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Keep Up

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“You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way . . .” (1 Peter 3:7 NASB) I often joke that it’s easy to see that Peter was married and Paul was not. In his instructions to husbands, Paul spent a great deal of time talking about sacrificially loving our wives […]

Masks

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“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT) Halloween. It’s the time of the year that stores and homes get paper ghosts and skeletons out of their closets and hang them up as decorations. Children dress […]

Secure

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“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7 NIV) I was plagued by night terrors when I was very young. I had a vivid imagination and dreamed in living color. My dreams were like watching a 3D movie with surround sound in an IMAX theatre on the […]

Improvise

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“Enjoy life with the wife you love all the days of your fleeting life . . .” (Ecclesiastes 9:9a HCSB) I had the perfect date planned for my young bride. We had only been married a few months and didn’t have a lot of money, but I wanted to give her the best experience and […]

An Act of Worship

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God, assuming we believe in a divine being, existed before the beginning of time. And Christians believe the God who revealed Himself in the Bible never had a beginning, a thought beyond our ability to comprehend. But it is not beyond our ability to comprehend that He chose to create time (along with everything else) […]

Freed

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“Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do.” (Romans 8:12 NLT) The old sinful nature is a slave driver, a drill sergeant. It demands obedience. It uses the desires and longings of the body and soul to shout at us. It drives us with […]

Inconsolable Longing

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Is anything more disruptively unsettling or existentially challenging than having to deeply feel a desire that will never be fully satisfied in this life? It seems reasonable to assume that a good God who loves the human creatures He created would never build into them a longing that could not be satisfied, a thirst that […]

Abundant

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“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. (John 10:10b NASB) Jesus intends that the life experience of those who follow Him should be rich and rewarding, exciting, and full of joy, meaning, and purpose . . . in a word, abundant. Jesus revealed the secret to experiencing abundant life in a […]

When God is Good

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God tells us His thoughts and ways are above us, so far above both our thoughts of how life should work and our ways of responding to life’s challenges that how He operates is “far beyond anything you could imagine” (Isaiah 55: 8 NLT). And yet our ubiquitous attitude of entitlement is inclined to reduce […]