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Why We Need a Bigger View of God

Our tendency is to put God at the center of our universe and treat Him as a sort of crystal ball or magic genie who is all about us and our happiness. The problem is, this makes for a much smaller God than the one represented in the Bible. The most powerful perspective change we can have is to echo the sentiments of John the Baptist who said of Jesus, "he must increase, and I must decrease." (John 3:30) The book of Acts says of the early church that "a deep sense of awe …

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Who Invented Social Media? God Did.

God invented social media. I know that might sound like a crazy claim, but I have a biblical basis for believing this. So I'm primarily speaking to those who believe with me that God is the creator presented to us in the biblical book of Genesis. Social media seems like a new term. Many people are just hearing it, and many others are already tired of it. It's a trend, a fad, something that people are jumping on quickly for reasons ranging from connecting to old friends to …

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Think Bigger

It doesn't matter how big you think or dream - God is always thinking bigger. Paul put it this way... God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. - Ephesians 3:20 (MSG) In other words, out beyond the edges of the capacity of the human mind, God knows a reality and possesses capabilities larger than we could …

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God Is Always Right On Time

God exists in this moment, and in every moment, and outside the moment. Whatever God has destined you to do, He has a process for getting you there. - Brian Wise We're an impatient bunch of people for sure. We don't like to wait for anything. We even ask that restaurants cut holes in the sides of their buildings and send our food out through a window so we can stay in the car. In a convenience-oriented culture, waiting minutes or hours for something drives us crazy. When it …

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Defining God’s Holiness

Did you ever sing that hymn, Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty...? It's based on a couple of passages of Scripture, one of which was written by the prophet Isaiah... And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” - Isaiah 6:3 (ESV) I think we often get confused about what holiness means, both in our own lives as well as in describing God with this word. But when we understand what God's holiness is, …

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Big Truths I Need to Hear Every Day

I'm a messed up human being. I don't mean that I'm particularly deranged - just that I was born broken and have reached the plateau of adulthood carrying some flaws with me. The biggest flaw? I believe lies... sometimes. Here's a law of life that can't be avoided or broken... The way I think determines what I believe, which determines how I act, which creates my path and all of its rewards and consequences. Ultimately, life's trajectory is a result of my beliefs. When I …

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When Police Pepper Spray Peaceful Protestors… There Is Hope

I just watched a video of police pepper spraying peaceful protestors at UC Davis, which led me to investigate further into why people are occupying Wall Street (and plenty of other streets too), which further led me to read some of the testimonies of people who are suffering in this present economic recession. That last link is a collection of hand-written notes about where people are financially. Most are drowning in student loan or medical debt. Many work very hard for …

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God Is Love… But Am I?

God is love. We hear that statement but because it has become so cliche, we fail to feel the full weight of it. We, in our unloving and often unloveable finite human minds will never fully comprehend it. And to emulate that which we cannot comprehend is extremely difficult. If only we had a through, biblical description of this word love... Oh wait! Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not …

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What You Should Know About Rick Warren’s Worldview

For some time now, I've been serving as a Pastor to Saddleback Church's correspondence team, a group of dedicated staff and volunteers who answer over 100,000 emails per year about a range of subjects. Not a week goes by that I don't see an email (or twenty) asking for Pastor Rick's response to what someone said in criticism of his views on a variety of subjects. …

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Great Designers Learn from Great Design

There are titles aplenty in the design and development world. I'm not so much a developer as I am a designer, but I'm not so much a graphic designer as I am a front end website developer, so some would call me a user interface designer or web user interface designer. Or perhaps I'm an information architect or perhaps an online communication designer. But I'm not an application developer or database architect. So what exactly do I do? I design stuff, like logos and …

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