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Month: March 2013

What Is The Meaning of Good Friday

What Is The Meaning of Good Friday

It’s Good Friday, the day we commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus. Why did Jesus have to die on the cross? What’s the meaning of Good Friday anyway? Here it is in a nutshell: Just as one person did it wrong and got us in all this trouble with sin and death, another person did it right and got us out of it. But more than just getting us out of trouble, he got us into life! One man said no…

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A Prayer of Repentance

A Prayer of Repentance

We come to you, Lord, knowing that you love us no matter of what. That’s why we dare to come to you, knowing that you will help us. We put our hearts and souls in your hand. Generous in love—God, give grace!     Huge in mercy—wipe out my bad record. Scrub away my guilt,     soak out my sins in your laundry. I know how bad I’ve been;     my sins are staring me down. (Psalm 51:1-3, MSG) We ask for grace to…

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How to Observe Holy Week

How to Observe Holy Week

Holy Week is here. How do you observe it? During the Lent I’ve been fasting from sugary things, been praying on my knees daily, and been listening through the whole Bible. Has anything changed? Am I readier to Easter than otherwise? How should we observe Holy Week anyway? I’ve enjoyed this Lenten journey. I’ve been surprised how good it has felt to surround me with the Word of God. I think I’m readier to quiet myself to listen what God…

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Spiritual Spring Cleaning

Spiritual Spring Cleaning

Spring seems to be late this year. Yet we hope. The same way the second coming of Jesus seems to be delayed. Yet we hope. What can we do while we are waiting? Prepare! When the spring weather will finally reach the north, it will be sudden. When Jesus finally comes back, it will also be sudden. We need to prepared. How can we do that? It’s time for spiritual spring cleaning! It’s time to approach God and let him…

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Why Do Christians Need the Whole Bible

Why Do Christians Need the Whole Bible

Sometimes you hear people saying that Christians only need the New Testament. What do you think? Do we need the whole Bible? I just finished listening to the Old testament as part of my Lenten journey of reading through the whole Bible. And I am more convinced than ever that we need the Old testament to explain the New Testament. You know, sending Jesus was not a spur of the moment idea. God had planned it all along. God had…

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Only His Image

Only His Image

Isn’t it amazing that God created us in his own image? Incredible! God wanted us to be able to relate to him in special ways. God wanted human companions and conversation partners. God made us after his own likeness! Wow! We need to always remember we are truly loved and cherished by God. God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of…

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Following Christ without Excuses

Following Christ without Excuses

Lent is a wonderful time to really examine where we are in our walk with God. Not to condemn ourselves but to help ourselves to be where we could be. Because it is our own loss if we are not enjoying a truly intimate relationship with God. It is our loss if we are not close to Jesus. It is our loss if we are not filled with the Holy Spirit. On the road someone asked if he could go…

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Waiting for God’s Guidance and Timing

Waiting for God’s Guidance and Timing

Impatience seems to be the beginning of anxiety, right? Waiting for God’s guidance and timing is not easy, especially when we have all kinds of wild thoughts racing through our mind. What are the next steps God wants me to take? Should I wait or proceed? How can I be sure I am not missing God’s guidance? This morning I stumbled upon this Dietrich Bonhoeffer quote: “Waiting is an art that our impatient age has forgotten. It wants to break…

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Constant Renewal the Jesus Way

Constant Renewal the Jesus Way

Do you need constant renewal? I certainly do. Yesterday’s grace and peace won’t work today. I need my daily refill in order to live out of love and not out of fear. If you don’t trust my word on it, follow Jesus’ example. With the words of Andrew Murray: “While others still slept, He [Jesus] went away to pray and to renew His strength in communion with His Father. He had need of this, otherwise He would not have been…

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The Elements of a Great Life

The Elements of a Great Life

The elements of a great life are not what people usually think. Neither a designer hand bag nor the latest technological gadget will bring happiness. And finding a spouse or having a child are not necessary elements of a great life, either. What then? The main element of a great life is God. Christ is the cornerstone of a great life. A great life is built by the Holy Spirit. Any life can be a great life if it’s lived…

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