January 01, 2018
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The more you give the parts of your life over to Jesus, the more his life is able to invade yours. The relief alone is worth the price.
 
Last night Stasi and I were at a dinner party with friends we love and enjoy....
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December 29, 2017
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Now Beauty feared that she had caused his death. She ran throughout the palace, sobbing loudly. After searching everywhere, she recalled her dream and ran into the garden toward the canal, where she had seen him in her sleep. There she found the...

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December 27, 2017
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By the grace of God, we cannot quite pull it off. In the quiet moments of the day we sense a nagging within, a discontentment, a hunger for something else. But because we have not solved the riddle of our existence, we assume that something is...

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December 25, 2017
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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 24, 2017
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We need Jesus like we need oxygen. Like we need water. Like the branch needs the vine. Jesus is not merely a figure for devotions. He is the missing essence of your existence. Whether we know it or not, we are desperate for Jesus.           ...

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December 23, 2017
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How do you find peace in the midst of difficult, painful circumstances? Let Peace find you. He’s right where you are, right smack dab in the middle of your life.

In the midst of our joy, our busyness, our sorrow, and our suffering, we must...

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December 22, 2017
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Playful, cunning, generous, fierce—not one moment of it is contrived. Jesus never plays to the audience, never kowtows to the opposition, never takes his cues from the circus around him. He is simply being himself.

The diversity of Jesus’...

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December 21, 2017
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How do you understand your life? Why has it turned out so differently from what you imagined? What do you make of its randomness? The phone rings, and you have no idea what is coming. It could be great news! It could be an old friend getting back...

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December 19, 2017
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When God creates Eve, he calls her an ezer kenegdo. “It is not good for the man to be alone, I shall make him [an ezer kenegdo]” (Gen. 2:18 Alter). Hebrew scholar Robert Alter, who has spent years translating the...
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December 17, 2017
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In the end, it doesn't matter how well we have performed or what we have accomplished—a life without heart is not worth living. For out of this wellspring of our soul flow all true caring and all meaningful work, all real worship and all...

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December 13, 2017
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Caring for your heart is how you protect your relationship with God.

Now there’s a new thought. But isn’t our heart the new dwelling place of God? It is where we commune with him. It is where we hear his voice. Most of the folks I know...

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December 09, 2017
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Doing things for God is not the same thing as loving God.
 
Jesus loves the poor—so, movements have arisen that make service to the poor the main thing. Even though Jesus never said that being poor was more...
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December 06, 2017
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Over the years we’ve come to see that the only thing more tragic than the things that have happened to us is what we have done with them.
 
Words were said, painful words. Things were done, awful things. And...
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December 05, 2017
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On a visit to London, I had the opportunity to visit the National Gallery. Loving art, and being with two of my sons—one of whom was an art major—I was excited to spend hours there. I loved the Van Gogh, the Monet, the Rembrandt paintings and...

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December 04, 2017
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You can tell a lot about a person by his effect on others. What is Jesus like to be around? What is the aftertaste he leaves in your mouth? Is this someone you’d want to take a long car ride with? We saw Zacchaeus’ reaction. Here are two more,...

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December 03, 2017
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We must come to face our style of relating, of course. As men, we look to where we are passive, and where we are domineering or harsh or violent. As women, we face where we are controlling, and where we are desperately clingy. And as God reveals...

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November 29, 2017
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In the heart of every human being lies the desire to belong. It is primordial, primeval, linked somewhere in our deep memory to our need for survival. To be the outcast is to be sentenced to death. To be shunned is the worst form of...
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November 27, 2017
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Ladies, you are the Bride of Christ ... and the Bride of Christ is a warring bride.
 
Now, often the hardest person to fight for is ... yourself. But you must. Your heart is needed. You must be present and...
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November 26, 2017
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As a wise old sage was praying with me through some of the painful memories of my life, I was immediately reminded of the time in middle school when my first girlfriend broke my heart. These wounds can linger for a lifetime if you let them—...
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November 25, 2017
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Most of us are probably still laboring under the impression that freedom comes first in our circumstances, and then we can experience love, joy, peace, patience, and all the other wonderful fruits of the Spirit. Not so. God usually begins first...

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