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November 24, 2020
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Blessed Beyond Belief

You’re blessed beyond belief—literally!   I’m delighted to spend these days not just offering a […]
November 23, 2020
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Let Down Your Hair

When we are most grateful, we are most happy.   As we look forward to […]
November 20, 2020

Complete Joy Blessing

Jesus wants you full of joy.   In the English Standard Version of the Bible, […]
November 19, 2020
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Joy in the Morning Blessing

Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.   In our […]
November 18, 2020

A Joyful Heart is Good Medicine

A joyful heart is always good medicine.   We aren’t transformed by our commitments to […]
November 17, 2020
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The Rejoicing Always Blessing

There is no rule against rejoicing—no matter what!   As we look forward to the […]
November 16, 2020
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The Joy of the Lord Blessing

The joy of the Lord makes you strong.   In glad anticipation of the February […]
November 13, 2020
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Oil of Gladness Blessing

God is ready to clothe you with joyful praise.   Today’s blessing is rooted in […]
November 12, 2020
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Celebration Blessing

Because God celebrates, so can you.   Today’s blessing is grounded in the refrain of […]
November 11, 2020
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The Blessing for Going Out in Joy

God has made you for joy—it’s your design.   In the aftermath of a contentious […]
November 10, 2020
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The Red Sea Blessing

God still parts Red Seas.   As we look forward to the release of my […]
November 9, 2020
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The Savor Blessing

God’s blessing isn’t far away—it is here, now.   In joyful anticipation of the February, […]
November 6, 2020
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Guard Your Heart with Peace

God’s peace can protect your heart from the enemy’s onslaught.   I’m overjoyed with anticipation […]
November 5, 2020
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A Blessing for Jesus’ Peace

Jesus blessed his disciples to receive His own peace. As we look forward to the […]
November 4, 2020
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The Blessing of the Still Soul

Amidst the troubles of pandemic and the turmoil of politics, you can be still and […]
November 3, 2020
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Political Animosity

You can love and bless a person with whom you totally disagree. We all are […]
November 2, 2020

Elections of the Heart

Though tomorrow’s election is important, it is not ultimate. You can pray, vote, and share […]
October 30, 2020
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Generational Blessing

While there may be some sinful patterns passed down from your forebears, there is something […]
October 29, 2020
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Destroy the Idols

When you lose what you always thought you needed in order to be fulfilled, you […]
October 28, 2020
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Choose Your God

When you fall or fail and are still loved, shame lifts! Jeremiah prophesied: “Every man […]
October 27, 2020
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Something New

The New Covenant isn’t a modified Old Covenant. It’s altogether new. Thankfully, I was taught […]
October 26, 2020
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What’s New?

Christ didn’t come to give us a modified Old Covenant – He ushered in a […]
October 23, 2020
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The Shame of Religion 2

There’s a cure for the “hardening of the oughteries” – the grace of God. To […]
October 22, 2020
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The Shame of Religion

The Gospel isn’t about what you “ought to” do. It’s about what Jesus has already […]
October 21, 2020
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God’s Agent of Change

You can’t control people and you can’t make them change, but you can be used […]
October 20, 2020
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Wanting Someone to Change

It’s not wrong to want someone to change. If you love someone, you want him/her […]
October 19, 2020
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The Agony of Victory 2

God isn’t finished with you yet! After Elijah’s remarkable defeat of 450 prophets of Baal […]
October 16, 2020

The Agony of Victory

God has a journey for you still to take. Even if you’ve reached a great […]
October 15, 2020
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Scapegoat!

Jesus isn’t only the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world; He’s also […]
October 14, 2020
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Orphans and Heirs

In Christ, you’re no orphan. You’re an heir! Years ago, parishioners Ernie and Ginnie developed […]
October 13, 2020

Sweet Conviction

True, godly conviction is a sweet gift of liberty guiding you back to the Father. […]
October 12, 2020
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Shame vs. Conviction

When God corrects you, He doesn’t shame you; He draws you to His heart. Jesus’ […]
October 9, 2020
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Your Shame is Safe with God

God doesn’t expose your shame—He covers it. My spiritual father, Dudley Hall, in his shame-busting […]
October 8, 2020
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The Sting of the Hidden Hornet

You don’t have to let shame keep stinging you! I was young, serving my first […]
October 7, 2020
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A Rose for a Rose [Part 2]

If you have experienced dishonor and shame, you can forgive and you can be healed. […]
October 6, 2020
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A Rose for a Rose [Part 1]

Your wounds can be healed! Sometimes, when your offender hasn’t apologized, it’s healing to receive […]
October 5, 2020
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Breaking the Cycle

The cycle of shame is always, and only, broken by the Word of grace. In […]
October 2, 2020
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Where Are Your Accusers?

