August 21, 2020
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The next chapter of our story is precisely that—the chapter that follows all the chapters before and fits them perfectly. God is still telling a story; the next chapter is not disconnected from the rest. (I know it feels totally disconnected,...
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August 20, 2020
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We are looking for more of God. You’re far more likely to find him in a walk through an orchard or a sit by a pond than you are in a subway terminal. Of course God is with us and for us wherever we are, but in terms of refreshment, renewal, ...

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August 19, 2020
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In the heart of every human being lies the desire to belong. It is primordial, primeval, linked somewhere in our deep memory to our need for survival. To be the outcast is to be sentenced to death. To be shunned is the worst form of punishment...
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August 18, 2020
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I’m thinking about love this morning.
 
I’ve been noticing that most mornings I don’t wake up super happy, and I’m not sure why. I’ve also been noticing for some time now that when I first wake up, I find myself racing...
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August 17, 2020
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In our eagerness to see good happen, Christians often jump straight into praying, without first pausing and aligning ourselves with Jesus—like a trombone player who simply starts playing her part without waiting for the conductor; or an athlete...
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August 16, 2020
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God calls us to run away to Him, not from Him. He asks us to not fix our gaze on other people’s lives and compare them to our own but to look to Him for the source of our worthy life. He asks us to find our rest in Him. He is our resting...

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August 15, 2020
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In the time of our innocence, we trusted in good because we had not yet known evil. On this side of Eden and our own experience of the Fall—whatever our own Arrows have been and however the adversary has woven them together into our particular...

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August 14, 2020
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It is a matter of the heart, my brothers. There are many offices a man might fulfill as a king—father of a household, manager of a department, pastor of a church, coach of a team, prime minister of a nation—but the heart...
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August 13, 2020
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In the gospel of John, Jesus extends the offer to anyone who realizes that his life just isn't touching his deep desire: "If you are thirsty, come to me! If you believe in me, come and drink! For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water...

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August 12, 2020
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The book "Killing Lions" is a conversation between John and Sam Eldredge about the trials young men face.

[Sam]   I recently read an article about a young Maasai man who came to the United States to pursue his master’s...

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August 11, 2020
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Do not give way to fear. (1 Peter 3:6)
 
Isn’t that why we hide, why we strive, why we control, why we do anything but offer beauty? We are afraid. We have given way to fear. Just think...
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August 10, 2020
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Today’s Daily Reading is an excerpt from Morgan Snyder's book “Becoming a King”

What is the Enemy’s plan for your life? It’s an important question for each of us to ask and keep asking.

There are daily strategies, cultural...

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August 09, 2020
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I ran across a news release so shocking I had to read it twice. It didn’t make the front page but it should have: the average person now spends 93 percent of their life indoors (this includes your transportation time in car, bus, or metro).  ...

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August 08, 2020
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Any parent or lover knows this: love is chosen. You cannot, in the end, force anyone to love you.

So if you are writing a story where love is the meaning, where love is the highest and best of all, where love is the point, then...

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August 07, 2020
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We’ve lived in Colorado now for more than twenty years, but I’ve never really learned to snowboard. I mean, I’ve tried. But it was always a messy, hazardous, hesitant affair. Like a dog on roller skates. There wasn’t a lot of joy in it for me. I...

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August 06, 2020
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You are amazing. Well, okay, maybe not every day. Every day the wonder of you is amazing, but many days the wonder of you is buried beneath the rubble of a world gone mad. You were born into a glorious mess, and we all have become something of a...

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August 05, 2020
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Let's come back for a moment to original glory, the glory of God given to us when we were created in his image. So much light could be shed on our lives if we would explore what we were meant to be before things started going wrong. What...

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August 04, 2020
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God has a beauty to unveil. There's a reason that a man is captivated by a woman. Eve is the crown of creation. If you follow the Genesis narrative carefully, you'll see that each new stage of creation is better than the one...

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August 03, 2020
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You will appreciate the mastery of Jesus only to the degree that you understand the minefield he walks. He is advancing against the prince of darkness in a bid for the human heart. The whole situation is booby-trapped. Satan already has the upper...

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August 02, 2020
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I’ll let you in on a little secret: your heart is made for the kingdom of God. This might be the most important thing anyone will ever tell you about yourself: your heart only thrives in one habitat, and that safe place is called the kingdom of...
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