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Month: March 2017

Let Mercy, Kindness and Truth Define You

Let Mercy, Kindness and Truth Define You

What does define you? What are you made of? Not things that we’d think that often yet they matter. Who we are matters. Whose we are matters even more. Today I read a Bible verse that made me wonder of what qualities actually define me. These are the qualities I want to define me: mercy, kindness and truth. Do not let mercy and kindness and truth leave you [instead let these qualities define you]; Bind them [securely] around your neck,…

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Do Not Settle for a Mediocre Version of Faith

Do Not Settle for a Mediocre Version of Faith

How is your faith doing? Are you excited about your salvation and eager to work with Jesus? Or are you rushing around like crazy without any chance to slow down to spend time with Jesus? And losing your interest in faith stuff in the process? Let me tell you: it doesn’t have to be that way. Do not settle for a mediocre version of faith. With the words of John Ortberg “For many of us the great danger is not…

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Our Happiness Depends on God

Our Happiness Depends on God

If we insist we are the makers of our own happiness, we fool ourselves. It might take decades for us to discover the truth: our happiness depends on God. As long as we deny the fact that our well-being depends on God, we are sidetracked. Often we get frustrated and stressed out when nothing makes sense and there’s no purpose to live for. But it all changes when we get to know God. Because our happiness does not depend on…

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Embrace It with Grace and Praise

Embrace It with Grace and Praise

This week I have not been enthusiastic at the gym. Somehow, I’ve been dragging my feet to get there and while there I’ve not done my best. There hasn’t been any spring in my steps for sure. While exercising today, I was wondering what was going on and what I could do to lift the veil of cheerlessness. And then I remembered. The antidote to anything trying to drag us down is praise. Whatever it is, we need to embrace…

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Overflow with Hope

Overflow with Hope

Today, I was moved by this blessing found at the end of Paul’s letter to the Romans. This is what I want to me personally but also for you and every single person on this earth. We all need to get to know the God of hope and then live in that hope. Because that’s God will for us. God wants us to overflow with hope. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you…

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Draw Near to God

Draw Near to God

Because of Jesus we can walk right up to God. Without Jesus we do not have an access to God. But because Jesus died on the cross and was raised on the third day, we can approach God without hesitation. Quite a gift, isn’t it? Now we can draw near to God and we are more than welcome in his presence. And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of…

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Be Deep-spirited Friends

Be Deep-spirited Friends

The Christian way of doing things is the opposite of what the world things is successful. We don’t use our elbows to get ahead. And we don’t sweet talk our way to the top. Instead, we are called to love others as we love ourselves. And love does not give us permission to selfishness. Instead, it urges us to become deep-spirited friends. Wesley Hill writes “God never meant us to be purely spiritual creatures. That is why He uses material…

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Set for Life – and Beyond

Set for Life – and Beyond

The world is going crazy, it seems. Also, the everyday chaos seems to get worse and worse. Yet, we do not despair. We do not get discouraged. How come? Because, we have hope. And that is not just any wishful thinking or positive psychology. It is solid hope that delivers, rescues, and redeems. Our story does not end when we die. Because of Jesus our hope is always valid. That’s why we are set for life. And beyond. God, the one…

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Pray because Jesus Prayed

Pray because Jesus Prayed

I’ve written lots of posts on prayer. I’ve talked about how our prayers matter. How we are supposed to pray without ceasing. And how we should be persistent on prayer. I’ve talked about the power of prayer and how wonderful it is that we have a prayer-hearing God. Also, I have mentioned how blessed we are that both Jesus and the Holy Spirit prays for us. All these are wonderful things. We truly need prayer. But there’s one thing that…

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Soft Living Leads to Destruction

Soft Living Leads to Destruction

God has promised to never abandoned us. Quite a promise! Hallelujah! If God is this good to us, why then do we abandon him? We might think we are fond of God but our everyday choices speak otherwise. Somehow, God is far from our mind when we decide how we spend our days. In the western world Christians can live freely. But the enemy knows how to tempt us in this freedom. Too much of wanton pleasure shreds our integrity….

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