When you hear Jesus speak, shame falls to the ground. In John 8, we read […]
October 1, 2020
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Uproot Shame

Are you ready for some good news? Christ came to bear your shame – so […]
September 30, 2020

Shame Off You!

Though the whole world might be quick to say, “Shame on you,” and “You ought […]
September 29, 2020
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Is Praying a Chore?

If you want your prayer life to be a joy rather than a chore, all […]
September 28, 2020
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The Power of Love in Prayer

The love of God is the power of God. So, when you have God’s love, […]
September 25, 2020
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Sweet and Noble Desires

God wants to grant you the desires of your heart. All you have to do […]
September 24, 2020
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The Desires of the Heart

By God’s grace, your desires can become what God already desires! We’re learning that there […]
September 23, 2020
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Jesus is Your Prayer Partner

If Christ intercedes for you and He lives in you, then you have an ongoing […]
September 22, 2020
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A Remarkable Invitation

You can have the greatest prayer partner imaginable – Christ Himself!   As we continue […]
September 21, 2020
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Just Listen

When we listen to God, we know what He wants and, when we know what […]
September 18, 2020
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Hearing and Praying

Prayer isn’t just about you talking to God – it’s about God talking to you! […]
September 17, 2020
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But, You Promised…

Your prayer life can flourish with power simply by learning to pray God’s promises.   […]
September 16, 2020
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Just Say the Word

Every time you pray God’s Word, you’re praying in the Spirit. If you want to […]
September 15, 2020
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Your Spirit Wants to Pray

Praying in the power of the Spirit isn’t a privilege for a few, extra-mature Christians; […]
September 14, 2020
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5 Ways to Pray in the Spirit

The power of your prayer life isn’t rooted in your eloquence or even your determination; […]
September 11, 2020
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Wake Up!

We needn’t succumb to spiritual malaise amidst global pandemic. God is here to wake us […]
September 10, 2020
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The Peace of the War 2

Peace isn’t the absence of battles—it is the presence of well-being in the midst of […]
September 9, 2020
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The Peace of the War

Peace is more than the absence of conflict—it is the presence of well-being in the […]
September 8, 2020
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Persecutor to Preacher 2

God’s glorious purposes were established before you were born! No matter what you face today, […]
September 7, 2020
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Persecutor Turned Preacher

If a revelation of Jesus Christ was powerful enough to transform the leading persecutor of […]
September 4, 2020
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The Emptiness of Success

When you feel like your best is not enough, Jesus’ best is more than enough. […]
September 3, 2020
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The Folly of Competing with Your Father

You have nothing to prove to your Heavenly Father! He loves you utterly already. Amidst […]
September 2, 2020
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Real Zeal

Though the stress and isolation of pandemic can bring spiritual malaise, there is authentic energy […]
September 1, 2020
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Religion & Rebellion

God doesn’t invite you into religion—He invites you into relationship. Amidst the wearisome pandemic, we’ve […]
August 31, 2020
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Looking for Life

God created life in the beginning, and He offers rejuvenated life every day. An older […]
August 28, 2020
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Finding Energy for Life

Though rebellion and religion deaden us, relationship with God energizes us. It seems we all […]
August 27, 2020
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Just Plain Tired

The Gospel cures the biggest energy drains of life.   During pandemic, we’ve shifted our […]
August 26, 2020
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The Roaring Around You

Like Daniel who emerged triumphant from the lions’ den by God’s grace, you’re certain to […]
August 25, 2020
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Surrounded by Lions

As God shut the mouths of the lions in the den with Daniel, He silences […]
August 24, 2020
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The Writing On the Wall

You’re holy unto the Lord. Nothing can change your sacred status in Christ. You’re His. […]
August 21, 2020
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You’re God’s Holy Vessel

As our study of Daniel reaches Chapter 5, we come upon a gruesome scene. In […]
August 20, 2020
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Smoking or Non Smoking? [Part 2]

Christ’s shed blood is a double cure—first for your sin and then for your shame. […]
August 19, 2020
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Smoking or Non Smoking?

When the Babylonian tyrant threw Daniel’s friends into the fiery furnace, they not only emerged […]
August 18, 2020
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Persecution May Arise

Are you ready for some good news?   When the Babylonian king turned the heat […]
August 17, 2020
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Backfire!

