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The Holy Spirit Touches Our Hearts in Prayer

The Holy Spirit Touches Our Hearts in Prayer

Have you ever felt the touch of the Holy Spirit? If you have, there is nothing the world can do or say to you to make you quit believing. When the Holy Spirit convinces you Jesus is alive, you know it for certain. Most often the Holy Spirit speaks softly, without a fanfare. Sure, God can make also loud statements. But most often the Holy Spirit touches our hearts while we pray and worship God. Yes, we are told to…

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Accepting God’s Will

Accepting God’s Will

Is it easy for you to accept God’s will for you? I think we all struggle with it from time to time. Even Jesus prayed hard at Gethsemane. But he knew better than insist to have his own way. So maybe also we should learn to see accepting God’s will as the ultimate best for us even when we want the very opposite. “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want…

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We Never Approach Jesus in Vain

We Never Approach Jesus in Vain

Do you need some hope for the New Year? I think we all do. We’re starting a new year and now that we’ve reviewed all that needs to be done, the tasks seem a bit daunting. We need the courage to begin and hope to lift our spirits, right? So I was delighted to see this phrase by Päivö Parviainen on Facebook: “We never approach Jesus in vain.” How true, how encouraging, how uplifting. How so, you ask. Let me…

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The Future with God

The Future with God

We have only a few days left of this year. How do you feel about it? It has been a tough year so saying goodbye is not a hardship, right? But we have no idea how the new year will turn out. So it’s a bit scary, am I right? But know nothing is scary with God. Without him, the future is scary. But the future with God is supreme. With God, I am ready for anything. You see, we…

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Christmas – the Global Love Fest

Christmas – the Global Love Fest

This post is for you who are not feeling the Spirit of Christmas. For you who feels unlovable. Or for you who can’t fathom what this global love fest is all about. Because that’s what Christmas really is: the global love fest. And it’s not about how lovable any of us is. No. It’s about how ginormous God’s love is towards mankind. You see, God’s love is limitless, beyond anything we can ever understand. Christmas, this global love fest, is…

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Clear the Way for Jesus

Clear the Way for Jesus

Have you ever wondered why there is so much talk about John the Baptist during the Advent season? John the Baptist is the last of the old Testament prophets, but he was also a waymaker for Jesus. John was a sign that the prophecies of the Old Testament prophets were being fulfilled: The Savior was soon to come. The word Advent means waiting, and the purpose of this waiting period is to prepare us for the birth of Jesus. At…

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Perfect Peace Is for Those Who Abide in Jesus

Perfect Peace Is for Those Who Abide in Jesus

Inner peace is something we all want. Yet it seems to be the one thing that escapes us. The culture around us is an enemy of inner peace. How then can we have it? Perfect peace is for those who abide in Jesus. You see, peace is a person, Jesus Christ. So peace does not come by performance but by surrender to God. When we abide in Jesus, we have perfect peace. “You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is…

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Jesus Is the Living Way

Jesus Is the Living Way

When the world gets gloomier by the minute we need to remind ourselves we have plenty of hope to compensate for any gloom and doom we encounter. I know it’s now easy but if we deliberately draw near to God, his grace will fill us with his hope. You see, Jesus is the living way. Jesus is alive and offers us hope upon hope 24/7. Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood…

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You Are Dear to God

You Are Dear to God

Last week, I was preparing a talk for the last Sunday of the church year and as I read a little background on the text of the Old Testament book of Daniel, I came across these insanely wonderful verses. They spoke to me right away and I feel like this will bless you too. Believe me, my friend, you are dear to God. Then the one (Gabriel) whose appearance was like that of a man touched me again, and he…

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You Are Restoried According to God’s Plan and Purpose

You Are Restoried According to God’s Plan and Purpose

What is your life story? Do you think you’re stuck with the cards you were dealt with and there’s no way you can alter the course? Think again. God the Creator is still at work, also in your life. So you are restoried, continually. Mary DeMuth exposes ten lies and shares ten truths in her latest book Stop Living Small: Ten Truths Toward Your Significant Life. This post will tackle the tenth lie which is “you are flawed” by reminding you that God…

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