June 05, 2021
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Jesus is everywhere.
 
But let me give you a grace that will help you see him:
 
He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the...
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June 04, 2021
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Years ago some kind soul sent me a book on the devil. It was rather dated, from the 1960s I believe, complete with little caricature drawings of Satan as our adversary. I’m ashamed to admit my first thought was, I know plenty about spiritual...

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June 03, 2021
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But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in...
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June 02, 2021
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Rescuing the human heart is the hardest mission in the world.

The dilemma of the Story is this: we don't know if we want to be rescued. We are so enamored with our small stories and our false gods, we are so bound up in our...

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June 01, 2021
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We are invited to become followers of Jesus.
 
Not just believers. Followers. There is a difference.
 
Follower assumes that someone else is doing the leading. As in “He calls his...
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May 31, 2021
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That strength so essential to men is also what makes them heroes. If a neighborhood is safe, it's because of the strength of men. Slavery was stopped by the strength of men, at a terrible price to them and their families. The...

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May 30, 2021
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So long as we imagine it is we who have to look for God, we must often lose heart. But it is the other way about—He is looking for us.  —Simon Tugwell

Can it possibly get any more uncertain than this? We so long for life to be...

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May 29, 2021
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The shriveled figure lay in the sun like a pile of rags dumped there by accident. It hardly appeared to be human. But those who used the gate to go in and out of Jerusalem recognized him. He was disabled, dropped off there every morning by...

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May 28, 2021
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Though we don’t have all the control and assurance we may want, we as God’s beloved can be certain of many things…

We know that we are more than conquerors through him who loves us. We know that nothing, nothing, nothing will be able to...

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May 27, 2021
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Let me tell you, few things can mess you up as badly as trying to do your best. For the tender heart, the earnest heart, it is so discouraging to give all you have trying to do what you think Jesus would have you do, and find yourself falling...
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May 26, 2021
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It's undeniable: the new covenant, accomplished through the work of Christ, means that we have new hearts. Our hearts are good. Or God's a liar. Until we embrace that stunning truth, we will find it really hard to make decisions, because we can't...

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May 25, 2021
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This is a very dangerous moment, when God seems set against everything that has meant life to us. Satan spies his opportunity, and leaps to accuse God in our hearts. You see, he says, God is angry with you. He’s disappointed in you...
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May 24, 2021
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Warfare prayer is not a “back-up” category when all else fails. It is not a specialty form of prayer for the uniquely called or gifted. Yes—there are some who become “experts” in this field, just as there are some who become especially trained...
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May 23, 2021
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We cannot know the plans of God for us beyond His promises that He is working for our good at all times. And often we are far from comfortable as we wait. But, just as David wrote in the psalm, we, too, can remember God’s great love and...

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May 22, 2021
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How do you understand your life? Why has it turned out so differently from what you imagined? What do you make of its randomness? The phone rings, and you have no idea what is coming. It could be great news! It could be an old friend getting back...

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May 21, 2021
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I have a practice that has become an absolute lifesaver: The One Minute Pause.

I simply take sixty seconds to be still and let everything go.

As I enter the pause, I begin with release. I let it all go—the meetings, what I know is...

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May 20, 2021
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Stasi Eldredge's book "Free to Be Me" helps teen girls become the young women God created them to be.
 
 
There’s a reason they made a movie with the title Mean Girls. It’s because girls can be...
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May 19, 2021
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God wants an intimate relationship with us. He is not a God who is far away; he is the God who has made us his dwelling place. We are the temple of the Lord. When by faith, we confess that Jesus is LORD, he comes and makes his home...
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May 18, 2021
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“I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman opens the gate for him, and the...
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May 17, 2021
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At one point in the long, arduous campaign of delivering to Judah the bad news of coming judgment and futile calls for repentance, Jeremiah explodes with thoughts that have apparently been building in him for a while with regard to God's use of...

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