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Month: April 2013

How to Let Go of Fear

How to Let Go of Fear

Fear is one of the most awful things in the world. When we live out  of fear, life is not what it’s meant to be. Fear cripples us. Fear steals the joy of living. Fear paralyzes our inner beings. Exactly the opposite what God designed for us. Every bad decision I’ve ever made can be traced back to fear. Whenever I’ve made a decision out of fear it has led to a disaster. Whenever you say yes because you fear…

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Are You Trying to Use God?

Are You Trying to Use God?

I just love how Jesus fed 5000 people with two fish and five loaves of bread. We think 5 plus 2 is 7. But God’s way of thinking is way different, way bigger, and way better. What was the secret of Jesus? Then Jesus took the bread. When he had given thanks, he distributed it to those who were sitting there. He did the same with the fish, each getting as much as they wanted.When they had plenty to eat,…

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Time to Stop Hindering God

Time to Stop Hindering God

Do you hinder God’s work for you, in you, through you? I was confronted with this question when I read this Bible story yesterday: Now there is in Jerusalem a pool near the Sheep Gate. This pool in the Hebrew is called Bethesda, having five porches (alcoves, colonnades, doorways). In these lay a great number of sick folk—some blind, some crippled, and some paralyzed (shriveled up)—waiting for the bubbling up of the water. For an angel of the Lord went…

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No Foothold for the Devil

No Foothold for the Devil

We all know that we need fuel for our faith; we can’t keep running on empty. We need to be filled with the Holy Spirit to live fully and love well. Our first and foremost need truly is to be filled with God. Everything else is pretty much details. But we can’t ignore the enemy. We are to live boldly. We are to be real people and have have real feelings. That means we are not strangers for anger, either….

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Put Jesus in Charge

Put Jesus in Charge

Who is in charge of your life? A dead man or the living God? You see, this is a question of life and death. As long as we are in charge we are living in the world of dead. But when we surrender to Jesus, we take a giant step to the world of the living. “It’s urgent that you listen carefully to this: Anyone here who believes what I am saying right now and aligns himself with the Father,…

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Grace for Shortcomings

Grace for Shortcomings

Do you (sometimes) feel inadequate? Do you wish you could have managed things differently? Do you struggle with your shortcomings? Do you start your sentences with “if only…if only…if only”? We desire to be but we are not perfect. We fail. We are weak. Most often we can somehow deal with our inadequacies and shortcomings when they don’t affect our loved ones. But when we feel that we have failed as parents or spouses or children it is incredibly hard….

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God Cares for You

God Cares for You

Sheep are mentioned in the Bible more than five hundred times. Also Jesus talked about sheep many times: Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion for them because they were troubled and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd (Matthew 9:36, CEB). “My sheep listen to my voice. I know them and they follow me” (John 10:27, CEB). These verses show us that Jesus was familiar with this passage from Ezekiel:  “‘God, the Master, says: From now on, I…

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Trust in God, Lean on Him

Trust in God, Lean on Him

This post is for anyone out there who doesn’t know where you’re going. Or to anyone who don’t know what to do next. Or someone who doesn’t see how things will end up. I have good news for you. If you fear God, you will never be alone. If you believe in God, your path will be made known. If you stick to Jesus, you will be blessed. Who out there fears God,     actually listens to the voice of his…

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How to Wear Light

How to Wear Light

Past few days I have had an image of God shining upon his people persistently popping in my head. So I started to explore what this image could mean. Our efforts to understand God will always fall short but we need to keep trying…because if we just get a glimpse of God’s awesomeness, we are truly blessed. God wants to shine on us. God wants to bless us. God wants to dwell in us. We are called to become children…

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Got Jesus?

Got Jesus?

We need to eat to live, grow, and get stronger. For this very same reason we also need Jesus. If we want to live, we need Jesus. If we want to grow, we need Jesus. If we want to get stronger, we need Jesus. Jesus told them, “I assure you, it wasn’t Moses who gave the bread from heaven to you, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.The bread of God is the one who comes down…

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