December 11, 2019
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The only way is love. Paul says love “keeps no record of wrongs” (1 Cor. 13:5). In loving relationships, we want to throw away the list in our heads of wrongs done to us and ignore them when they raise their indictments yet again. Too often we...

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September 29, 2019
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God will use painful trials...to hone us, but he doesn’t cause all of them. 


Some of my readers will need some help with this because they’ve been taught a theology that God causes all things. So they have had to swallow hard and...

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September 13, 2019
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As a teacher, counselor, and author, I love what I do for a living. But it hasn’t always been so. I spent a lifetime in Washington, D.C., several years ago. They were two of the most miserable years of my life. I don’t like government, and I...

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May 17, 2019
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The meadowlark has long been my favorite songbird. I love its song because it evokes so many summer days out in the fields and streams of the West. Its song means summer, hay meadows, long lazy days, fly-fishing. More than anything else...

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April 15, 2019
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After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” “Yes, he does,” he replied. When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak...

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March 30, 2019
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Winter tarries long at six thousand feet. Here in the Rocky Mountains, spring comes late and fitfully. We had snow again last week—the second week in May. I've come to accept that spring here is really a wrestling match between winter and summer...

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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 the...

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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...

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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...

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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. (Isaiah...

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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...

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December 26, 2018
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[My] labor pains for you ... will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives. (Galatians 4:19 NLT)

And so you’ve celebrated Christmas, the coming of Jesus to this world. And what a thing to celebrate! The entire...

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December 22, 2018
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And there was the baby, lying in the manger. (Luke 2:16 NLT)


Much of the famous artwork depicting Jesus is beautiful, but the artists also make it difficult to remember that Jesus was human. The incarnation is one of the...

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December 21, 2018
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Then I looked, and, oh!—a door open into Heaven. The trumpet-voice, the first voice in my vision, called out, “Ascend and enter. I’ll show you what happens next.” (Revelation 4:1 The Message)


The dreams I have about the...

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