friendships. There are ebbs and flows. There may be too much dependence. There may be real hurt and disappointment. In fact, it’s inevitable in our broken world. But with the...
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January 30, 2019
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The Evil One lied to us about where true life was found...and we believed him.

God gave us the wondrous world as our playground, and he told us to enjoy it fully and freely. Yet despite his extravagant generosity, we had to reach for the...

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January 29, 2019
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Creation sometimes screams a confusing message—fear, pain, grief. Fire burns, rivers flood, winds go hurricane, the earth shudders so hard it levels cities. But you must remember—this was not so in Eden. Mankind fell, surrendering this earth to...

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January 28, 2019
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I love feeling happy. Absolutely love it. Who doesn't? But my pursuit of it has sometimes gotten me into trouble. I'm pretty sure it's gotten you into trouble too.

Sometimes I wonder if, in our mad pursuit of happiness, we run right past...

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January 27, 2019
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The single most significant decision that has changed my prayer life more than any other, the one step that has brought about greater results than all others combined is this (drum roll, please)...
 
Asking Jesus what I...
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January 26, 2019
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The book “Killing Lions” is a conversation between John and Sam Eldredge about the trials young men face.
 
 
[John]   You have entered the Warrior Stage of a young man’s life. Young men have...
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January 25, 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.
 
 
Like you, I have areas in my life that I want and need to change. But I’ve learned the freeing...
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January 24, 2019
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Incredible. What a self-indictment. "Nothing dangerous is happening here." Those men have already been taken out because they've swallowed the Enemy's first line of attack: "I'm not here—this is all just you." You can't fight a battle you don't...

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January 23, 2019
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Whenever the church is wrestling to understand or recover some treasure of the faith, it is always a good idea to return to what Jesus himself had to say about the matter. After all, this is his story. It is his teaching on the palingenesia*...
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January 22, 2019
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In cases of suffering, you can have understanding or you can have Jesus. If you insist on understanding, you usually lose both. When suffering enters into your life, take a deep breath. The very first thing to do is to invite Jesus into it. Pray...

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January 21, 2019
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We have no idea who we really are. Whatever glory was bestowed, whatever glory is being restored, we thought this whole Christian thing was about ... something else. Trying not to sin. Going to church. Being nice. Jesus says it is about healing...

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January 20, 2019
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Resignation is not just the sigh that groans with something gone wrong. Such a sigh can be redemptive if it does not let go of the Haunting we have all experienced of something presently lost. Resignation is the acceptance of the loss as final....

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