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What to Offer to God

What to Offer to God

Do you ever think that you don’t have much to offer to God? So why bother at all, right? Don’t buy that, my friend. God is not looking for offerings like myrrh or frankincense or anything else you don’t have. He just wants your heart. And not to rip it from you. But to fill it with his love and grace. Then you can offer thanks and praise and share with others what you’ve received. And, sure, if you happen…

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Wait in Peace

Wait in Peace

Waiting for a dream come true is very hard. Especially without trying to manipulate the outcome. We would like to force God’s hand to bless us and bless us now. But that’s not how blessings work. That might even be a recipe for a disaster. How then could we wait in peace? John Ortberg has said, “What God does in us while we wait is as important as what we are waiting for”. If we truly understand this, we might…

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Fulfilling Love

Fulfilling Love

It’s that time of the year when love is in the air. And that’s all good. But there’s a danger in believing romantic love will make your life fulfilling. We should never put that kind of demand on anybody. Because they can’t deliver. Only God can. And that’s why only divine love is truly fulfilling love. God’s love is special, he loves us at our worst. God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners,…

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The Beauty of Surrender

The Beauty of Surrender

Isn’t it interesting how everything in Christian life starts with surrender? The word and the thing we all hate until we learn the beauty of it. Let me explain. The beauty of surrender is real. It leads us from dark disasters into light and love. Sure, we are saved by grace but it doesn’t happen without surrendering our hearts to Jesus. Also, all the growth in grace and wisdom happens through surrender. The Christian life is all about surrender. God…

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My Light and My Power

My Light and My Power

It’s really inspiring to hear how my texts and teachings have touched hearts (thank you for all your feedback). However, I have to admit that I feel immense emptiness and powerlessness as I get back to teaching, especially after a break. I was sharing this with God this morning and I understood that especially as empty and inadequate I was exactly the right kind of sharer of the Good News. Because it’s not about my message but about God’s Word….

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Controlling Chaos by Surrendering Control to God

Controlling Chaos by Surrendering Control to God

When we have a thousand things to do, probably the last thing we think we should do is to sit still. But I’d say that’s exactly what needs to happen when our lives become chaotic. The only way for me to control chaos is to surrender control to my creator. When I sit still before the Lord I am reminded of what is essential in life and what isn’t. I am also reminded of the power I depend on. It’s…

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The Purpose of Living

The Purpose of Living

How are you living your life? Are you aware of your overall purpose here on earth? At least, I hope you know you are not an accident. There is a reason why you were born. God created you and has called you to live at this exact time in history. Sadly, too many people live their lives these days like their sole purpose in life would be to entertain themselves. But entertainment is not the purpose of living. It’s far…

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Praise Your Way Through Storms

Praise Your Way Through Storms

Storms are inevitable in life. So one of the most important life skills is to learn to handle those storms. Storms are also, maybe even especially, inevitable in Christian’s lives. In fact, I think it is a faith skill to learn to handle storms. I believe we can handle anything with faith. Without faith, we are lost in the storms of life. With faith, we are secure in Christ no matter what happens and no matter how devastating the storm…

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Open Your Hands to Receive

Open Your Hands to Receive

Today I was reminded of opening my hands to receive what God has for me. It shocked me a bit because I had thought I was open for God to move freely in and through my life. But I was reminded to empty and open my hands to receive. So I must have had something in them to keep me from being open-handed. That got me thinking: what kind of things do we keep in our hands even without noticing…

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Prayer from a New Perspective

Prayer from a New Perspective

How do you define prayer? Prayer is communication with God. It is pouring out our soul to God. Also, prayer is as important as breathing for Christians. All these things are great and prayer is really awesome. But I heard yesterday a definition of prayer that led me to look prayer from a new perspective. Pastor Jämsen said yesterday ‘prayer is us turning away from our potential opportunities’. We stop trying to solve everything ourselves and turn to God to…

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