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Peace and Joy Are Byproducts of Obedience and Faithfulness

Peace and Joy Are Byproducts of Obedience and Faithfulness

It seems everyone is seeking peace and joy for themselves. And they are good things. But they are byproducts of obedience and faithfulness and not something we can reach on our own. How then can we go about them then? Simply put, when we seek Christ and keep him in our lives center, we are blessed with peace and joy. Paul Tripp has said, “Putting yourself in the center and making life all about you never leads to peace and…

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Reasons to Guard Your Heart

Reasons to Guard Your Heart

There are valid reasons to guard your heart. You see, throughout Scripture, the heart refers to the very essence of one’s being. The heart includes your wishes, your desires; that on which your life centers. King Solomon said it clearly: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23, NIV). If our heart gets damaged, we are damaged. And that’s as far from ideal as possible. So what to do? How can we guard our hearts…

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Heads, Hearts, and Hands

Heads, Hearts, and Hands

Lately, I’ve been pondering on two stories Jesus told according to the Gospel of Luke. The first one is the parable of two builders and the second one is the parable of the sower. They’re both perfect for Lenten reflection. Jesus is asking “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? (Luke 6:46, NIV, emphasis added,*) You see, faith requires heads, hearts, and hands. Faith is not just a belief system we embrace, right? It…

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God Loves You

God Loves You

Do you know deep down in your soul that God loves you? I hope so. Because that’s the truth. No matter what you’ve done or left undone, God’s love does not waver. It’s not about you, it’s about who God is. What a relief! This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and…

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Believing Needs to Begin Again Every Morning

Believing Needs to Begin Again Every Morning

Do you struggle with constancy in your faith life? Having some ups and downs is normal, even dry seasons are part of our faith journey. But it is helpful to learn to take care of one’s faith to avoid pitfalls when possible. How do we do that? Basically, we stick to it every single day. Believing needs to begin again every morning. With yesterday’s manna we don’t get very far. Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,    for…

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My Take on Obedience

My Take on Obedience

Obedience is not a buzzword. Nowadays everyone wants to be independent and do whatever they want. That’s why obedience is not very fashionable. And because faith is trusting and obeying God, faith is not very fashionable either. But faith in Christ gives us something eternal, something that never goes out of fashion. With the words of Paul, the gospel “is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16, NIV). The blessings of obedience are out of…

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Loving Jesus More than Anything

Loving Jesus More than Anything

I love Jesus. How could I not, right? He died for me and gave me a chance to be made right with God. Loving Jesus is a no-brainer to me. How about you? It gets tough when we are told in the Bible to love God and Jesus above all. More than ourselves. Even more than our kids. And even more than life itself. Ouch. Loving Jesus more than anything does not come naturally to us. Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord…

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Listening to God Obediently

Listening to God Obediently

I was taken by two quotes today. They talk about two different things – prayer and obedience- yet they seem to talk about the same thing: listening to God. That seems to be the ultimate thing for all who want to know and be known by God. How are prayer and obedience linked to that? Let’s find out. Jesus himself talked about obedience meaning love for God. Clearly, that is a good place to start our exploration. The person who…

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Dare to Be Great for God

Dare to Be Great for God

Isn’t it interesting how we can talk ourselves down from trying to achieve great things for God? How is it possible that we settle for less than God’s plan for us? It’s especially crazy if we think we’re doing God’s will by laying low. Folks, we have work to do. Let’s not believe what our enemy is whispering. God is calling our names, we have things to do and places to go. Be all you were created to be. Dare to…

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Two Blessings for Every Believer (from just one Bible verse)

Two Blessings for Every Believer (from just one Bible verse)

I openly admit that I love reading the Bible, I believe it’s the living Word of God. People often tell me that they don’t have time to read the Bible. But I think anyone can commit to reading a verse (or two) every day. It won’t even take a minute to do it. Yet, it has an eternal impact on our lives. It reminds us what is important and what is not. Let me give you an example. Just reading today’s verse of…

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