October 27, 2020
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The question lodged deep in our hearts, hidden from our conscious minds, is: "Do you care for me, God?"

What's under that question?

Blaise Pascal, in his Pensées, says, "The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing...

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October 26, 2020
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There is an overlooked passage late in the New Testament that is going to begin to connect some dots for us in a wild way. It comes from the book of James, and he brings us back around to the old man, Elijah, praying on the mountain: “The...
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October 25, 2020
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Let’s come back to Zacchaeus and the town harlot who crashed the party to weep at Jesus’ feet. They were, both of them, very keenly aware of their failures. They knew they had fallen way short of God’s goodness. And not only did they know it, but...

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October 24, 2020
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Ask Jesus to show you his kingdom.
 
Sanctify your imagination to him, all your spiritual gifting, and ask him to reveal to you pictures of the coming kingdom. Be specific—if you want to see the city, ask to see the city....
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October 23, 2020
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And then, alas, there is the church. Christianity, as it currently exists, has done some terrible things to men. When all is said and done, I think most men in the church believe that God put them on the earth to be a good boy. The problem with...

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October 22, 2020
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Now—to find God, I have to look where God is. This might help folks who report that God “seems distant,” or as a friend recently commented (with a touch of cynicism), “He doesn’t seem to come around much.” If I want to find a hawk I look up in...
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October 21, 2020
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And so Screwtape reveals the Enemy's ploy—first make humans flabby, with small passions and desires, then offer a sop to those diminished passions so that their experience is one of contentment. They know nothing of great...

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October 20, 2020
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I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God,
and I expelled you, O guardian cherub,
from among the fiery stones.
(Ezekiel 28:16)

So evil entered the Story.

I am staggered by the level of naïveté that most...

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October 19, 2020
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God gave Eve a beautiful form and a beautiful spirit. She expresses beauty in both. Better, she expresses beauty simply in who she is. Like God, it is her essence.
 
Stasi and I just spent a weekend...
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October 18, 2020
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For some reason we keep forgetting that Jesus, in the Gospels, is operating in enemy territory. We project into the Gospel stories a pastoral backdrop, the quaint charm of a Middle Eastern travel brochure—picturesque villages, bustling markets,...

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October 17, 2020
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A young woman came to see me, as most seeking counseling do, because she was at the end of her rope. What had begun a year earlier as mild depression had sunk deeper and deeper until she found herself contemplating suicide. We met for many weeks...

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October 16, 2020
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One of the most crippling convictions held by believers today is the idea that everything that happens is the will of God. It is a poisonous belief that will destroy your confidence in God; you will end up believing terrible things about him....
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October 15, 2020
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You will be tested. Like Jesus’ desert trial, the enemy comes, probing the perimeter. He knows your story, knows where the weak spots are. But this is our training. This is the spiritual equivalent of, “Take a high guard, like this....
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October 14, 2020
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We’ve all heard the story and missed the miracle—God begins his greatest work by including us. Even though we bungled it so badly the first time, back in Eden. Once again he shares in the excitement. Come with me, you have a part in this—the re-...

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October 13, 2020
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A sower went out to sow some seed ...
A man fell into the hands of robbers ...
Suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one ...
There were ten virgins with ten lamps ...

Think of it. You are the Son of the...

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October 12, 2020
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Some of the sentences the Enemy accuses each of us with have been there since we were young; others were added in the ensuing years as Satan saw opportunity to strengthen our fear and cynicism through “interpreting” those events in our lives that...

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October 11, 2020
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The book “Killing Lions” is a conversation between John and Sam Eldredge about the trials young men face.

 

[Sam]   I hate money. But I like to eat. I want a cell phone so people can get in touch with me. I...

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October 10, 2020
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Freedom comes only as we bring these unsanctified and unholy places under the rule of Jesus Christ, so that he can possess these very places deeply and truly. Therefore, part of this first step involves sanctifying the place of bondage to Christ...

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October 09, 2020
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Today’s Daily Reading is an excerpt from Morgan Snyder's book “Becoming a King”

In the masculine journey, our early years of manhood often begin as a season of exploration and discovery. In youthful exuberance, we tend to view the...

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October 08, 2020
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Is there any doubt that the God John beheld (Rev. 4:3, 6) was beautiful beyond description? But of course. God must be even more glorious than this glorious creation, for it "foretells" or "displays" the glory that...

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