Perfect Score

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Are we keeping score of how well we are doing?  Do we strive to keep ourselves on task whether it is managing a business, our family’s lives, or our own?  Do we want to motivate, influence, and be people others want to follow?  When it comes to evaluating our success do we often fall into the trap of thinking that … Read More

Pruning

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If we are honest there are times when we view God as our cosmic provider.  We think if we pray and have faith in a certain way then He will give us what we want.  We all know that is a drastically wrong view of God.  His purpose is not to give us everything we want but to give us … Read More

God’s Training Plan

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High accountability is required when we speak God’s Word to another.  We must be cautious to make sure we are not taking the Lord’s name in vain (Exodus 20:7).  Which means when we speak in His name, when He has not spoken, beware then will discipline follow.  This is a discipline that comes to remove from our hearts any pollution … Read More

Gospel Amnesia

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We can find ourselves start to sink into dark feelings of depression and despair when distressing life circumstances confront us.  In the stresses we can forget the many ways that God has been with us and guided us.  This condition could be named getting gospel amnesia. Gospel amnesia is forgetting that God’s truth stands the test of time in all … Read More

I Don’t Like Change

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Some days the world seems to want to squeeze us all into the same mold.  Do we find ourselves eager to be like everyone else and use the right toothpaste, wear the right clothes, drive the right cars, have the same perspectives on success, and the same desires?  Do we fear to be different?  Are we so afraid of rejection … Read More

Move Toward Serenity

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Our culture is all about competing, performing, and winning.  We can think our value and significance depends on our performance.  We can believe that we are only loved by what we do.  God says our value was bestowed on us prior to our ability to perform.  We can lose sight of the fact that we are not the sole creators … Read More

How to be Content

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We wrestle in our souls to be content.  Our minds race out of control.  The anxiety of the task list alone, can control and steal our sense of peace.  It can seem as if we are running in fear and, in reality, no one is chasing.  We long for a deeper communion with God, to hear His voice more clearly, … Read More

Why Am I Here?

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The questions we can hear often and maybe ask ourselves are, “Why am I here?” What is my purpose?  What is life all about anyway?”  Our answers define how we do life.  We will feel the pressure to conform to the world that presents to us all kinds of models that can attract the attention of our hearts. Jesus maps … Read More

Foundation of Intimacy

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We long for intimacy with God.  We attempt to follow all of the spiritual disciplines and serve God.  We read and study our Bibles thinking this will deepen our relationship with God.  We worship and witness knowing these things are important.  We do all these things and wonder why these things are not deepening our intimacy with God. Isaiah 66:2 … Read More

Untouchable

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When we receive a safe loving touch from someone it can cause us to feel accepted, cared for, and good.  The enjoyment of safe caring touch is a signal of a greater and more beautiful spiritual reality. Jesus sought out the outcasts, the really bad people who were known for their blatant sinfulness.  He was their friend, would engage with … Read More