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Month: November 2010

The Chain of Saints – Why Do We Need Each Other?

The Chain of Saints – Why Do We Need Each Other?

“When a Christian shuns fellowship with other Christians, the devil smiles. When he stops studying the Bible, the devil laughs. When he stops praying, the devil shouts for joy”, wrote Corrie Ten Boom. The western world has come too individualistic and that ideology has overtaken some Christians, too. Let’s see what advice the saints in this chain of Christians have for us.  “Satan always hates Christian fellowship; it is his policy to keep Christians apart. Anything which can divide saints…

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Hallelujah!

Hallelujah!

It’s the first Melodic Monday of the advent season. So I wanted to share with you this wonderful version of the Hallelujah chorus of Messiah by George Frideric Händel. What a wonderful way to bless people and get them in the spirit of God’s love and grace. Listen and be blessed yourself! Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah For the lord God omnipotent reigneth Hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah hallelujah For the lord God omnipotent reigneth Hallelujah hallelujah…

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Making Way for Thanksgiving: Repenting Causes of Ingratitude

Making Way for Thanksgiving: Repenting Causes of Ingratitude

These tough economic times are ample playground for coveting. It is easy to see what we would like to have instead of looking at (and being grateful of) what we have. Yet many people seriously think that they are sinless and hence not in need of God. No coveting your neighbor’s wife. And no lusting for his house, field, servant, maid, ox, or donkey either—nothing that belongs to your neighbor! (Deut.5:21, MSG) The funny paradox is that often by coveting…

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Shine (Love Is an Action)

Shine (Love Is an Action)

It’s Melodic Monday! The song of this week is Shine (Love is an action) by Luminate. What a wonderful call for action! Shine where you are! Share God’s love wherever you go!  I want to strike a matchLet it burn ‘til the world’s on fireI want to see a chain reactionAnd see the flames burn higherI want to see Your Word aliveI want to see the orphans laughingWant to see the sinners crySurrounded by the hands of mercyThe hands of…

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What Is Your Act of Faith Today?

What Is Your Act of Faith Today?

Faith is not a sentiment. It is a call for action. Too often we let the life happen and we wander without thinking, even without praying. But then we are in danger to get where the flow takes us and not where we want to go. We need to put our faith in action. We need to start our days by praying for guidance, for wisdom, for direction. Tommy Barnett states “I’ve discovered it is not sufficient simply to try…

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Practicing Gratitude

Practicing Gratitude

Gratitude follows grace like thunder lightning, writes Karl Barth. I think so, too. There is nothing bigger or better in life than receiving grace through faith in Jesus Christ! G.K. Charleston has said “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”  If we take time to wonder God’s mysteries in our lives we start to see God’s handiwork all around us. We need to cultivate wonder because wonder leads…

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Gratitude

Gratitude

It’s Melodic Monday! Here’s a song to encourage all the pilgrims especially on the spiritual dry spells of their journey: Gratitude by Nichole Nordeman. Our feelings come and go but God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow! God is good – all the time! Let’s praise the Lord! Send some rain, would You send some rain?‘Cause the earth is dry and needs to drink againAnd the sun is high and we are sinking in the shadeWould You send a…

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Experience-Rich but Reflection-Poor?

Experience-Rich but Reflection-Poor?

I heard the expression “experience-rich but reflection-poor” used about this generation at the conference I attended this week. Are you one of these people? Have you experienced all the thrills, bells, and whistles this time can offer and been left empty, used, and shallow? You are not alone. We are so easily distracted by everything that is going on. But there really is such a thing that too much of good things. It does not pay off to do everything,…

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Who’s Image Is in Your Mind?

Who’s Image Is in Your Mind?

Some of you know that there is no TV in our household. This is our sixth year without one and we don’t even remember to miss one anymore. It’s just not part of our lives. I’m right now at a conference in Denver and there is, of course, a TV in my hotel room. I turned it on the first morning I was hear to catch up with some news. I couldn’t believe my senses! All those loud, noisy and…

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Light Up the Sky

Light Up the Sky

It’s Melodic Monday and the song I chose for today is Light Up the Sky by the Afters. I felt that this would be a great way to start our work week to be reminded of God’s loving presence in our lives. The Afters tell about the song on their web site this way: “Light Up The Sky is a song about Gods faithfulness. He is with us not only during the good times, but also when we’re walking through…

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