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Our passion and the aim behind everything we do ought to reflect these three priorities: first, the glory of Christ, second, the body of Christ, and third, the work of Christ in the world. Will you stir up your passion for these things? Will you make Jesus’ passion your passion, His aims your aims, and […]

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I can’t tell you how long your “little while” will be – or how short it will be. But I can tell you this. The message of the gospel, the whole of the Bible, and the witness of the Spirit all converge to assure you that whatever it is you’re going through, Jesus will see […]

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Jesus says that, “when the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth.” The Holy Spirit tells us what’s wrong, but He also tells us what’s right. He guides us into “all the truth.” There’s a negative side to His truth telling, and there is a positive side. He unmasks us, […]

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Have you ever seen a pruning knife? It is a mean-looking thing. But in the right hands, it can be used to bring health. The Father’s pruning knife is the Word. With it he takes to the branches and cuts away the dead parts. He shapes the plant by controlling the direction of growth. He […]

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The Bible says, “Perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18). I used to wonder what that meant, but now I think I know. Here is what I think it means: Resolve who or what it is you love, and you will solve what you fear. Affection determines direction. We chase what it is we […]

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You’re out there. Life’s pushing you around. You may even feel like you’re about to get crushed in the squeeze life is putting on you. But Jesus is going to get you through. He’s going to take you to a safe place, and he is going to stay with you. But, in addition to that, […]

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I was reading Psalm 7 this morning, and I found my heart resonating with the opening verses: [1] O LORD my God, in you do I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers and deliver me, [2] lest like a lion they tear my soul apart, rending it in pieces, with none to deliver” (ESV). There […]

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God Is Near Us

January 29, 20152 Comments

I see three mistakes we make when it comes to God. One is that we think God is against us. But the truth is: He is not. In fact, He is moving heaven and earth to bring us to Himself. A second mistake is: We think we have to make things right with God before […]

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God Is Above Us

January 12, 2015No Comments

Exodus 33:17-23 (NRSV)       17 The LORD said to Moses, “I will do the very thing that you have asked; for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.” 18 Moses said, “Show me your glory, I pray.” 19 And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before […]

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