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God’s Compelling Love for You

God’s Compelling Love for You

God’s love. Many people claim it, several more talk about it; but few truly understand it. Paul called it incomprehensible and unfathomable; Job recorded it as unsearchable and limitless. Jeremiah confirmed it is everlasting. John described it as the evidence of being...

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What Does Jesus Look Like?

What Does Jesus Look Like?

I’ve buried far too many people in my life. Too many funerals, too many missed opportunities for one last goodbye, too many loved ones missing from the holiday gatherings. At a recent home-going of a dear friend, I tried to visualize what she experienced as she awoke...

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Pull out Those Bitter Roots

Pull out Those Bitter Roots

Watch out that no bitterness takes root among you, for as it springs up it causes deep trouble, hurting many in their spiritual lives .(Hebrews 12:15, TLB) Have you ever been around people so bitter you could feel their corrosiveness pouring out of them? Their...

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Spiritual Sunscreen

Spiritual Sunscreen

When was the last time you got really sunburned? My wife and I recently spent a week on vacation at a Central American resort. It was on a beautiful, relaxing, all-inclusive, beach-front golfing community so you can imagine the peaceful approach we took to the usual...

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God’s Mixed Messages

God’s Mixed Messages

David inquired of God: “Shall I go?” The Lord answered him, “Go.” David inquired of God again, and God answered him, “Do not go…” (I Chronicles 14:10, 14) Do you get mixed messages from God? No, I’m not committing heresy or expressing my disbelief in answered prayers....

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Release it Into God’s Hands

Release it Into God’s Hands

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. (Galatians 5:1) “If you love something, let it go. If it returns, it’s yours; if it doesn’t, it never was.” I memorized that quote from a poster that hung on my bedroom wall throughout high school. It displayed a hand...

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Dippers, Strippers, and Equippers

Dippers, Strippers, and Equippers

Now may the God of peace...equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.  Hebrews 13:20-21 Coffee almost shot out my nose as I laughed at an unexpected...

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Never Settle

Never Settle

As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.  (Psalm 42:1) The absence of bad does not equate to good. After sampling new cuisine, I sometimes say, “That’s not bad.” This can mean I either enjoyed it or tolerated it. But there’s a big...

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Silence

Silence

The fruit of [God's] righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. (Isaiah 32:17) Silence is golden—except on an elevator. There must be an unwritten rule somewhere that prohibits talking in elevators. An uneasy, awkward silence...

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Dating Advice from Saul and David

Dating Advice from Saul and David

Dating advice starts with a question: Do you want a spouse or do you want God’s anointed, appointed helpmeet? Some people may question the difference. If I find someone willing to marry me, won’t they automatically become my helpmeet? No, not necessarily. To further...

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Do You Listen with Your Mouth?

Do You Listen with Your Mouth?

Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak… (James 1:19) Have you ever tried to give a friend or relative some friendly advice or Godly counsel, yet as you talk with him, his ears are closed and his motor-mouth is running? He may be struggling with a...

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Freeing Your Enemy

Freeing Your Enemy

When a man finds his enemy, does he let him get away unharmed? (I Samuel 24:19) Forgiving those who wrong us sets several things in motion. Because of his jealousy, hatred, and fear, King Saul chased David around the countryside. God had rejected Saul as Israel’s king...

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