February 05, 2019
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Most Christians desire very deeply to be known as gracious, kind, patient, and forgiving. We feel we “owe” it to Jesus to be seen on our best behavior. This is even truer for those of us in “the ministry,” whose lives are publicly attached to...

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February 04, 2019
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Too many men hide behind reason and logic. A man must grow beyond mere reason, or he will be stunted as a man, certainly as a lover. No woman wants to be analyzed, and many marriages fail because the man insists on treating her as a...
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February 03, 2019
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One of the best ways to help us remember who our God is and who we are to him is to worship him. In worship, when we turn the gaze of our hearts away from ourselves and our needs and onto Jesus, a divine shift happens that brings a great good to...

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January 29, 2019
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Creation sometimes screams a confusing message—fear, pain, grief. Fire burns, rivers flood, winds go hurricane, the earth shudders so hard it levels cities. But you must remember—this was not so in Eden. Mankind fell, surrendering this earth to...

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January 25, 2019
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Stasi Eldredge's book "Free to Be Me" helps teen girls become the young women God created them to be.
 
 
Like you, I have areas in my life that I want and need to change. But I’ve learned the freeing...
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January 21, 2019
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We have no idea who we really are. Whatever glory was bestowed, whatever glory is being restored, we thought this whole Christian thing was about ... something else. Trying not to sin. Going to church. Being nice. Jesus says it is about healing...

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January 20, 2019
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Resignation is not just the sigh that groans with something gone wrong. Such a sigh can be redemptive if it does not let go of the Haunting we have all experienced of something presently lost. Resignation is the acceptance of the loss as final....

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January 19, 2019
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But doesn't Christianity condemn desire—the Puritans and all that? Not at all. Quite the contrary. Christianity takes desire seriously—far more seriously than the stoic or the mere hedonist. Christianity refuses to budge from the fact that man...

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January 11, 2019
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Now for one of the most beautiful mysteries of the feminine heart: women minister something to the heart of God that men do not.
 
Look at the record. There was an event that took place in the life of Jesus that he said...
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January 06, 2019
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“He is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth.”
2 Samuel 23:4

What makes your heart awaken? For what awakens your heart is worth paying...

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January 05, 2019
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We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline.
Hebrews 6:18–19 The Message

The hope and promise of...

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January 04, 2019
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God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 nlt

The thing you are made for is the renewal of all things. God has given you a heart for his kingdom—not...

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January 03, 2019
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You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.
Psalm 139:5

At the Fall, why did God curse Adam and Eve with an emptiness that nothing would be able to fill? Wasn’t life going to be hard enough out there in...

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January 02, 2019
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Long before [God] laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love.
Ephesians 1:4 The Message

We exercise because we want to grow stronger;...

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January 01, 2019
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Is anything too hard for the Lord?
Genesis 18:14

January 1. A brand-new year. It’s the time of year we start thinking about making changes. This year, rather than writing a quick list of resolutions that we’ll likely forget...

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December 31, 2018
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He who testifies to all these things says it again: “I’m on my way! I’ll be there soon!” Yes! Come, Master Jesus!
Revelation 22:20 The Message

There’s nothing like stepping out your door into the beckoning world. This is why...

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December 30, 2018
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Out of that terrible travail of soul, he’ll see that it’s worth it and be glad he did it. Through what he experienced, my righteous one, my servant, will make many “righteous ones,” as he himself carries the burden of their sins.
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December 29, 2018
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“After a long absence, the master of those three servants came back and settled up with them. ... His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’ ”
Matthew 25:19–21 The Message

You...

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December 28, 2018
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“Come!” say the Spirit and the Bride. Whoever hears, echo, “Come!” Is anyone thirsty? Come! All who will, come and drink, drink freely of the Water of Life!
Revelation 22:17 The Message

Two ideas are absolutely basic to a...

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December 27, 2018
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What is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Indeed, you are our glory and joy.
1 Thessalonians 2:19–20

Where is this supposed coming? The current expression...

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