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Month: July 2011

Energy Drink for Weary Pilgrims

Energy Drink for Weary Pilgrims

Are you tired, weary, exhausted? Are you asking what’s the point of all this? Are you feeling just terrible? The psalmist is right with you. Here’s a scripture prayer – a mighty energy drink – for all the weary pilgrims:    I’m feeling terrible—I couldn’t feel worse!       Get me on my feet again. You promised, remember?    When I told my story, you responded;       train me well in your deep wisdom.    Help me understand these things inside and out       so I…

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How to Be Filled with Joy

How to Be Filled with Joy

  If we want to be filled with joy, we need to be filled with God. The world offers passing entertainment but God offers real, lasting and exuberant joy. The joy God gives is not artificial or forced but delightful and true.  It’s a gift from God. Light-seeds are planted in the souls of God’s people,    Joy-seeds are planted in good heart-soil. So, God’s people, shout praise to God,    Give thanks to our Holy God! (Psalm 97: 11-12, MSG) Evelyn…

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Blessings Happen By Grace – Not By Accident

Blessings Happen By Grace – Not By Accident

One of the many temptations in life is to forget where our blessings come from. We explain the blessings away thinking things happened by accident or it was serendibity. Or we take the credit for ourselves. But the middle verses of the Bible emphasize the importance of counting our blessings and remembering them. And giving credit where credit is due. O my soul, bless God. From head to toe, I’ll bless his holy name!    O my soul, bless God,       don’t…

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Practicing Surrender in Slippers

Practicing Surrender in Slippers

The secret of starting your day right is not about getting the right hot drink just as you prefer it. The secret of starting your day right is in practicing surrender in slippers. What? The most important act in the morning is to surrender your whole life to God. If we try to carry all the burdens on our own shoulders, the day will not get the right start and will not get any better either. But if we lay…

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The Transformative Power of Prayer

The Transformative Power of Prayer

Have you experienced the transformative power of prayer? The book of Psalms is full of examples of transformation that happens while praying. How David started prayers full of self-pity or anger and ended up transformed during his prayer. Just compare the first and the last 10 verses of the Psalm 77 (MSG)! 1 I cried out to God for help;    I cried out to God to hear me. 2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;    at night…

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Pick up Your Cross Daily!

Pick up Your Cross Daily!

Picking up your cross is not popular. This world talks about everything but the cross of Christ. Even Christians would like to take the good and easy parts of the gospel and leave the tough ones out. We all would just like to hear about God’s love and leave the carrying your cross part for others. Francois Fenelon asks us a hard question: “He asks nothing but death, and you desire nothing but life. How can you put up to…

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Love Is Inseparable from God!

Love Is Inseparable from God!

Many of life problems are based on the forced separation of God and love. But love is inseparable from God. There is no true love without God. Love means following his commandments, and his unifying commandment is that you conduct your lives in love. This is the first thing you heard, and nothing has changed. (2 John 6, MSG) We are called to live in love. But we are unable to do it without God and his grace. Jerry Bridges…

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Bringing Out the God-Colors in the World

Bringing Out the God-Colors in the World

You all know how much I love the Word of God. I just love being surprised over and over again. I adore how something just jumps out to me. No other book compares to the Bible. It is the living and active word of God here and now. No matter how many times you have read the Bible it always stirs new things. This morning I was caught up with this particular passage in Matthew 5: “Here’s another way to…

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At Home in God’s Love!

At Home in God’s Love!

This image of making ourselves at home in God’s love just captured my heart today. Just think about it! God’s love is perfect. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes. God’s love never fails. And we are invited to make ourselves at home in God’s love! There’s nothing better on this earth that being at home in God’s love. “I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my…

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Is Your Faith an Accessory or a Foundation?

Is Your Faith an Accessory or a Foundation?

Is your faith an accessory or an addition to your life? Or is it the foundation of your life? Too often we push God and his will in the corner. Faith is nice and God makes us feel good but we leave it there. We go on with out lives without God and radical faith. “These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words…

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