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Dream Bigger – Ask More

"You do not have, because you do not ask." (James 4:2 ESV) James the Apostle had the spiritual gift of bluntness. We've received the benefit of his brutally honest thoughts, such as when he answers a common question with such a common sense answer. Why don't I have? Because I didn't ask. And he goes on to point out that often when we ask, we're doing so for selfish reasons. I want to challenge you today to do some pretty important things. Dream Bigger Whatever it is …

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Finding the Right Path In Life – Jesus

Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man comes to the Father except through me." I remember a Bible college professor paraphrasing what Jesus meant with these lines: I am the Way... walk Me. I am the Truth... know Me. I am the Life... live Me. Jesus, paraphrased by Dr. Jesse Thomas I love that! I wrote last week about getting off the wrong path, but that can never be the end of the story. To jettison ourselves from any path, we need a new path to …

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Getting Off the Wrong Path

You are where you are because you have followed a path. You've made a series of choices that have brought you to your current spot on life's map, and the Bible lets us know that our default direction is always down the wrong path. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6 ESV There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. Proverbs 14:12 …

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Enjoying the Favor of God

Yesterday, I talked about defining the favor of God, and I defined it as enjoying the undeserved kindness of God. I also said you can spot the favor of God when you see that He has sovereignly chosen to bless something or someone for the purpose of bringing Himself glory. His favor is never for our enjoyment alone - it is always intended to be shared with others. In the story of Mary, the mother of Jesus, Gabriel comes to deliver the message that the Holy Spirit would …

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How to Know When God Is Up to Something

Is the earth still spinning? Are waves still crashing on the beach? God. Is. Up. To. Something... guaranteed! It's been well over ten years since I led our church in Kentucky through a study of Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God, the classic work by Henry Blackaby and Claude King. The primary lesson of that study has made a lifelong impact on who I am: God is always at work in, around, and through you. And the conclusion is we must join God in what He is …

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4 Keys to Preparing to Do God’s Will for Your Life

In John 17:4, Jesus makes an astounding statement in His conversation with His Father, "I brought glory to you here on earth by doing everything you told me to do." (NLT) That's a claim that none of us can ever make. Jesus did everything the Father had given Him to do. What is success? The world defines it as achieving great things, making a good living, or generally finding happiness on earth. But God defines success in this way: doing everything God tells you to do. In …

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A Weekend Away from the Norm

I'm not writing/posting much anywhere over this weekend, and this is intentional. Angie and I are in a time of deep prayer concerning God's will for us and for our future. This is either going to result in a significant shift for us in terms of where we've been so far, or it will be a time of thorough refining. We would ask for your prayers, and I'll write more about it all later. …

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Trying To Understand The Ways of God

Our mission as followers of Christ is not to understand all God’s ways, because we will not be able to in this life. Our mission is to trust the God whose ways are so much higher than ours.read the whole article at ronedmondson.com …

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God Sees Beyond Today

In my last post, I talked about how God sees deeper than the skin and today, I want to carry that thought further (based on my message from last Sunday) about how God sees beyond today. I'm busy today. I have a lot of things up in the air that are all happening at once. Your day is like mine, isn't it? Catching up isn't really an option. And maybe catching up isn't what it's cracked up to be anyway. After all, if we were caught up, we wouldn't be necessary in the moment. …

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Three Questions for Pursuing God’s Will

One of the most common questions among human beings is, how do I know God's will? Or sometimes we'll simply ask, how do I make right and wise decisions? Christians sometimes want to make this issue mystical. In fact, we can be downright superstitious, seeking signs and waiting for audible voices. But what if it's more simple than that? When someone comes to me asking these questions, I offer up three tests. These three tests are, in my opinion, the ultimate way to discern …

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