God has a way of making the enemy’s evil tactics backfire against him!   The […]
August 14, 2020
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The Invisible Kingdom

If you ever feel like a foreigner in your own culture, be not dismayed. You’re […]
August 13, 2020
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The Kingdom

If you ever feel like a foreigner in your own culture, be not dismayed. You’re […]
August 12, 2020
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The Revealer of Mysteries

Because of the Gospel, wisdom and power are inseparably linked in every Christian’s life. In […]
August 11, 2020
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Wisdom is Power

Because of the Gospel, wisdom and power are linked in every Christian’s life. We need […]
August 10, 2020
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A New Name

No one has authority to name you – but God. When Daniel was exiled to […]
August 7, 2020
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What’s Your Name?

No one has authority to name you – but God. When Daniel was exiled to […]
August 6, 2020
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False Labels On Your Life

Others can’t label you – only God can! Daniel was exiled to Babylon. As part […]
August 5, 2020
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Christ and Culture

We might be aliens in this world—but we’re blessed aliens.   In these uncertain times, […]
August 4, 2020
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An Alien In Your World

If you ever feel like the culture has changed so much that you’re like an […]
August 3, 2020
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Christ, Our Exile

The world has changed so much that it might seem sometimes like you are a […]
July 31, 2020
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Mary Magdalene

Jesus is the spiritual gardener of your life.   We conclude a month of inspiration […]
July 30, 2020
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The Women at the Cross 2

Jesus has suffered what you suffer. Jesus understands.   As we near the end of […]
July 29, 2020
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The Women at the Cross

The cross, in all its gruesome reality, is evidence of your worth to God.   […]
July 28, 2020
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When Life is Falling Apart…

You have the sign of crimson over your life in Christ and, thus, God is […]
July 27, 2020
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Rahab

God keeps His covenant promises. No matter what. Joshua’s conquest of Jericho is shocking in […]
July 24, 2020
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It’s Really Simple

Are you ready for some good news? The Gospel is simple. It’s endlessly deep. But […]
July 23, 2020
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Naaman’s Servant Girl

God’s saving, healing power is free – totally, completely free. As we continue to find […]
July 22, 2020
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It’s Wake Up Time!

Up! The Lord gives you grace to wake up … to rise up … to […]
July 21, 2020
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Knowing God’s Mind

The Word of God goes with you wherever you go. If you find your mind […]
July 20, 2020
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The Shunammite Woman

Are you ready for some good news? You don’t have to run from your deepest […]
July 17, 2020
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Don’t Lie to Me!

The Gospel that seems too good to be true is true! An affluent woman of […]
July 16, 2020
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How to Change

We’re never transformed by conquering our fleshly appetites with self-will; we’re transformed when our attention […]
July 15, 2020
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God Help the Fools!

God came in Jesus Christ to save fools who didn’t grasp their own folly! Today’s […]
July 14, 2020
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Puah and Shiprah 2

The ancient serpent, called the Accuser, sought to destroy the “seed of the woman,” but […]
July 13, 2020
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Puah and Shiprah

You can always say no to the devil. Today’s Text: “Then the king of Egypt […]
July 10, 2020
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Laboring for love

You don’t need to labor for love. God’s love is free. Utterly. Completely. Free. Today’s […]
July 9, 2020
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Hope for the “unloved”

There is a revelation of love in Christ that overwhelms any lack of love in […]
July 8, 2020
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Heir

Though once you were a spiritual orphan, in Christ you are a spiritual heir. And […]
July 7, 2020
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Daughters of Zelophehad

When you accept Christ, you become the beneficiary of more than forgiveness for your sins; […]
July 6, 2020
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Oh, the irony

No sin of the past can keep you from God’s love! Authors often use the […]
July 3, 2020
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Free Indeed

Are you ready for some good news?   If Jesus sets you free, you are […]
July 2, 2020
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A Yes God

God is a “Yes” God, not a “No” God.   Contrary to the stereotypes of […]
July 1, 2020
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Freedom Through Submission

God wants you to have a kind of freedom that is much deeper than the […]
June 30, 2020
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Empowered Living

Your deepest, truest identity is not rooted in what you do or how you love […]
June 29, 2020
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Beloved

You are the “beloved.”   Today’s Text: “Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long […]
June 26, 2020
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Serenity

There is a deep serenity that the heart can experience in ways that the mind […]
June 25, 2020
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Eliminate worry!

