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Month: January 2013

Does God Matter?

Does God Matter?

Have you let the pursuit of leisure, success or security turn you away from God? Do you feel that the world persuades you to lower you standards? Are you failing to live as though God mattered? These are questions that were piercing my heart this morning. And I let the Holy Spirit do its work in me throughout the day. Everything that keeps God’s will from happening in my life needs to go. For you say, ‘I am rich, I…

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Why Do We Get Only Daily Grace?

Why Do We Get Only Daily Grace?

Do you remember the  story of  vineyard workers(Matthew 20:1-16) who got paid the same no matter what time they started their labor? The workers who had labored the whole day and got the same pay as the ones who started late in the afternoon complained. I used to see this unfair, too. Why on earth would the master pay everybody the same? The logic behind this is fair: there is plenty of grace for everyone. The workers who started early…

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What Is on Your Agenda?

What Is on Your Agenda?

I’ve always thought that we should only serve one God and we should not have idols. God should be number one in our lives. I had thought those possible idols would be other people or work or hobbies, somebody or something else than me. But then I read this from Isaiah: “Why do we fast, but you do not see?     Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?” Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day,     and oppress…

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Restoration Is Possible

Restoration Is Possible

Do you feel rejected? Are you afraid that you have failed so miserably that there is no hope? Do you think your past makes you unlovable? I have good news for you. Because of Christ you are never out of reach of grace. Because of Christ you have hope everlasting. Because of Christ restoration is possible. For every single person on this green earth. No exception. All because of Christ. The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling,     a scrubby…

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How to Do the Creative Best with Your Life

How to Do the Creative Best with Your Life

Have you changed a lot in the last 10 years? I bet you have. So have I. Do you think you will change as much in the future? According to a research people tend not to believe they will change that much in the future. But they will and we will. Change is inevitable. But we can decide into what direction we will change: God-ward or away from God. Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a…

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Drawing Strength from God

Drawing Strength from God

Do you know how to draw strength from God? Do you know how to spiritually feed yourself? You see, God is not a theory. God is an indwelling power in the lives of Christians. But we do need to invite Jesus to reign in our lives. How do we do that? 1) By talking to God in prayer, telling him in our own words that we want his help, his strength, his joy. By surrendering to God, letting him know…

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Make Room for God!

Make Room for God!

Are you dreaming and praying big? Or are you just trying to get by everyday? Is your soul living large? Or is your soul cramped? I was stopped in my tracks this morning when I was reading this from Isaiah: “Clear lots of ground for your tents!     Make your tents large. Spread out! Think big! Use plenty of rope,     drive the tent pegs deep. You’re going to need lots of elbow room     for your growing family. You’re going to take…

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Why Was Jesus Baptized?

Why Was Jesus Baptized?

Have you ever wondered why Jesus was baptized? John the Baptist had been called people to repent. But Jesus was sinless, right? Why did he get baptized? Why did John the Baptist baptize Jesus? Jesus then appeared, arriving at the Jordan River from Galilee. He wanted John to baptize him. John objected, “I’m the one who needs to be baptized, not you!” But Jesus insisted. “Do it. God’s work, putting things right all these centuries, is coming together right now in…

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God Has Reserved a Place for You

God Has Reserved a Place for You

Do you feel worn out? Beaten? At the end of your rope? Just know that God has reserved a place for you in his arms. I just love knowing that the downcasted will be treated with extra special care. For the weakest God has reserved a place closest to his heart. Doesn’t that comfort you? You don’t need to handle everything. You don’t have to be strong and knowledgeable. You can come as you are. God will cherish you. You…

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How Can I Find My Own Star?

How Can I Find My Own Star?

Have you ever envied the wise men? I have. Sometimes discerning God’s will is not that easy. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a huge sign on the sky declaring heavenly guidance “This Way!”  Having your own star would be helpful, don’t you think? Then the star appeared again, the same star they had seen in the eastern skies. It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child. They could hardly contain themselves: They were in…

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