July 24, 2020
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There is nothing like stepping out your door into a bright and beckoning world. This is why people vacation in beautiful places. It is also the secret to the stories you love—that magical moment when the hero or heroine steps into a "brave new...
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July 23, 2020
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The most dangerous man on earth is the man who has reckoned with his own death. All men die; few men ever really live. Sure, you can create a safe life for yourself ... and end your days in a rest home babbling on...

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July 22, 2020
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He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (Ps. 147:3)

Yes, we have all been wounded in this battle. And we will be wounded again. But something deeper has also happened to us than mere wounds.

I expect that all of us at...

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July 21, 2020
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The Ephesians passage warns about spiritual strongholds created in our lives when we let “the sun go down” on something. Note that in this case that something isn’t necessarily sin. Paul says, “in your anger do not sin,” so anger does not equal...

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July 20, 2020
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God sets his own image on the earth. He creates a being like himself. He creates a son. The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. (Gen. 2:7)

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July 19, 2020
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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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July 18, 2020
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We need Jesus like we need oxygen. Like we need water. Like the branch needs the vine. Jesus is not merely a figure for devotions. He is the missing essence of your existence. Whether we know it or not, we are desperate for Jesus.  

To...

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July 17, 2020
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The book "Killing Lions" is a conversation between John and Sam Eldredge about the trials young men face.
 
 
[John]   I was watching a remarkable documentary on the Dorobo hunters in southern...
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July 16, 2020
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We long for beauty, and when the biblical writers speak of heaven, they use the most beautiful imagery they can. You can almost hear the agony of the writer trying to get it right while knowing he falls far short of what he sees. In the book of...

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July 15, 2020
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Jesus said we must take up our cross and die to the supremacy of Self every single day, probably many times a day (see Matthew 10:38; 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23; 14:27).

We must crucify the exalted, offended Self, that’s clear. But what...

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July 14, 2020
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“In all their distress he too was distressed” (Isa. 63:9). We can know that in our distress God too is distressed. Jesus understands heartbreak, betrayal, abandonment, loneliness, sorrow, and pain. He is acquainted with grief. He cares. He cares...

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July 13, 2020
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When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick…So they set out and went from village to village,...

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July 12, 2020
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In Romans 8, Paul says something outrageous. He says that all our sufferings are "not worth comparing" with the glory that will be revealed in us. The human race has seen an unspeakable amount of suffering. What can possibly make that seem like...

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July 11, 2020
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Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"

The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees...

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July 10, 2020
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Over the years we’ve come to see that the only thing more tragic than the things that have happened to us is what we have done with them.
 
Words were said, painful words. Things were done, awful things. And they...
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July 09, 2020
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According to the Scriptures, the heart can be troubled, wounded, pierced, grieved, even broken. How well we all know that. Thankfully, it can also be cheerful, glad, merry, joyful, rejoicing. The heart can be whole or divided...

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July 08, 2020
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You have a strength, and it is needed. When a man feels that to be true of him, he rises up and engages like a man. As a boy begins to become a young man, there are some key issues at stake. He needs to know he possesses a genuine strength, and...
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July 07, 2020
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Every human being has some vital place in their life where they are not living in the victory they long for, and it colors how they view themselves. Every woman’s personal struggle rooted in her past, be it fear of intimacy or a deep-rooted self-...

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July 06, 2020
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Something is happening to the human heart. You need to understand what it is if you would make sense of any of this. 
 
Human beings are by nature ravenous creatures; a famished craving haunts every one of us. We were...
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July 05, 2020
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Today’s Daily Reading is an excerpt from Morgan Snyder's book “Becoming a King”

For many years, we were like just about everybody else: unconsciously forsaking honest soul rest, always going, with overfilled calendars and little...

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