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How to Be in Awe of Jesus Today

How to Be in Awe of Jesus Today

Don’t you just love reading how people flocked to Jesus? How they were in awe of him. Jesus certainly wasn’t a crowd-pleaser but his message and actions were so life-giving and profound that people were astonished. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be one in the crowds hearing Jesus teaching, to be wowed by his life-changing message? Yes, it would. It’d be wonderful to be in awe of Jesus today. Is it still possible? Great crowds came to him, bringing with…

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Meeting God in His Word

Meeting God in His Word

What is your favorite Bible translation and why? A couple of days ago I finished reading the Finnish translation and now I try to decide which translation I will do next. Any recommendations? I need to make a quick decision because I want to return to regular Bible reading as soon as possible. Because it anchors me in Jesus. It blesses me more than I know. So, let me know which Bible version you recommend. I can’t wait to return back…

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Eat the Word of God

Eat the Word of God

Do you read your Bible every day? Or do you save it for special occasions? Your answer reveals the health of your faith. Because the Bible is meant to be nourishing daily bread, not fancy cake for special occasions. We are to eat the Word of God daily. “Don’t waste your energy striving for perishable food like that. Work for the food that sticks with you, food that nourishes your lasting life, food the Son of Man provides. He and…

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Walk in the Light of the Lord

Walk in the Light of the Lord

No matter how busy you are, don’t forget to read the Bible. And, most of all, don’t forget to dwell in the Lord. Your own well-being is dependent on this interaction between you and your Creator. He loves you. He is waiting for you to embrace him and his lovingkindness. Just this morning I randomly opened my Bible and here’s the verse that jumped out to me: “Praise and give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and lovingkindness endure forever.” (2…

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How to Deal with Doubt

How to Deal with Doubt

Do you ever have doubts? How do you deal with them? This is crucial in your life of faith. Because we all have doubts occasionally. We just need to know what to do with them, right? Because of Christ we don’t need to give in. What to do then? The main thing is to give your doubts to Jesus. They don’t surprise him. And he has already conquered them, every single one. Give your doubts to Jesus and watch them…

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Guided by God Alone

Guided by God Alone

  Many of us want to be guided by God alone. It’s a wonderful concept, isn’t it? But how do you put it in practice in real life? How does God guide us these days? How can we live for God alone? The best advice comes from Jehoshaphat in the Bible: “But before you do anything, ask God for guidance.” (2 Chronicles 18:4, MSG,*) Whatever you do, start with asking God for guidance. Then your project is not in your…

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Renewing Your Mind by Reading the Bible

Renewing Your Mind by Reading the Bible

How do you renew your mind? How are you becoming more Christ-like day in, day out? There’s no shortcuts here. We can only grow in faith by abiding in God. How do we do that? By practicing ancient Christian disciplines like prayer and reading the Bible. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and…

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The Word of God and Prayer

The Word of God and Prayer

I have been in love of Psalm 19 a few days now. I am going to share it with you and explain why it feels so precious to me right now. Read it and let the Holy Spirit read you while you are at it. This is how the Living Word of God works! The revelation of God is whole     and pulls our lives together. The signposts of God are clear     and point out the right road. The life-maps of…

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Spiritual Reading Glasses, Anyone?

Spiritual Reading Glasses, Anyone?

Do you wear glasses regularly or do you need reading glasses? What a blessing it is to have a way to see clearly, isn’t it? Otherwise everything is a bit blurry. Hard to focus, hard to see. That’s exactly the way it is in our spiritual life too. It’s hard to focus, hard to understand what’s what. We need spiritual reading glasses to see clearly. Especially when we read the Bible. Otherwise we miss the wonderful things in it. Let…

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Why Do Christians Need the Whole Bible

Why Do Christians Need the Whole Bible

Sometimes you hear people saying that Christians only need the New Testament. What do you think? Do we need the whole Bible? I just finished listening to the Old testament as part of my Lenten journey of reading through the whole Bible. And I am more convinced than ever that we need the Old testament to explain the New Testament. You know, sending Jesus was not a spur of the moment idea. God had planned it all along. God had…

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