February 13, 2022
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John Wesley was thirty-five when he experienced the now famous "warming" of his heart—not his mind—toward Christ, and knew in that moment he had become not merely a Christian, but something more—a lover of God. Shortly after, he penned the hymn "...

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February 12, 2022
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His ability to live with all these qualities we’ve seen, in such a way that no one quality dominates—as is so often the case in our personalities—eclipsing the richness of the others. To live in such a way that there is always something of an...

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February 11, 2022
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The book "Killing Lions" is a conversation between John and Sam Eldredge about the trials young men face.
 
[Sam]   I feel like I blunder into success as much as I blunder into downfalls. That Susie...
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February 10, 2022
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This is a love story, dear friends. God is love, the apostle John tells us, and then he says it again so that we don’t forget, “God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God” (1 John 4:16). Love is the single most defining quality of...

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February 09, 2022
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The reason a woman wants a beauty to unveil, the reason she asks, Do you delight in me? is simply that God does as well. God is captivating beauty. As David prays, “One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may...gaze upon...

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February 08, 2022
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I always felt it strange that God needed to command us to love him. (It is the first and greatest of all the commandments.) Now I see better. When God calls us to love him as our “first love,” it is not only because he deserves to hold that...
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February 07, 2022
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For above all else, the Christian life is a love affair of the heart. It cannot be lived primarily as a set of principles or ethics. It cannot be managed with steps and programs. It cannot be lived exclusively as a moral code leading to...

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February 06, 2022
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Today’s Daily Reading is an excerpt from Morgan Snyder's book, Becoming a King.

The desire to be powerful transcends both social constructs and our boyhood dreams of becoming firefighters, policemen, NFL football players, Olympic...

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February 05, 2022
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We are now far into this Epic that every great story points to. We have reached the moment where we, too, must find our courage and rise up to recover our hearts and fight for the hearts of others. The hour is late, and much time has been wasted...

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February 04, 2022
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To live as an authentic, ransomed, and redeemed woman means to be real and present in this moment. If we continue to hide, much will be lost. We cannot have intimacy with God or anyone else if we stay hidden and offer only who we think we ought...
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February 03, 2022
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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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February 02, 2022
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Waiting can be an experience of emptiness. Our hands are empty. Our desires unfulfilled. Our hearts feel empty as
well. 

George MacDonald described it this way: 


’Tis hard for man to...

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February 01, 2022
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Finding more of God, growing strong in soul and spirit, requires creating space in your day for God—to intentionally put yourself in a place that allows you to draw upon and experience the healing power of the life of God filling you. Over the...

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January 31, 2022
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We are not what we were meant to be, and we know it. If, when passing a stranger on the street, we happen to meet eyes, we quickly avert our glance. Cramped into the awkward community of an elevator, we search for something, anything to look at...

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January 30, 2022
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How much of what we do is motivated by fear of man? Think of it—to be entirely free of false guilt, free from pressure, from false allegiances. It would be absolutely extraordinary.

This is what gives Jesus the ability to say such...

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January 29, 2022
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If then you are wise, you will show yourself rather as a reservoir than as a canal. A canal spreads abroad water as it receives it, but a reservoir waits until it is filled before overflowing, and thus without loss to itself [it shares] its...

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January 28, 2022
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The renewal of all things is meant to be the center of our view of the world, our hopes, and our tangible expectations as we plan our lives going forward. The phrase bucket list comes from the expression “kick the bucket,” the day we give it...
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January 27, 2022
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God gives Adam some instructions on the care of creation and his role in the unfolding story. It's pretty basic, and very generous (see Gen. 2:16-17). But notice what God doesn't tell Adam. There is no warning or instruction over what is...

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January 26, 2022
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Why did Nicodemus visit Jesus at night? Fear of what his peers would do if they found out. He wasn’t alone in this; John says that “many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for...

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January 25, 2022
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I realize that many dear followers of Christ have been taught that God only speaks to his sons and daughters through the Bible. The irony of that theology is this: that’s not what the Bible teaches! The Scriptures are filled with...
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