August 25, 2023
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What Jesus primarily models for us is how to draw our life from the Father. This passage from Philippians — one of the earliest hymns of the faith — says that Jesus more than humbled himself when he came to earth. He emptied himself:

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August 24, 2023
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I will find you. No matter how long it takes, no matter how far – I will find you. —Nathaniel to Cora in The Last of the Mohicans


One of my favorite games growing up was "kidnapped and rescued." I know many little...

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August 23, 2023
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Mary broke the neck of the jar open and slowly poured some of the perfume on Jesus’s head and then poured the rest on his feet. Then she did something extremely intimate and scandalous. She unbound her hair and wiped his feet with it, even though...

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August 22, 2023
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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 Nazis were...

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August 21, 2023
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Everything in you may be saying, “But you don’t understand. I want to eat that whole box of chocolates (or sleep with my boyfriend, or let my anger really fly). That’s what really seems like life to me right now.” God says, “I know you...

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August 20, 2023
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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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August 19, 2023
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Let me take you back now to the last cup of tea, Luke’s parting, and the ending of our family’s childhood era. It was the Saturday of his high school graduation. We had been through two others before and knew the ritual well. I believe in rituals...

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August 18, 2023
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The Road goes ever on and on
 Down from the door where it began.
 Now far ahead the Road has gone,
 And I must follow, if I can,
 Pursuing it with eager feet,
 Until it joins some larger way.
(J. R. R. Tolkien)...

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August 17, 2023
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The book “Killing Lions” is a conversation between John and Sam Eldredge about the trials young men face.


[Sam]  One of the best feelings I had as a young man was cutting the ties I had to you and Mom financially. I mean, I...

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August 16, 2023
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Look at the life of Jesus. Notice what he did. When Jesus touched the blind, they could see; all the beauty of the world opened before them. When he touched the deaf, they were able to hear; for the first time in their lives...

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August 15, 2023
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Flames are licking all around us, aren’t they? All the time. Saint Peter describes our life here on this earth as a “fiery ordeal” (1 Peter 4:12). Tragedies and heartache and pressures and illnesses and irritations grand and small show up...

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August 14, 2023
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The secret of happiness is this: God is the love you are longing for. 

 

We live in a love story. We are created for romance and we have an insatiable capacity for it. Now, God gave us such a heart; it was one of his first gifts to...

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August 13, 2023
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Jesus kept coming back to this central issue, over and over, driving at it in his teachings, his parables, his penetrating questions. If you look again, through the lens that most of us feel fundamentally fatherless, I think you’ll find it very...

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August 12, 2023
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And here's where we run into a problem.


For most of us, life feels like a movie we've arrived at forty-five minutes late.


Something important seems to be going on ... maybe. I mean, good things do happen, sometimes...

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August 11, 2023
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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...

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August 10, 2023
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Well, he created laughter. And think of the crowd he dined with. These rabble-rousers quickly earned Jesus a reputation as a drunkard and a glutton, and it wasn’t because they served water and crackers. This was a wild group, and surely such a...

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August 09, 2023
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We hold on to hope, and belief, by remembering what is true and setting our hopes on a Person — on the utter goodness and reliability of our God who intervened in Bethlehem, when all was hopeless. And who has promised to intervene again, in an...

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August 08, 2023
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We need what Beauty speaks. What it says is hard to put into words. But part of its message is, all is well. All will be well.

Beauty invites. Recall what it is like to hear a truly beautiful piece of music. It...

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August 07, 2023
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The book “Killing Lions” is a conversation between John and Sam Eldredge about the trials young men face.

 

[Sam]  I hate money. But I like to eat. I want a cell phone so people can get in touch with me. I want to...

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August 06, 2023
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Caring for your heart is how you protect your relationship with God.


Now there’s a new thought. But isn’t our heart the new dwelling place of God? It is where we commune with him. It is where we hear his voice. Most of the folks I...

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