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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


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


“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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Breaking Through


“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12 A few months ago, I was lamenting a particular aspect of my life that I was viewing as a hindrance, and found […]

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Log in My Eye


“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way that you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in […]

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Seeking Him


“When You said, ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to You, ‘Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.’” Psalms 27:8 I find myself most often seeking His hand – I go to Him in need, asking for the blessing of His provision in one form or another. But I think there is another level of […]

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No Less, No More, None Other


“And your ears will hear a word behind you, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right or to the left.” Isaiah 30:21 I suppose it’s part of our culture, that all of us have incredibly full lives. This time of year is particularly difficult for me as an air […]

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Cultural Blindness


“Culture is seen in what people do unthinkingly, what is “natural” to them and therefore requires no explanation or justification.” Dallas Willard – The Divine Conspiracy I was 3 days into a spiritual retreat a number of weeks ago when I realized that God was not speaking to me as I had hoped that He […]

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Not the Status Quo


“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 Life is often a difficult struggle, but in our resourcefulness we quickly find ways to compensate – to create an equilibrium or status quo where we […]

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He won’t do it without us.

heads of wheat

“God’s sovereignty: without God, we cannot; without man, He will not.” Unknown The Lord will not plant a field of wheat. If the farmer wants a harvest of wheat, he will have to plant the field. Then he must take care of his field: ensure that it has adequate water, fertilizer, and protection from weeds, […]

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