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Month: December 2009

(Re)making Jesus Christ the Center of My Life, part 4/5.

(Re)making Jesus Christ the Center of My Life, part 4/5.

This is the fourth part of a series looking at how to (re)make Jesus Christ the center of our lives. We’ve talked about focusing on God, repenting and confessing our sins. Today we talk about bearing fruit because fruits should naturally follow repentance and confession. As John the Babtist said “Bear fruit worthy of repentance.”(Matt. 3:8). Peter is a great example of a person who repented, confessed his sins and then moved on to produce spiritual fruit in his life….

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(Re)making Jesus Christ the Center of My Life, part 3/5.

(Re)making Jesus Christ the Center of My Life, part 3/5.

Our first step (part 1) towards making Jesus Christ the center of our lives was focusing on God instead of ourselves. The second step (part 2) was repentance. From there we move on to confessing our sins and asking for Christ to cleanse us inside out because If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins…

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(Re)making Jesus Christ the Center of My Life, part 2/5.

(Re)making Jesus Christ the Center of My Life, part 2/5.

At the moment the cock crowed for the second time. The Peter remembered that Jesus had said to him, “Before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept. (Mark 14:72) Once again Peter shows us how to walk in faith. When we have sinned, we need to break down and weep. We need to repent. We need to stop living for ourselves and start living for God. We need to turn around…

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(Re)making Jesus Christ the Center of My Life, part 1/5.

(Re)making Jesus Christ the Center of My Life, part 1/5.

Peter is one of my favorite Bible characters. I idenitify with him because he was passionate and very human. But, most of all, I admire his willingness to grow in grace and let the Holy Spirit transform him to a mature man of God. Let’s see how Peter can help us to take the first steps towards (re)making Jesus Christ the center of our lives.During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake….

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Putting Christmas Into Practice

Putting Christmas Into Practice

The second day of Christmas is a national holiday in Finland and many other European countries. This day is a good day to reflect what Christmas means in our everyday life. It was great to celebrate baby Jesus and welcome him to the world. But what does it mean to us that Jesus was born 2000 years ago? It is time to put Christmas into practice! It is time to put our faith into action! The fact that God chose…

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A Book Review: THE DISCIPLINE OF GRACE: God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness. + STUDY GUIDE by Jerry Bridges.

A Book Review: THE DISCIPLINE OF GRACE: God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness. + STUDY GUIDE by Jerry Bridges.

A Book Review of THE DISCIPLINE OF GRACE: God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness. + STUDY GUIDE by Jerry Bridges. (NavPress, 2006) Jerry Bridges is a best-selling author whose most popular book, The Pursuit of Holiness, has sold over one million copies. The Discipline of Grace is another wonderful book which offers a clear and thorough explanation of what it means to be a believer. I was intrigued by the title and curious how Jerry Bridges…

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Me, Scumbags and God of Second Changes,

Me, Scumbags and God of Second Changes,

Lately God has been nudging me about giving people second changes. In general, I think, we don’t want to give people second changes. We want to cut them out of our radar if they have not been trustworthy. But God is all about second changes, forgiving and loving people time after time. What about us? There is a saying “the first time some one hurts you, it’s their fault; the second time they hurt you the same way, it is…

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Flow, Flow Flowing Faith!

Flow, Flow Flowing Faith!

Have you experienced Flow? I have to confess that when I am writing I can burn all the cooking even if I am just 10 feet away! The writing process is so exhilarating that I can’t help it. My husband knows this and he calls me on my cell to wake me up from Flow when I need to tend to some everyday stuff in the midst of my writing time. According to Wikipedia “Flow is the mental state of…

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Life Without TV?

Life Without TV?

Are you too busy to chase your dreams? Don’t you have enough time to read the Bible or Christian classics? How many hours do you watch TV per day or per week? The average American television viewer is watching more than 150 hours of television per month! That’s like working full time! So many unchased dreams because of TV! We decided to give up TV altogether almost five years ago. This decision advanced our living standard more than any single…

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The Power of Prayer

The Power of Prayer

Have you experienced the power of prayer? Have you earnestly cried out your concerns to God and received peace, healing, grace? Prayer is for sure one of the most amazing gifts God has given us. If you haven’t experienced the power of prayer, don’t waist one more minute! Why? E.M. Bounds guides us “Four things let us keep ever in mind: God hears prayer, God heeds prayer, God answers prayer, and God delivers by prayer.” Watchman Nee has said “Our…

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