May 07, 2020
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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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May 06, 2020
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The assault on femininity—its long history, its utter viciousness—cannot be understood apart from the spiritual forces of evil we are warned against in the Scriptures. This is not to say that men (and women, for they, too, assault women) have...
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May 05, 2020
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Stasi Eldredge's book "Free to Be Me" helps teen girls become the young women God created them to be.
 
 
The kingdom of God will not advance as it needs to advance without girls rising up and playing...
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May 04, 2020
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I’ve come to the place where I have had to stop telling people, “I’ll pray for you.” 
 
I simply know that despite my good intentions—and these promises are almost always spoken with good intent—I know that nine times out...
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May 03, 2020
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Eve is given to Adam as his ezer kenegdoor as many translations have it, his "help meet" or "helper." Doesn't sound like much, does it? It makes me think of Hamburger Helper. But Robert Alter says this is "a notoriously...

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May 02, 2020
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Being unable to defeat God through raw power, Satan’s legions decide to wound God as deeply as possible by stealing the love of his Beloved through seduction. And having “seduced them to his party,” to ravish them body and soul; and having...

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May 01, 2020
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After God fashioned this dazzling earth, he gave it to us. Which is a bit like giving your fifteen year old the keys to a Maserati. But, he has his ways of doing things. When God gave us the earth he also gave us all the adventures that lay...
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April 30, 2020
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Until we come to terms with war as the context of our days, we will not understand life. We will misinterpret ninety percent of what is happening around us and to us. It will be very hard to believe that God's intentions toward us are...

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April 29, 2020
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The heart is central. That I would even need to remind you of this only shows how far we have fallen from the life we were meant to live—or how powerful the spell has been. The subject of the heart is addressed in the Bible more than any other...

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April 28, 2020
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God wants to come to us and restore our lives. He really does. But if our soul is not well, it’s almost impossible to receive him. Dry, scorched ground can’t absorb the very rain it needs.

As C. S. Lewis explained, “The soul is...

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April 27, 2020
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We, too, live in a world that triggers our souls into vigilance far too often. The complexity of modern life is mind-boggling. Thanks to the smartphone and the web, you are confronted on a daily basis with more information than any previous...

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April 26, 2020
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A week or two after the foot washing, following the cross and the empty tomb, Jesus appears on the shore just across from where the boys are fishing. He acts like a guy out for a stroll, asks if they had any luck, suggests they try one more spot...

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April 25, 2020
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This will open up wonders for you about the personality of Jesus—look at his works of art.

I was sitting out back yesterday morning sipping coffee, watching the young chipmunks chase one another at breakneck speeds across the deck. One...

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April 24, 2020
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Ladies, you are the Bride of Christ ... and the Bride of Christ is a warring bride.
 
Now, often the hardest person to fight for is ... yourself. But you must. Your heart is needed. You must be present and engaged...
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April 23, 2020
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You shall know them, Jesus said, by their fruit.
 
The principle holds true for anything in life. It is especially helpful in diagnosing what the enemy might be up to. What is the fruit of what you’re experiencing? What is...
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April 22, 2020
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Our hearts long to recover a sense of wonder; it is one of the reasons only the child-heart can receive the kingdom. Remember now—we shall be as children again:“
 
Let the little children come to me, and...
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April 21, 2020
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Where would we be today if Abraham had carefully weighed the pros and cons of God’s invitation and decided that he’d rather hang on to his medical benefits, three weeks paid vacation, and retirement plan in Ur? What would have happened if Moses...

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April 20, 2020
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Be very careful how you interpret “unanswered prayer.” Our hearts are so vulnerable in these moments. It’s just too easy to lose heart. The conclusions come rushing in—God isn’t listening; he doesn’t care; I’m not faithful enough; prayer...
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April 19, 2020
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Who is this God who is so determined that we know His presence that He is willing to allow so much that hinders us to be stripped away, including at times our health and well-being? Where do my beliefs of what well-being actually is not align...

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April 18, 2020
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Notice that all the great stories pretty much follow the same story line. Things were once good, then something awful happened, and now a great battle must be fought or a journey taken. At just the right moment (which feels like the last possible...

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