December 06, 2018
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“All mankind will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, your Redeemer.”
Isaiah 49:26

Once upon a time the earth was whole and beautiful, shimmering like an emerald, filled with glory, bursting with anticipation. Such...

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December 05, 2018
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Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of...

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December 04, 2018
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Just as we are now like the earthly man, we will someday be like the heavenly man.
1 Corinthians 15:49 nlt

You’ll be made perfect. Finally, the totality of your being will be saturated only with goodness. Think of all that...

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December 03, 2018
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Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered—to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.
Revelation 5:12 nlt

Pilate dares to ask Jesus, “What is truth?” Jesus doesn’t even bother answering...

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December 02, 2018
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“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.
Mark 10:51

Recovering your true heart’s desire may involve facing some deep disappointment. Undoubtedly, it will require painful self-examination. But you do not need to...

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December 01, 2018
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“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” 
Matthew 6:10

You have been looking for the kingdom all your life. When you were a child, you searched for it in ponds and cornfields, attics and bedroom...

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November 30, 2018
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“My grace is sufficient for you.”
2 Corinthians 12:9 nasb

There is only the kingdom, friend. Everything else will slip through your fingers, no matter how strong your grasp. Why do you fight this hope? You nod in...

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November 14, 2018
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In this world where we find ourselves living, having joy often feels both crazy and out of reach. 

To have joy in the midst of sorrow—or the current news feed—can seem impossible. And all on our own, it is impossible. But just as the angel...

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October 28, 2018
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Aren't there times in your life that if you could, you would love to return to? I grew up in Los Angeles but spent my boyhood summers in Oregon where both my mother and father's parents lived. There was a beauty and innocence and excitement to...

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October 11, 2018
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Dare we forget King David? Yes, his passions got him in a heap of trouble—and gave us our book of worship, the Psalms. Sure, Peter was a hotheaded disciple always quick with a reply. Remember in the Garden of Gethsemane—he's the one who...

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October 10, 2018
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"And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." (2 Cor. 3:18)

I know, I know—most days it sure doesn’t feel...

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September 29, 2018
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It is possible to recover the lost life of our heart and with it the intimacy, beauty, and adventure of life with God. To do so we must leave what is familiar and comfortable—perhaps even parts of the religion in which we have come to trust—and...

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September 24, 2018
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I continue to be stunned by the level of deadness that most people consider normal and seem to be content to live with. It had been more than a year since Diane and Ted first came to see me for counseling. As with most marriages, the real issues...

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September 23, 2018
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Wisdom is crucial. But wisdom is not enough. Wisdom is essential...and insufficient.

Saul of Tarsus was headed to Damascus, "breathing out murderous threats against the Lord's disciples," with official documents granting him permission to...

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September 17, 2018
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There is a reason you have the desires you do. Some desires you share with many others. Many people want the same core, good things: a community, a relationship, a deeper walk with God. But many of your dreams and desires are yours alone. They...

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September 13, 2018
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O Living Flame of Love...How gently and how lovingly Thou wakest in my bosom, where alone thou secretly dwellest; And in Thy sweet breathing full of grace and glory how tenderly Thou fillest me with Thy love.

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September 08, 2018
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A friend of mine wanted to teach English as a second language in an Asian country, as a way of becoming a sort of undercover missionary. A beautiful dream, one that I'm sure she would have been excellent in fulfilling. But she rushed to the field...

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September 05, 2018
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It seems at times that God will go to any length to thwart the very thing we most deeply want. We can’t get a job. Our attempt to find a spouse never pans out. The doctors aren’t able to help us with our infertility. Isn’t this precisely the...

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August 31, 2018
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In order for us to live in freedom and become the women we are to become, we need to receive God’s love even in our lowest places. 

Spiritual warfare is designed to separate you from the love of God. Its goal is to keep you from living in...

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August 28, 2018
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Heroic desires are embedded in the center of the masculine soul. Yet there is also something corrosive at work. Some drive to answer a searing question for which we have no words. Some compulsive need to push and strive that lures us so often to...

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