Rest Is Holy

Rest Is Holy

July is here and it is time to rest. Sometimes it is hard to let go or we might even feel guilty about vacationing. But guess what? Rest is holy. How do I know this? Actually, rest is the first thing in the Bible that God makes holy. See for yourself! By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and…

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Grace to Free You

Grace to Free You

Summer is here and everyone is supposed to chill out and enjoy life. But maybe you are not feeling it. Maybe something weighs you down. Life is confusing and complicated for sure. But I want to make sure you’re not burdened down with guilt or shame or sin. Because there is grace to free you from it all. Maybe you know this in theory but you haven’t really embraced it. Or maybe you have misunderstood it. The Gospel is not…

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Passionate Pursuit of God

Passionate Pursuit of God

This morning I was reminded of a connection between the Old Testament and New Testament. You see, we are told to seek God as we would for a hidden treasure. This is not just some casual browsing, don’t you agree? This is an intentional and passionate pursuit of God like our life would depend on it. And it does, especially when looking from the eternal perspective, doesn’t it? My son, if you will receive my wordsAnd treasure my commandments within…

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Are You Ready to Die?

Are You Ready to Die?

Lately, I’ve been reminded of how precious life is. People die in accidents, even young athletes suffer cardiac arrests, and so on. We don’t know when will be our time to go. How should we then live? And, even a more important question is: are you ready to die? Lord, what are human beings that you care for them,    mere mortals that you think of them?They are like a breath;    their days are like a fleeting shadow.(Psalm 144:3-4, NIV) When we have answers…

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The Bible Is Alive and It Speaks to Me

The Bible Is Alive and It Speaks to Me

“The Bible is alive, it speaks to me”, Martin Luther said. That’s also my experience and that’s why I am hooked on reading it. Otherwise, I’d be lost. God is amazing, he does not abandon us. He cares for us and wants us to know it. Reading the Bible is a wonderful way to be reminded of these facts. At least I do need to hear it anew every morning. How about you? As soon as I pray, you answer…

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Right Now Is Good

Right Now Is Good

Last week was pretty rainy. One evening of these wet, chilly days I was chatting with a wonderful person. She was marveling at the budding spring nature and my reply was “as soon as this rain is over we can really enjoy it”. It’s already been almost a week since and I am still embarrassed by my comment. I can’t be such a whiner!? We were surrounded by God’s lush greenery yet I was talking about how the sun is…

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God Wants to Bless You

God Wants to Bless You

Do you need a reminder of God’s goodwill toward you (and mankind)? Keep on reading! The Bible is full of good news but today I want to share some verses from the third chapter of the Acts. It proclaims God wants to bless you. And it reminds us of what a gift faith really is. And how faith truly is all about grace. You see, even all the good we ever do is empowered by grace and God’s goodness. Just…

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Even Sanctification Is All About Grace

Even Sanctification Is All About Grace

Do you ever think saints who’ve gone before us were some extraordinary people that you could never be? I have news for you: they were just regular folks like you and me. Really. Their secret was God’s grace and power. When we live in the Holy Spirit, amazing things happen despite us. You see, even sanctification is all about grace. Let’s look at the first Christian martyr Steven as an example: Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and…

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God Wants the Best for You

God Wants the Best for You

Today I want to share some joy and hope with you who feel you’re drowning deeper into despair or you might feel you’ve been forgotten to endlessly wander around in the everyday maze. Know that you’re not alone or the only one who struggles with these things. Easily we think life is easy for everyone else but I’d say, for most of us, life is some sort of struggle. Through them, God is teaching us and while we wait, the…

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Fuel for Spiritual Growth

Fuel for Spiritual Growth

Do you ever doubt God’s existence or his power? I bet you do. It’s part of our faith journey. Just know that you don’t need to hide your doubts from God. Instead, bring them to him. Ask for His help to overcome them. Then your doubts become fuel for spiritual growth instead of dragging your spirit down. “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”…

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