June 26, 2018
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We've exchanged that great hymn "Onward, Christian Soldiers" for a subtle but telling substitute, a song that is currently being taught to thousands of children in Sunday school each week, which goes something like this (sung in a very happy,...

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June 25, 2018
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Jesus said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you…” (Matthew 13:11). One of those secrets is this—the entire spiritual realm works on authority. Just like all the kingdoms do in fairy tales (they get all...

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June 24, 2018
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Stasi Eldredge's book "Free to Be Me" helps teen girls become the young women God created them to be.
 
 
Sometimes I am absolutely amazed at how much Jesus loves people. Some days—okay, most days—...
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June 23, 2018
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The deepest convictions of our heart are formed by stories and reside there in the images and emotions of story. As a young boy, around the time my heart began to suspect that the world was a fearful place and I was on my own to find my way...

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June 22, 2018
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Christ is not joking when he says that we shall inherit the kingdom prepared for us and we shall reign with him forever. We will take the position for which we have been uniquely made and will rule as he does—meaning, with creativity and...

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June 21, 2018
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For above all else, the Christian life is a love affair of the heart. It cannot be lived primarily as a set of principles or ethics. It cannot be managed with steps and programs. It cannot be lived exclusively as a moral code leading to...

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June 20, 2018
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"The glory of God is man fully alive." (Saint Irenaeus)

When I first stumbled across this quote my initial reaction was ... You’re kidding me. Really? I mean, is that what you’ve been told? That the purpose of God—the very thing...

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June 19, 2018
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Over the years, the Ransomed Heart team has learned a great deal about prayer – mostly through facing our own trials, crying out for help, studying the Scriptures and asking Jesus, like the disciples, “Teach us to pray!”

This lead to the...

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June 17, 2018
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The point of the story of the prodigal is not primarily about the prodigal. It is about the father's heart. "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms...

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June 14, 2018
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Suffering will try to separate you from Jesus. You must not let it.
 
The worst part of suffering is the damage it can do to your view of God, your relationship with him. Feelings of abandonment creep in: Why did he...
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June 11, 2018
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Believing in God is not the same thing as union with God. Doing various God-activities is not the same as union with God. Obeying God isn’t necessarily union with God. 

These things can all be done while there is a kind of distance between...

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June 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]  One of the best feelings I had as a young man was cutting the ties I...
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June 07, 2018
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I thought of the last story we have from the life of the prophet Elisha. Jehoash was king of Israel at the time, and he went to visit Elisha on his sickbed. He knew that without the help of this great prophet, the future of Israel was looking dim...

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June 06, 2018
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The vast desire and capacity a woman has for intimate relationships tells us of God's vast desire and capacity for intimate relationships. In fact, this may be the most important thing we ever learn about God—that he yearns for...

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June 04, 2018
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Look at the life of Jesus. Notice what he did. When Jesus touched the blind, they could see; all the beauty of the world opened before them. When he touched the deaf, they were able to hear; for the first...

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June 03, 2018
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Most people go through their entire lives without anyone, ever, speaking honest, loving, direct words to the most damaging issues in their lives. Pause for a moment, and count the times this has been done for you. Better, pause and count the...
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June 02, 2018
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Let me say this again: the story of your life is the story of the long and brutal assault on your heart by the one who knows what you could be and fears it. I hope you are beginning to see that more clearly now. Otherwise, much of the Bible will...

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May 31, 2018
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Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear...
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May 28, 2018
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That strength so essential to men is also what makes them heroes. If a neighborhood is safe, it's because of the strength of men. Slavery was stopped by the strength of men, at a terrible price to them and their families. The...

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May 27, 2018
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Somewhere along the way we all lose heart in marriage. We all do. It happens to the best of us. As Dan Fogelberg sang, 
 
Joy at the start 
Fear in the journey,
Joy in the coming...
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