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Be the Real You

“Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.”  (Romans 12:3) It’s so refreshing to come across a person who is “comfortable in their skin.”  A person who is not trying to be less or more than they are. […]

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Alive in Christ

As Christ-followers, we are commanded and warned to stay focused, alert, mindful, and watchful. We are to fix our minds and set our thoughts on certain things. We face several challenges: By nature, our minds and hearts are prone to wander. We have jobs and tasks that demand our attention. We have an enemy whose […]

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Run in the Right Direction

We are always pursuing something in life. The question we must ask throughout the day is, “What am I pursuing?” It’s so easy to go with the flow of the current, but the following passage reminds us to swim against the stream, not with it. Choose to be different. “Now in a large house there […]

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Thirsting for God

“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.” Psalm 42:1 Do you thirst for God? Does your soul long to be in His presence?  Many Christ followers seem to lack a passionate longing for God. We often go through the motions, do the disciplines, and serve in […]

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Guard Your Heart

“Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the springs of life.”  Proverbs 4:23 In other words, make sure you are solid at your core, that your heart, soul and mind are bent toward God, that your heart is passionate for God and His Word.  From your heart (your core being) flows […]

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The Fear of God

“Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness.” 1 Timothy 4:7 Jerry Bridges in The Practice of Godliness, explains how godliness includes having a deep devotion to God.  Devotion is not an activity; it is an attitude toward God, comprised of three essential elements: the fear of God the love of God the desire for God […]

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The Love of God

“This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”  1 John 4:9-11 Our love for […]

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Fearing God

Other than Jesus, the wisest man who ever lived, Solomon, came to this conclusion: “The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.  For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.”    Eccl 12:13-14 We […]

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Train Yourself for Godliness

1 Tim 4:7-8 – Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. As Christ followers, we know we can do nothing apart from God.  It is […]

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Gaining Control Over Our Thought Life

2 Cor 10:3-6 –  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh,  for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.   We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we […]

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