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All You Need Is God

All You Need Is God

  I recently read an interview with a retiring bishop. He was asked what he would like to be remembered by. He said that it’s not important that he would be remembered. But he hopes people would remember that God is good. Amen to that! It’s not really about us, it’s about God! Because God is good – all the time! God is all mercy and grace—       not quick to anger, is rich in love. God is good to one…

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Exhaling Selfishness, Inhaling the Holy Spirit

Exhaling Selfishness, Inhaling the Holy Spirit

Before we can pray, “Lord, Thy Kingdom come,” we must be willing to pray, “My Kingdom go” says Alan Redpath. There really is no room for two kings in a kingdom. There is no room for two bosses in your heart, either. Someone must surrender. Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in…

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Spiritual Stone Pathway of Life

Spiritual Stone Pathway of Life

Sometimes our path of life seems so desert-like. Stone after stone after stone. We might feel that God has abandoned us in the middle of nowhere. We would like that our pathway of life would be something else than it is. Or at least we would like to see where we are going. The picture above reminds me of the fact that, even though, our path seems not to have consistency or any other quality we think a happy path…

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Live Well – From the Shadows to the Substance (Quest for God’s Will, part 2/4)

Live Well – From the Shadows to the Substance (Quest for God’s Will, part 2/4)

In essence, following God, being a disciple of Jesus Christ & living in the Holy Spirit is what leads us to find God’s will. It’s not more complicated than that and at the same time it is very confusing. It takes time to learn to live in God’s grace. It takes trust to wait on God’s timing. But there is not some mystical formula we need to figure out. You don’t need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to…

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Genesis – What I Learned This Time Around

Genesis – What I Learned This Time Around

Nicolas Poussin. Eliezer Meets Rebecca. 1659-1661. Oil on canvas. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK.Are you one of the people reading through the Bible in 2010? How is your reading going? I have struggled to find my way to do it. First, I realised that I need to keep a spiritual journal to report my questions and insights along the way. It has helped a lot. I have this tendency to always dig deeper. It’s fine but this way it takes forever…

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Breath of God

Breath of God

It’s Melodic Monday! Today’s song is Shane and Shane‘s Breath of God. (Music by Shane Barnard & Caleb Carruth, lyrics by Shane Barnard.) This song is perfect for the Holy Week. Here are the lyrics: A life you cannot defineA purpose thats benignThey need to see and believeBe led to the rugged treeThe one on which he cried not for his pain but for our debtThe very same tree that He conquered deathIt was an unfair deal on the part…

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God Is Good – Psalm 73

God Is Good – Psalm 73

No doubt about it! God is good— good to good people, good to the good-hearted.But I nearly missed it, missed seeing his goodness. I was looking the other way, looking up to the people At the top, envying the wicked who have it made,Who have nothing to worry about, not a care in the whole wide world. Pretentious with arrogance, they wear the latest fashions in violence,Pampered and overfed, decked out in silk bows of silliness.They jeer, using words to…

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To Give in or Not to Give in?

To Give in or Not to Give in?

How are you doing with you Lent resolutions? How is your fasting going? Are you experiencing any hardship yet? Have you been tempted? That’s part of the process. What do you do when temptations rise? To give in or not to give in, that’s the question. Jesus was tempted by the Devil right after he was baptised. Read Luke 4:1-13 (the Message). Jesus did not give in. Instead, he quoted Scripture back to the Devil: ‘Man does not live on…

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Change Your Life, Not Just Your Clothes!

Change Your Life, Not Just Your Clothes!

(Carl Spitzweg (1808-1885),”Ash Wednesday“) Lent is a blessed time: we can slow down and actively reflect on our spiritual journey. But there’s also this, it’s not too late— God’s personal Message!— “Come back to me and really mean it! Come fasting and weeping, sorry for your sins!” (Joel 2:12, MSG) Lent is a blessed opportunity: we are called to turn back to God and intertwine faith into our lives. Change your life, not just your clothes. Come back to God,…

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Zealous Prayer Life

Zealous Prayer Life

“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12:12, NIV) We are called to zealous prayer life! Prayer is a gift from God to us. Just think about having a direct prayer line to God Almighty! Pretty awesome!! We are called to be faithful in prayer and to pray without ceasing. God wants to participate in our lives. Through prayer we are able to…

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