May 03, 2022
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We need to look into what has damaged our union with God.

I realize this is a very poignant thing I’m raising, and I want to proceed tenderly. Do you know what’s damaged your soul’s union with God?

Suffering in all its forms will...

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May 02, 2022
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An old saint who first taught me to pray—may he be blessed forever—would often say, “When you think you are finished praying, you are probably just getting warmed up.”
 
Often when we first turn to prayer we are coming in...
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May 01, 2022
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The Greek of Revelation 21:1 speaks of one world “passing away” so that a remade world may take its place. Therefore Eugene Peterson in The Message translates the passage, “I saw Heaven and earth new-created. Gone the first Heaven,...
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April 30, 2022
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In the mythic story of The Lion King, the lion cub Simba is separated in his youth from his father through a murder engineered by his uncle, Scar, the character symbolizing the evil one in our story. Scar arranges for the cub to be...

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April 29, 2022
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What have we come to accept as "discipleship"? A friend of mine recently handed me a program from a large and successful church somewhere in the Midwest. It's a rather exemplary model of what the idea has fallen to. Their plan for discipleship...

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April 28, 2022
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It is possible to recover the lost life of our heart and with it the intimacy, beauty, and adventure of life with God. To do so we must leave what is familiar and comfortable—perhaps even parts of the religion in which we have come to trust—and...

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April 27, 2022
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I ran across a news release so shocking I had to read it twice. It didn’t make the front page but it should have: the average person now spends 93 percent of their life indoors (this includes your transportation time in car, bus, or metro).  ...

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April 26, 2022
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Today’s Daily Reading is an excerpt from Morgan Snyder's book Becoming a King:

How we arrange our days and spend our time is central to becoming the kind of king to whom God can entrust his creative power. It is this slow and...

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April 25, 2022
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We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. (T. S. Eliot) Look, I am making all things new! (Jesus of Nazareth) See! The winter is past; the rains...

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April 24, 2022
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Many people think the theme of war ends with the Old Testament. Not at all. Jesus says, "I did not come to bring peace, but a sword" (Matt. 10:34). In fact, his birth involved another battle in heaven (Rev. 12:1-5, 7-8, 17). The birth of Christ...

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April 23, 2022
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Because of Jesus, we have every reason to be known as people of deep hope and joy. But does that mean we are going to be running around singing and dancing and smiling every moment of our lives? Are you able to? Am I? Is that what it means to “...

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April 22, 2022
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Once upon a time the earth was whole and beautiful, shimmering like an emerald, filled with glory, bursting with anticipation. Such wonders waiting to be unveiled, such adventures waiting to be ours. Creation was like a fairy tale, a...
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April 21, 2022
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Stasi Eldredge's book "Free to Be Me" helps teen girls become the young women God created them to be.
 
 
To be a girl is a glorious thing. Yes, we bear a suffering that guys do not know. This is not a...
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April 20, 2022
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I never assume I know what the new prayer need before me requires. If someone asks me, “Pray that my mother and my father reconcile,” I don’t simply start praying that. For one thing, I do not know with any sort of certainty that reconciliation...
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April 19, 2022
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Before we go any farther in our search, I need to make the offer of Christianity clear: There is a way to be good again. The hope of Christianity is that we get to live life like Jesus. That beautiful goodness can be ours. He can heal what has...

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April 18, 2022
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I'm simply sitting on my back porch. Warm summer evening, cool breeze, beautiful sky now turning that deep navy blue just before dark.

That's when the carnival started.

Some agitated place in me started clamoring for relief. Even...

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April 17, 2022
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Most of you have heard of the famous Cross, the assurance of forgiveness (and Lord knows we’ll need buckets of that as we go along). In the Cross God undergoes utter forsakenness so that we will never be forsaken. He understands sorrow, pain,...

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April 16, 2022
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Oh that I once past changing were
Fast in thy paradise, where no flower can wither.
(George Herbert)
 
I think of the woman I...
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April 15, 2022
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The exodus of the people of Israel and their journey through the Sinai desert is one of the greatest survival stories of all time. More than two million people wandering through a land of sand and barren rock, homeless, looking for the...

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April 15, 2022
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Your suffering is neither pointless nor isolated. Somehow, Jesus’ sufferings overflow into our lives; somehow ours are linked to his. This is a great honor. It grants our sorrows an incredible dignity; it invites us to know an intimacy and...
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