More Love
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More Love

Hi Friends,

Here’s a devotional thought for you today…

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

We’ve been living through a season that has been decidedly deficient in this greatest of all gifts – love.

From the political bomb-lobbing as we march towards the presidential elections, to the terror [...]

God’s Goal for You
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God’s Goal for You

A couple of weeks ago, we talked together about goals. I’ve been reading a passage from Ephesians that has struck me as something I’d like to share with you. The overall passage is Ephesians 1:3-10, but the verse that’s stuck out to me is verse 4, which reads like this in The Message:

Long before God laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his [...]

Simply Receive
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Simply Receive

We live in a culture that honors hard work. In America we’re very much about bootstraps and clocking in and earning what we want and need. And in a lot of ways, this is a good thing. Any culture that is going to be a responsible and structured society is going to need to have people who know how to work to care for themselves and make things happen.

But I wonder, do these values sometimes make it hard for us to simply receive a [...]

Wait
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Wait

In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, [...]

Scars
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Scars

Have you ever thought about the emblem of our faith? It’s a cross, and we see it everywhere symbolizing Christianity. Have you ever wondered if we put too much emphasis on the cross seeing as it is not where our story ends? The cross was just the beginning, but we are resurrection people. Perhaps the question we truly should be pondering is, “Why is the cross still important in the Easter season? Why are we still cross people when we are [...]

Death to Life
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Death to Life

There is a pattern that can be seen all over creation: new life comes from death.

As plants and flowers that have dropped seeds into the ground start to grow and bloom.
A flower bulb will one day be a beautiful rain lily, but it has to go into the ground first.
Banana peels, coffee grounds, and apple cores in your compost pile get worked into your garden soil. After putting seeds into that soil, you can grow food.

New life comes from death. [...]

The Approach
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The Approach

“This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.

Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the [...]

Eyes to See
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Eyes to See

After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” Those [...]

Love on the Line
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Love on the Line

Have you ever read through the story of how Jesus was led to the cross? We naturally read the story of Jesus “the victim” who was nailed to the cross. And, on one level, Jesus was a victim – no one would chosen as their first choice of things to do in life. But, on a much deeper level, He was moving to the cross on purpose. He understood the cross as His primary reason for entering the world in the first place. We read in [...]

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Suffering & Creativity

Boxes

Most of us live in boxes.

Boxes give us the confines that help us understand life. They’re made up of the schedules, relationships, identities and expectations that create a sort of expectable comfort zone within which we live. Boxes give us reference points that help us make sense of things.

But have you ever known someone who lives outside of a box?

These are the trend-setters, the trailblazers, the artists & the creators we love to watch, listen to & follow (I can’t [...]