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Imagining God’s Presence

Solomon concluded his search for the meaning of life with these words: “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.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14) What does it mean […]

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Encountering the Resurrected Jesus

The resurrection of Jesus Christ changed everything for the first disciples, and this transformation is perhaps best seen in the life of Simon Peter, the professional fisherman who was called by Jesus to elevate his fishing skills to a new level. “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.”  (Matthew 4:19) The impulsive […]

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Shallow or Deep?

“If you listen to the Word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you […]

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Talk Less, Listen More

“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.” Colossians4:2 “Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few.” Ecclesiastes 5:2-3 The busyness of […]

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A New Heart, A New Life

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Galatians 2:20 This truth demands us to ask […]

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The Hand of God

The LORD is my shepherd,I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,I fear no evil, for You […]

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Praying Starts with God, NOT Us!

In his book, Pray: A Study of Distinctive Christian Praying, Charles Whiston writes: “Because of our chronic egocentricity we think of ourselves as initiating prayer. We seek after God to gain his attention, to have him come into our presence, to respond to our desires and do our will. We will pray far better if […]

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Stir Up the Inner Fire!

“Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16) If you are a true follower of Christ (not just one who claims to be), God deposited His Spirit in you. That’s a total game changer! “For God has not given us […]

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God Opposes the Proud

“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  James 4:6 When you have time, read the context of this verse.  God is defending Moses and describing their relationship.  With Moses, the Lord spoke face to face, a relationship like none other.  Yet Moses was characterized by humility.  How did Moses become humble?  More […]

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Divine Interruptions

Look out!  God will often do things in the midst of your day to grab your attention and call you to do something you didn’t have planned.  Moses was doing his thing, tending his sheep.  BAM!  A bush on fire but not burning. He turns to check it out, and behold it speaks.  It’s God […]

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