May 13, 2017
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Sunlight on water.

Songbirds in a forest.

Desert sands under moonlight.

Vineyards just before harvest.

 

These all share something in common—they reflect the...

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May 09, 2017
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Jesus’ movement will disrupt the Jewish system very, very profoundly. He is going to turn things upside down and inside out. The world will never be the same. Literally. But there is a precision to his every move.

He will not be baited...

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May 07, 2017
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If then you are wise, you will show yourself rather as a reservoir than as a canal. A canal spreads abroad water as it receives it, but a reservoir waits until it is filled before overflowing, and thus without loss to itself [it shares] its...

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May 04, 2017
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The older Christian wedding vows contained these amazing words: "With my body, I thee worship." Maybe our forefathers weren't so prudish after all; maybe they understood sex far better than we do. To give yourself over to another, passionately...

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May 03, 2017
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True strength does not come out of bravado. Until we are broken, our life will be self-centered, self-reliant; our strength will be our own. So long as you think you are really something in and of yourself, what will you need God for? I don't...

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May 02, 2017
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Forever and ever? That's it? That's the "good news"? And then we sigh and feel guilty that we are not more "spiritual." We lose heart, and we turn once more to the present to find what life we can. Eternity ends up having no bearing on...

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April 30, 2017
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"The King is enthralled by your beauty." Psalm 45:11

Lovely little six-year-old Lacey was visiting our ministry headquarters the other day, going from office to office, swinging on the door frame and asking with a smile, "Would...

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April 29, 2017
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The mind takes in and processes information. But it remains, for the most part, indifferent. It is your mind that tells you it is now 2:00 A.M. and your daughter has not returned, for the car is not in the driveway. Your heart wrestles with...

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April 27, 2017
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When things get hard, it can feel like the foundations of your life are giving way. It is good to remember that our foundation is firm, based on the finished work of Jesus Christ for us. There are some things that remain true, at all times...
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April 26, 2017
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All good things come to an end. I hate that phrase. It's a lie. Even our troubles and our heartbreaks tell us something about our true destiny. The tragedies that strike us to the core and elicit the cry "this isn't the way it was supposed to be...

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April 24, 2017
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In [Christ] you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ. (Col. 2:11)

It’s not just that the Cross did something for...

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April 22, 2017
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We are the sons and daughters of God, even more, the Beloved, pursued by God himself. We might think that, having our heart and mind bolstered by these images of beauty and truth, we would live our lives with courage and energy that arise out of...

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April 21, 2017
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The book "Killing Lions" is a conversation between John and Sam Eldredge about the trials young men face.
 
 
[John]   I was watching a remarkable documentary on the Dorobo hunters in...
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April 20, 2017
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Paul speaks of different glories—the glory of the sun, as compared to the glory of the moon. There are different humilities as well. You have the humility of setting aside an office—the king takes off his crown to become a pauper in the street....

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April 19, 2017
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God gives Adam some instructions on the care of creation and his role in the unfolding story. It's pretty basic, and very generous (see Gen. 2:16-17). But notice what God doesn't tell Adam. There is no warning or instruction over what is...

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April 18, 2017
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The book “Killing Lions” is a conversation between John and Sam Eldredge about the trials young men face.
 
 
[John]   Paralysis (masquerading as “confusion”) haunts every...
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April 17, 2017
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A curious warning is given to us in Peter's first epistle. There he tells us to be ready to give the reason for the hope that lies within us to everyone who asks (3:15). Now, what's strange about that passage is this: no one ever asks. When was...

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April 16, 2017
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The resurrection of Jesus was the first of many, the forerunner of our own. He paved the way, as the saying goes.

The fact is that Christ has been raised from the dead. He has become the first of a great harvest of those who will be raised...

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April 15, 2017
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Jesus of Nazareth was sentenced to death by a vain puppet of the Roman government acting as district governor of Jerusalem. He was nailed to a cross by a handful of Roman soldiers who happened to be on duty, and left there to die. He died...

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April 11, 2017
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God will use painful trials...to hone us, but he doesn’t cause all of them. 

Some of my readers will need some help with this because they’ve been taught a theology that God causes all things. So they have had to swallow hard and accept...

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