January 02, 2021
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This is the power of addiction. Whatever the object of our addiction is, it attaches itself to our intense desire for eternal and intimate communion with God and each other in the midst of Paradise—the desire that Jesus himself placed in us...

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January 01, 2021
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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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December 31, 2020
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It’s getting close to the new year as I write now. It’s as good a time as ever to look back, take stock, sit with Jesus, and ask where He’d like me to grow, to focus, or to challenge myself in this next season of my life. It’s good for us all to...

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December 30, 2020
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There is just enough goodness to rouse our hearts with expectation, and plenty enough sadness to cut us back down. When the cutting down exceeds the rising up, you wonder if you shouldn’t just stay down. “I wept when I was borne,” wrote the...
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December 29, 2020
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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 28, 2020
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The thought of me being called out of hiding is unnerving. I don't think I want to be seen. Many years ago, during my life in the theater, I received a standing ovation for a performance. The audience was literally on its feet, cheering...

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December 27, 2020
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The madness about grief is you think you’ll feel better in a few days. Certainly in a few weeks. The average bereavement leave in corporate America is four days for a spouse or child and three days for a parent. Three days. That’s complete...

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December 26, 2020
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Our acts of remembering must therefore involve both essential truths and dramatic narrative. I believe we need to hold the creeds in one hand and our favorite forms of art in the other. There are films, books, poems, songs, and paintings I return...

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December 25, 2020
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If joy is a fruit of the Spirit (and it is), then we are meant to experience and enjoy it, regardless of our circumstances. Whatever may be swirling around us, the eye of the storm is joy. But how do we get there? The simple answer is we need to...

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December 24, 2020
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The incarnation is one of the greatest treasures of our faith. The world keeps pushing God away, feeling more comfortable with him up in the heavens somewhere. But in the coming of Jesus he draws near. Incredibly near. He takes on our humanity....

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December 23, 2020
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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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December 22, 2020
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"Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will be with child ..." (Luke 1:30)

No matter how troubled Mary was, her heart had been cultivated by faith, and she responded to the news with composure, dignity, and faith. She...

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December 21, 2020
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“‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” (...
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December 20, 2020
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The gift of presence is a rare and beautiful gift. To come—unguarded, undistracted—and be fully present, fully engaged with whoever we are with at that moment. Have you noticed in reading the Gospels that people enjoyed being around Jesus? They...
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December 19, 2020
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We value independence. Mobility. Self-sufficiency. Yay. But we are a dependent people. Dependent on air, food, water. Needful of others. Needful of God. He is our divine helper, our ezer, without whom we will not be able to live a life...

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December 18, 2020
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We’re going to want our souls strong and ready for the days ahead, filled with God, not fried and empty. So we must practice soul care.

I’m not suggesting you go on a witch hunt for every neglected place in your soul. There’s way too much...

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December 17, 2020
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I was thumbing through a Williams-Sonoma catalog. It calls itself "a catalog for cooks," but really, it's a catalog of the life we wish we had. Everything is beautiful, delicious, elegant. The kitchens portrayed are immaculate—there are no messes...

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December 16, 2020
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As we near the end of this year, we're all a little beat up. 2020 was a kind of shaking and spiritual "sifting." The world was shaken; we were all shaken and sifted, and it revealed where our hopes and security were actually placed.

And in...

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December 13, 2020
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The Evil One lied to us about where true life was found...and we believed him.

God gave us the wondrous world as our playground, and he told us to enjoy it fully and freely. Yet despite his extravagant generosity, we had to reach for the...

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December 12, 2020
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The book “Killing Lions” is a conversation between John and Sam Eldredge about the trials young men face.
 
 
[John]   The more you know yourself, the more this will prove an immensely helpful...
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