March 13, 2021
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A story is only as good as its ending. Without a happy ending that draws us on in eager anticipation, our journey becomes a nightmare of endless struggle. Is this all there is? Is this as good as it gets? On a recent flight I was chatting with...

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March 12, 2021
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There are few things more crucial to us than our own lives.

And there are few things we are less clear about.

This journey we are taking is hardly down the yellow brick road. Then again, that's not a bad analogy at all. We may set...

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March 11, 2021
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"The King is enthralled by your beauty." Psalm 45:11

Lovely little six-year-old Lacey was visiting our ministry headquarters the other day, going from office to office, swinging on the door frame and asking with a smile, "Would...

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March 10, 2021
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This is the world [God] has made. This is the world that is still going on. And he doesn't walk away from the mess we've made of it. Now he lives, almost cheerfully, certainly heroically, in a dynamic relationship with us and with our world. "...

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March 09, 2021
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I will find you.
No matter how long it takes, no matter how far—I will find you.

—Nathaniel to Cora in The Last of the Mohicans

One of my favorite games growing up was "kidnapped and rescued...

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March 08, 2021
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What if? What if those deep desires in our hearts are telling us the truth, revealing to us the life we were meant to live? God gave us eyes so that we might see; he gave us ears that we might hear; he gave us wills that we might choose...

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March 07, 2021
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Jesus will return. Swiftly, unexpectedly. Any moment. His return will usher in the renewal of all things. That includes the execution of justice, rewards, the feast, your “estates,” your appointed role in his great kingdom—along with...
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March 06, 2021
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The single most significant decision that has changed my prayer life more than any other, the one step that has brought about greater results than all others combined is this (drum roll, please)...
 
Asking Jesus what I...
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March 05, 2021
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Stasi Eldredge's book "Free to Be Me" helps teen girls become the young women God created them to be.
 
 
Embracing ourselves has everything to do with embracing the goodness of God’s creative work in...
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March 04, 2021
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Right above my bed I think I shall hang a sign that says, GOD EXISTS. You see, I wake most mornings an unbeliever. It seems that during the night, I slip into forgetfulness, and by the time the new day comes, I am lost. The deep and precious...

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March 03, 2021
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The kingdom of God will not advance as it needs to advance without women rising up and playing their role. The transformation and healing of a man requires the presence, strength, and mercy of a woman. Men will not become the men they are meant...

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March 02, 2021
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A judge in his sixties, a real southern gentleman with a pinstriped suit and an elegant manner of speech, pulled me aside during a conference. Quietly, almost apologetically, he spoke of his love for sailing, for the open sea, and how he and a...

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March 01, 2021
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It is a matter of the heart, my brothers. There are many offices a man might fulfill as a king—father of a household, manager of a department, pastor of a church, coach of a team, prime minister of a nation—but the heart...
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February 28, 2021
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So much of the journey forward involves a letting go of all that once brought us life. We turn away from the familiar abiding places of the heart, the false selves we have lived out, the strengths we have used to make a place for ourselves and...

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February 27, 2021
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Look at the life of Jesus. Notice what he did. When Jesus touched the blind, they could see; all the beauty of the world opened before them. When he touched the deaf, they were able to hear; for the first...

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February 26, 2021
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When he left Rivendell, Frodo didn't head out with a thousand Elves. He had eight companions. Jesus didn't march around backed by legions of angels, either. He had twelve men—knuckleheads, every last one of them, but they were a band of brothers...

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February 25, 2021
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The time has come for us to quit playing chess with God over our lives. We cannot win, but we can delay the victory, dragging on the pain of grasping and the poison of possessing. You see, there are two kinds of losses in life. The first is...

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February 24, 2021
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Let’s come back to something very basic to our pursuit of God and the transformation he is always after in our lives—everything we do has a reason behind it, a motive.
 
Within the Christian community we tend to focus on...
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February 23, 2021
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Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. —Henri J. M. Nouwen 

When I was young, I thought that following God and being a Christian would lead to a life that was kind of easy, filled only with...

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February 22, 2021
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One last thought as we sweep away some of the clutter about holiness.
 
I don’t remember the issue my friend and I were talking about—it had something to do with Christianity—but I do remember my friend’s response: “Gosh,...
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