October 18, 2016
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“Life,” as a popular saying goes, “is not a dress rehearsal. Live it to the fullest.” What a setup for a loss of heart. No one gets all he desires; no one even comes close. If this is it, we are lost. But what if life is a dress rehearsal? What...

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October 17, 2016
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So long as we imagine it is we who have to look for God, we must often lose heart. But it is the other way about—He is looking for us.  —Simon Tugwell

Can it possibly get any more uncertain than this? We so long for life to be...

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October 16, 2016
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Mary was frantic: “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him” (John 20:2).

She saw a man, assumed he was the gardener, and asked him if he had taken the body. And then Jesus revealed himself to her...

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October 15, 2016
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Life, you'll notice, is a story.

Life doesn't come to us like a math problem. It comes to us the way that a story does, scene by scene. You wake up. What will happen next? You don't get to know—you have to enter in, take the journey as it...

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October 14, 2016
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Each person knows that now his body is the temple of God: "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?" (1 Cor. 6:19). Indeed it is. "Don't you know that you yourselves are...

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October 13, 2016
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The Evil One has basically two ploys. If he cannot get us to kill our hearts and bury our desire, then he is delighted to seduce our desire into a trap. Once we give over our desire for life to any object other than God, we become ensnared. Think...

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October 12, 2016
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Maybe it would be better to turn our search to the headwaters, to that mighty root from which these branches grow. Who is this One we allegedly come from, whose image every man bears? What is he like? In a man's search for his strength, telling...

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October 11, 2016
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At one point in the long, arduous campaign of delivering to Judah the bad news of coming judgment and futile calls for repentance, Jeremiah explodes with thoughts that have apparently been building in him for a while with regard to God's use of...

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October 10, 2016
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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...

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October 09, 2016
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The Lord will march out like a champion, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry 
and will triumph over his enemies. ...
Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, 
I...

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October 08, 2016
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Let me say this again. Let suffering be the door you walk through that draws you to deeper intimacy with Jesus. Let it play its sanctifying role.

Because though God doesn’t cause all the trials in our lives, he does use them. He does work...

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October 07, 2016
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Believing God is good in the midst of waiting is incredibly hard. Believing God is good in the midst of immense sorrow, loss, or pain is even more difficult. Those are the times that our faith, the treasure of our hearts, is tested by fire and...

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October 06, 2016
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O Living Flame of Love...How gently and how lovingly Thou wakest in my bosom, where alone thou secretly dwellest; And in Thy sweet breathing full of grace and glory how tenderly Thou fillest me with Thy love.

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October 05, 2016
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The battle of desire is not something that just takes place within us or even between us. It is also taking place against us, all the time. Our desire is under nearly constant attack. “We come into the world longing,” says Gil Bailie, “...

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October 04, 2016
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The coming of Jesus of Nazareth was like the opening scenes of Saving Private Ryan. A dangerous mission, a great invasion, a daring raid into enemy territory, to save the free world, but also to save one man.

Jesus told a story...

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October 03, 2016
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Wisdom is crucial. But wisdom is not enough. Wisdom is essential...and insufficient.

Saul of Tarsus was headed to Damascus, "breathing out murderous threats against the Lord's disciples," with official documents granting him permission to...

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October 02, 2016
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Stasi Eldredge's book "Free to Be Me" helps teen girls become the young women God created them to be.
 
 
Embracing ourselves has everything to do with embracing the goodness of God’s creative...
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October 01, 2016
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We were meant to remember together, in community. We need to tell our stories to others and to hear their stories told. We need to help each other with the interpretation of the Larger Story and our own. Our regular times of coming together to...

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September 30, 2016
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God wants an intimate relationship with us. He is not a God who is far away; he is the God who has made us his dwelling place. We are the temple of the Lord. When by faith, we confess that Jesus is LORD, he comes and makes his home...
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September 29, 2016
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One of the strangest quirks of life here on this planet is the fact that the one face we hardly ever see is the one closest to us: our own. As we move about in the world every day, our face is always right before us and always just beyond us....

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