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Month: November 2016

Gracious Living

Gracious Living

Do you know that everything is grace? For real. We can brag about grace but nothing else. But in grace there is plenty to brag about. Grace is even more wonderful than we can ever understand. Because grace changes everything and everything is grace. When we live in grace, we don’t have to puff up our egos or try to be better than we are. You know, we are all just grace-magnets, that’s all. Nobody is better than others. Whatever…

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Why I Sing Hosanna

Why I Sing Hosanna

God is always with us. What a wonderful fact, don’t you think? No matter how badly we screw up, God is right there helping us, encouraging us, guiding us. Also, God is with us when the world fails us, Jesus carries us when our own feet can’t do it. He carried even our failings, our weaknesses to the cross. That’s why I sing Hosanna. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;     it was our sorrows that weighed him down. (Isaiah 53:4,…

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If Surrender Scares You

If Surrender Scares You

If surrender scares you, this post is for you. One of the biggest reasons why people keep from truly following Christ and surrendering to God is the belief that then life would be boring or, at least, all the fun would be cancelled. People just are not ready to bury their dreams. It might seem that is what God wants us to do. But when you dig a bit deeper you find out that God wants to give us life…

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Praise God for the Peace of Christ

Praise God for the Peace of Christ

I love different Bible translations. Years ago I wrote a thanksgiving post based on the Message version of this verse and thought it was so inspiring. Today I read the same verse from the Amplified Bible and saw it in a totally different light. So here’s my this year’s thanksgiving post. Praise God for the peace of Christ. Let the peace of Christ [the inner calm of one who walks daily with Him] be the controlling factor in your hearts [deciding…

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God Wants to Bless You More

God Wants to Bless You More

Did you know that God loves you and wants to bless you? That’s why he sent his son Jesus into world to die for you. God wants you to be made right with him so he can spend time with you. He wants you to get to know him. And, yes, God wants to bless you more. The father of the prodigal son told his oldest son who did not know how to enjoy life with his father “all that is…

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You Are Meant to Enjoy Life with God

You Are Meant to Enjoy Life with God

One of the saddest things in life is to misunderstand God’s purpose and will. Some people assume (wrongly) that God wants to steal joy or he wants you to have a boring life doing nothing. You could not be further from the truth. God’s purpose is to give his children a rich and satisfying life. You are meant to enjoy life with God. With the words of Jesus: The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy….

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Capacity for Faithfulness

Capacity for Faithfulness

What do you think? Do we have a capacity for faithfulness and obedience? I can still hear some people trying to assure me that it is impossible for a person to be faithful in marriage. I strongly disagree. We are called to faithfulness by God, granted a capacity for obedience by God and we are empowered by the Spirit of God. God wanted to teach this to His people and told Jeremiah (in Jeremiah 35) to invite the Recabites to a…

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Do You Worry or Believe Your Prayers?

Do You Worry or Believe Your Prayers?

Do you worry your prayers? Or do you believe your prayers? There’s a huge difference between these two prayer styles. The first one leads to death and the other one to life. God is willing to help us. He just wants us to ask in faith, without doubting God’s willingness to help. How you do pray? Do you worry or believe your prayers? If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask…

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Something in Common with God?

Something in Common with God?

Do you want to have something in common with God? Good for you. I want that more than anything. So, how do we get there then? The answer is Jesus. Without Jesus we have nothing in common with God. Here’s how you test for the genuine Spirit of God. Everyone who confesses openly his faith in Jesus Christ—the Son of God, who came as an actual flesh-and-blood person—comes from God and belongs to God. And everyone who refuses to confess…

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Thoughts on Sacrifice, Gladness and Calling

Thoughts on Sacrifice, Gladness and Calling

Does God want from us sacrifice or something else? What do you think? I think, God’s will is always good for us and some times it really does require sacrifice. But sacrifice should not be our end goal; we are not to religiously prove our worth or earn our salvation. Our goal should be God himself and leave the details of our life plan to him. Just being in the will of God is a blessing beyond belief. The wise…

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