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Do You Restrict Jesus in Your Life?

Do You Restrict Jesus in Your Life?

So they bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate.  (Mark 15:1b) Jesus — the Creator of everything — being bound. When I read the story of Jesus’ arrest before His crucifixion, the words “they bound Jesus” jump off the page. Think about this: According...

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Perhaps Today, Dad

Perhaps Today, Dad

Billy died when he was eleven years old. Affectionately known as Billy, he was an active little boy. Growing up on a farm in the south Saskatchewan prairies of Canada held countless adventures--miles of open prairie to explore, prairie gophers to hunt, cows to milk,...

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How to Handle Rejection

How to Handle Rejection

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18, NIV) When you feel insignificant, abandoned, or rejected, remember God sees where you are and throws no one away. I was recently betrayed and abruptly discarded by some...

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Cleansing Water and Refining Fire

Cleansing Water and Refining Fire

Everything that can endure fire, you shall put through the fire, and it shall be clean. But all that cannot endure fire you shall put through water.  (Numbers 31:23, NKJV) Water purifies by cleansing; fire purifies by refining. Different purification methods are...

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A New Creation

A New Creation

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  (2 Corinthians 5:17 ) We slept in the barn —where horse manure, pigeon droppings, and water damage used to be. Larry and Denise —dear friends of...

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Finding Your Life Purpose

Finding Your Life Purpose

At some time in our lives, we all struggle with identifying, then following, God’s purpose. After all, life purpose involves two basic, unnerving questions: Who am I and why am I here? In our quest for answers, everyone weighs in with differing opinions about the...

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What Do You Know?

What Do You Know?

There is a huge difference between head knowledge and heart knowledge – between truly knowing something or someone and knowing about something or someone. The deeper you genuinely and personally know someone, the more intimate will be the relationship. To achieve this...

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My Heart Hears Heavenly Music

My Heart Hears Heavenly Music

A song resounds within me – a familiar tune, yet incomplete. The absent anthem of my soul; the misplaced music of my heart. Infused before time began, its melody beckons with angelic whispers; Awakening with midnight call, arousing my senses with its lingering...

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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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