Gratitude leads to peace. Paul put it plainly, “…do not be anxious about anything, but […]
June 24, 2020
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The top 10%

The Gospel gives you power to persevere.   It’s what Paul spoke about in Philippians […]
June 23, 2020
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Energizing Your Destiny

The Gospel doesn’t make you lazy – it energizes you toward a destiny.   Paul, […]
June 22, 2020
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Contaminating the Gospel

The abundant life of the Christian in no way depends upon the believer’s own righteousness […]
June 19, 2020
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Spirit vs. flesh

Righteousness comes from Jesus plus nothing. In fact, the less you try to add your […]
June 18, 2020
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The joy of service

Problems – you aren’t called to promote them; it doesn’t help to pretend they aren’t […]
June 17, 2020
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Freedom of serving

You can’t prevent all the problems of life, but you can praise God in the […]
June 16, 2020
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Energize the soul!

You are called to work out your salvation but not to work at it or […]
June 15, 2020
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Work out your salvation

You never need to work for your salvation, but you can work out your salvation. […]
June 12, 2020
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Can humility and confidence coexist?

Humility isn’t seeing yourself as less; it’s seeing God as more.   Today’s Text: “Do […]
June 11, 2020
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Humility vs. low self-esteem

Christian humility isn’t self-disparagement; it is self-forgetfulness.   In the opening verses of the second […]
June 10, 2020
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Humility vs. Worm Theology

Christian humility isn’t self-disparagement; it is self-forgetfulness.   In the opening verses of the second […]
June 9, 2020
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Overcoming fear

If Paul’s imprisonment could serve a beautiful purpose, so can the adversity of a global […]
June 8, 2020
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The Depth of His Love

God’s love for you isn’t merely intellectual. God loves you with deep affection.   See […]
June 5, 2020
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God’s Affection

God doesn’t just love you theoretically; He loves you personally. Christ has affection for you. […]
June 4, 2020
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Those who help themselves

There is a good work that is going on in you and God is the […]
June 3, 2020
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God isn’t finished with you

God has done a marvelous thing in you, but He isn’t finished yet.   Paul’s […]
June 2, 2020
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Life’s not fair

Are you ready for some good news?   Though the pandemic has unsettled all our […]
June 1, 2020
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Misery is optional

In the words of author Barbara Johnson, “pain is inevitable; misery is optional.”   I […]
May 29, 2020
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How faith works

Are you ready for some good news?   Faith isn’t trying to drum up mental […]
May 28, 2020
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Eye contact is mysterious

Are you ready for some good news?   God wants to use your eyes to […]
May 27, 2020
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Divine double take

Are you ready for some good news?   With the eyes of Jesus, you can […]
May 26, 2020
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Overtime!

Are you ready for some good news?   If you suddenly find yourself in a […]
May 25, 2020
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Remembering

Are you ready for some good news?   When you rehearse God’s presence in the […]
May 22, 2020
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You’re a Kintsugi Vessel!

Are you ready for some good news? Since the 15th century, the Japanese have made […]
May 21, 2020
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What good is it?

Are you ready for some good news?   God never lets the rubble of your […]
May 20, 2020
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Out of the rubble of Covid-19

Are you ready for some good news? As ancient cities were rebuilt on the mound […]
May 19, 2020

God longs to restore you

God is a Father who longs to restore what has been broken, lost or destroyed. […]
May 18, 2020

Burned by legalism

When Jesus gives you an assignment, it isn’t law, it’s grace.   After a night […]
May 15, 2020

The blessing of Jesus’ commands

Jesus’ commands aren’t burdens—they’re blessings.   My spiritual father, Dudley Hall, taught me years ago […]
May 14, 2020

Tired and empty?

When we feel tired and empty, Jesus gives us new vision.   Luke’s marvelous story […]
May 13, 2020

Coming up empty

If you’re empty, Jesus is near.   Luke’s well-known narrative of the miraculous catch of […]
May 12, 2020

Through Jesus’ eyes

Jesus knows where the fish are!   I never was much of a fisherman.   […]
May 11, 2020

Overcoming the storm of guilt

Jesus came to face the most insurmountable storm of all—human guilt.   Matthew, Mark and […]
May 8, 2020

Life’s storms are temporary

Storms are temporary because God’s power is permanent.   When you shouldn’t be afraid of […]
May 7, 2020

Why are you afraid?

Maybe Jesus asked this question because He was genuinely curious.   When you have little […]
May 6, 2020
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A very strange question

Here’s one of the strangest questions Jesus ever asked.   When Jesus asks, “Why are […]
April 30, 2020

There are no ordinary people!

When you see others through the eyes of Christ, you’ll discover them to be “everlasting […]
November 13, 2020
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Oil of Gladness Blessing

God is ready to clothe you with joyful praise.   Today’s blessing is rooted in […]