January 21, 2018
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I always felt it strange that God needed to command us to love him. (It is the first and greatest of all the commandments.) Now I see better. When God calls us to love him as our “first love,” it is not only because he deserves to hold that...
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January 20, 2018
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First, where does Jesus Christ now reside, in the life of the believer? Inside us; more precisely, in our hearts: “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name...
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January 19, 2018
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God gave Eve a beautiful form and a beautiful spirit. She expresses beauty in both. Better, she expresses beauty simply in who she is. Like God, it is her essence.
 
Stasi and I just spent a weekend...
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January 18, 2018
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Rescuing the human heart is the hardest mission in the world.

The dilemma of the Story is this: we don't know if we want to be rescued. We are so enamored with our small stories and our false gods, we are so bound up in our...

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January 17, 2018
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You must understand an important distinction—there is Christianity, and then there is church culture. They are not the same. Often they are far from the same. The personality conveyed through much of Christian culture is not the personality of...

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January 16, 2018
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Here at the beginning of a new year, what new ways might you pursue God presence? 
 
Most folks tend to keep doing what they've been doing...while hoping for different results. This often happens because we just don'...
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January 14, 2018
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You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you’ll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me! And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren’t...

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January 13, 2018
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Love Jesus. Let him be himself with you. Allow his life to fill yours.
 
Every day, give him your life to be filled with his. This is part of what I now pray,
every morning:
 
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January 12, 2018
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Jesus kept coming back to this central issue, over and over, driving at it in his teachings, his parables, his penetrating questions. If you look again, through the lens that most of us feel fundamentally fatherless, I think you’ll find it...
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January 11, 2018
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The book "Killing Lions" is a conversation between John and Sam Eldredge about the trials young men face.
 
 
[Sam]   What we want right off the bat is a map of some kind, a plan, a...
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January 09, 2018
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When Jesus speaks of the Restoration, he does so in very tangible terms, pointing to the recovery of normal things like houses and lands:
 
“Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the...
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January 08, 2018
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The Sermon on the Mount is a revolution in holiness. Jesus takes all the external issues and makes them first and foremost internal. He begins with a few examples of the most egregious sins: murder and adultery. This is a crowd that congratulates...

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January 07, 2018
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There’s a passage in the book of Hebrews we don’t like very much.
 
“Although he was a son”—it is speaking about Jesus Christ—“he learned obedience from what he suffered” (5:8).
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January 06, 2018
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Any movement toward freedom and life, any movement toward God or others, will be opposed. Marriage, friendship, beauty, rest—the thief wants it all. So, it becomes the devil's business to keep the Christian's spirit imprisoned. He knows...

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January 04, 2018
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Where do we go from here? "This life," wrote Jonathan Edwards, "ought to be spent by us only as a journey towards heaven." That's the only story worth living in now. The road goes out before us and our destination awaits. In the imagery of...

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January 03, 2018
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He made you you—on purpose. You are the only you—ever. Becoming ourselves means we are actively cooperating with God’s intention for our lives, not fighting him or ourselves. God accepts us right at this moment, and he wants us to accept...

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January 02, 2018
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We must forgive those who hurt us. The reason is simple: Bitterness and unforgiveness set their hooks deep in our hearts; they are chains that hold us captive to the wounds and the messages of those wounds. Until you forgive, you remain their...
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January 01, 2018
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The more you give the parts of your life over to Jesus, the more his life is able to invade yours. The relief alone is worth the price.
 
Last night Stasi and I were at a dinner party with friends we love and enjoy....
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December 31, 2017
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You do know what God is after in your own life, don’t you? Maybe that’s why we stay so busy—to avoid knowing, so we can avoid dealing with it.
 
And you do know that the “quick fix” doesn’t ever work. Simply...
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December 30, 2017
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The book “Killing Lions” is a conversation between John and Sam Eldredge about the trials young men face.
 
 
[Sam]  Obviously we’ve been told to chase our dreams. Over and over again...
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