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The Great Exchange

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“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Jim Elliot A friend was talking about the decline of his parents, whom I had worked for a number of years prior. His mother’s mind was nearly gone – lost to dementia, and his father’s health was failing as […]

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Blessed by Trials

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“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4 How in the world could anyone “consider it all joy” to go through trials? Are we […]

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Not Being or Doing Enough?

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“I awake …to the wrestle to get it done, the relentless anxiety that I am failing. …I live tired. Afraid. Anxious. Weary. Years I feel it in the veins, the pulsing of ruptured hopes.   Would I ever be enough, find enough, do enough?” One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp, pg 17) For me, Ann (in […]

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Walking by Faith

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“But My righteous one shall live by faith; And if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” Hebrews 10:38 Everyone wants to know that their life matters – to certain people we love and respect, to the world as a whole, and ultimately to God. We may think that a life of […]

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The Purpose of Life

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“The glory of God is man fully alive. “ Saint Irenaeus Lately I have been pondering the significance of death. Or more positively, the significance of life. What I have grown up with in my Christian heritage is the mindset that eternity – life after death – is all that really matters. That each person […]

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Transformation

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“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. ” Galations 5:22-23 If these qualities characterized every person, the world would be a much better place, would it not? This was God’s original intent for mankind. The indwelling of the Holy […]

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Truth

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“you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32 What is ultimate truth, and how do we know it? This is a question that deserves our full attention. Relevant because you and I are (willing or not) participants in a cosmic clash between truth and lies. The mind of man […]

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Change

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“We are in love with the idea of change but not the practice of it.” Graham Cooke This world is not a perfect place, and we as individuals are far from perfect. So there is room, indeed great need for change. To be alive requires movement and growth, and we cannot grow if we will […]

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No to Negativity

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Jesus said: “He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.” To receive another person is to honor him. To fail to do so is to hold him […]

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God at War

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“The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” Zephaniah 3:17 How is it that God is a warrior? Who is He at war against? Yes, Satan. But is Satan’s […]

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