December 09, 2018
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Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
2 Corinthians 5:17 nlt

We haven’t yet seen anyone in their true glory. Including you. Yes, Mozart wrote symphonies as a child...

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December 08, 2018
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Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ.
Ephesians 2:4–5

It’s important to grasp what’s taking place in the world, so you know how to live and how to respond. Hatred has become...

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December 07, 2018
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Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for true and just are his judgments.
Revelation 19:1–2

Evil judged and utterly destroyed. Forever and ever. Not just in the fairy tale, but in your story. Satan,...

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December 06, 2018
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“All mankind will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, your Redeemer.”
Isaiah 49:26

Once upon a time the earth was whole and beautiful, shimmering like an emerald, filled with glory, bursting with anticipation. Such...

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December 05, 2018
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Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of...

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December 04, 2018
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Just as we are now like the earthly man, we will someday be like the heavenly man.
1 Corinthians 15:49 nlt

You’ll be made perfect. Finally, the totality of your being will be saturated only with goodness. Think of all that...

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December 03, 2018
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Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered—to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.
Revelation 5:12 nlt

Pilate dares to ask Jesus, “What is truth?” Jesus doesn’t even bother answering...

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December 02, 2018
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“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.
Mark 10:51

Recovering your true heart’s desire may involve facing some deep disappointment. Undoubtedly, it will require painful self-examination. But you do not need to...

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December 01, 2018
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“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” 
Matthew 6:10

You have been looking for the kingdom all your life. When you were a child, you searched for it in ponds and cornfields, attics and bedroom...

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November 30, 2018
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“My grace is sufficient for you.”
2 Corinthians 12:9 nasb

There is only the kingdom, friend. Everything else will slip through your fingers, no matter how strong your grasp. Why do you fight this hope? You nod in...

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November 29, 2018
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The history of a man's relationship with God is the story of how God calls him out, takes him on a journey, and gives him his true name. Most of us have thought it was the story of how God sits on his throne waiting to whack a man broadside when...

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November 28, 2018
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And then the long story of God's pursuit of humanity begins. Satan wanted center stage: He wanted to be the main character, he wanted to be the point. His plan now is to ruin the Sacred Romance, to get us all caught up in our own little...

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November 27, 2018
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What Jesus primarily models for us is how to draw our life from the Father. This passage from Philippians—one of the earliest hymns of the faith—says that Jesus more than humbled himself when he came to earth. He emptied himself:

Who,...

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November 26, 2018
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We usually think of the middle years of the Christian life as a time of acquiring better habits and their accompanying virtues. But inviting Jesus into the "aching abyss" of our heart perhaps has more to do with holding our heart hopefully in...

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November 25, 2018
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The purposes of Jesus Christ are not finished when one of his precious ones is forgiven. Not at all. Would a good father feel satisfied when his daughter is rescued from a car accident, but left in ICU? Doesn’t he want her to be healed as well...
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November 24, 2018
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An old saint who first taught me to pray—may he be blessed forever—would often say, “When you think you are finished praying, you are probably just getting warmed up.”
 
Often when we first turn to prayer we are coming in...
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November 23, 2018
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I thought of Jesus’ warning about the end of the age, how as times grow dark and people feel more keenly pressed, love will grow rare. “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom…Because of the increase of wickedness, the love...
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November 22, 2018
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Here’s what I am learning: A grateful heart is a heart that is free. An ungrateful heart is a heart that is bound. Gratitude inevitably leads to freedom. 

The root of the word gratitude is the Latin word gratis, which means free. If...

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November 21, 2018
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Is there any doubt that the God John beheld (Rev. 4:3, 6) was beautiful beyond description? But of course. God must be even more glorious than this glorious creation, for it "foretells" or "displays" the glory that...

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November 20, 2018
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Every woman can tell you about her wound; some came with violence, others came with neglect. Just as every little boy is asking one question, every little girl is, as well. But her question isn’t so much about her strength. No, the deep cry of a...

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