January 19, 2019
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But doesn't Christianity condemn desire—the Puritans and all that? Not at all. Quite the contrary. Christianity takes desire seriously—far more seriously than the stoic or the mere hedonist. Christianity refuses to budge from the fact that man...

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January 18, 2019
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You have a strength, and it is needed. When a man feels that to be true of him, he rises up and engages like a man. As a boy begins to become a young man, there are some key issues at stake. He needs to know he possesses a genuine strength, and...
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January 17, 2019
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God knows the danger of ignoring our hearts, and so he reawakens desire. You see a photo in a magazine, and pause, and sigh. You see someone with a life that reminds you of the life you once thought you would live. You’re channel surfing one...
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January 16, 2019
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The Lord will march out like a champion, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry 
and will triumph over his enemies. ...
Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, 
I...

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January 15, 2019
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But far and above the most revealing aspect of anyone’s character is how he handles people. Friends, I hope you understand this—the way a person handles others is the acid test of his true nature. How is Jesus with people? What’s he like to be...

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January 14, 2019
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Ignoring reality does not breed joy. Pretending that what is true does not exist is not holy defiance. The seeds of joy can only be firmly planted in the pungent soil of the here and now while at the same time being tethered to eternity. Joy is...

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January 13, 2019
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One of the saddest of all the sad stories in the history of the people of God comes shortly after the dramatic exodus from Egypt, as they stand on the brink of a whole new life in the land God had promised:
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January 12, 2019
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Many awful things have been done with the doctrine of hell. "You'll go to hell for that" has been used to condemn all sorts of things that God does not condemn. You know…"Don't smoke, don't chew, don't go with girls who do." Furthermore, those...

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January 11, 2019
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Now for one of the most beautiful mysteries of the feminine heart: women minister something to the heart of God that men do not.
 
Look at the record. There was an event that took place in the life of Jesus that he said...
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January 10, 2019
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It is a beautiful paradox that the more God’s we become, the more ourselves we become—the “self” he had in mind when he thought of you before the creation of the world. She’s in there; she might be badly bruised and covered with all sorts of muck...

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January 09, 2019
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In order to understand what compels Jesus, you must keep in mind the distinction between the laws of God and the laws of men, and furthermore, that magnificent difference between the spirit of the law and the letter of the law.

Jesus sets...

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January 08, 2019
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In our eagerness to see good happen, Christians often jump straight into praying, without first pausing and aligning ourselves with Jesus—like a trombone player who simply starts playing her part without waiting for the conductor; or an athlete...
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January 07, 2019
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The story of Eve holds such rich treasures for us to discover. The essence and purpose of a woman are unveiled here in the story of her creation. These profound, eternal, mythic themes are written not just here in the coming of Eve, but in the...

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January 06, 2019
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“He is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth.”
2 Samuel 23:4

What makes your heart awaken? For what awakens your heart is worth paying...

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January 05, 2019
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We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline.
Hebrews 6:18–19 The Message

The hope and promise of...

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January 04, 2019
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God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 nlt

The thing you are made for is the renewal of all things. God has given you a heart for his kingdom—not...

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January 03, 2019
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You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.
Psalm 139:5

At the Fall, why did God curse Adam and Eve with an emptiness that nothing would be able to fill? Wasn’t life going to be hard enough out there in...

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January 02, 2019
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Long before [God] laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love.
Ephesians 1:4 The Message

We exercise because we want to grow stronger;...

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January 01, 2019
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Is anything too hard for the Lord?
Genesis 18:14

January 1. A brand-new year. It’s the time of year we start thinking about making changes. This year, rather than writing a quick list of resolutions that we’ll likely forget...

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December 31, 2018
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He who testifies to all these things says it again: “I’m on my way! I’ll be there soon!” Yes! Come, Master Jesus!
Revelation 22:20 The Message

There’s nothing like stepping out your door into the beckoning world. This is why...

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