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Shoes Can Take You Anywhere

Mama says they was magic shoes. They could take me anywhere. - Forrest Gump Warfare always requires walking. And often, it requires running. Either way, good shoes are essential. Shoes offer us protection. Any parent who has stepped on a lego checking on their kids at night understands this. They protect our feet from the harsh ground on which we walk, from the elements, and from infection and disease. In the same way, it is the gospel that brings peace that has covered us …

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The True Source of Real Joy

It is very possible to discover happiness in your current circumstances, assuming your circumstances are happy ones. It's also possible to find happiness in material things... for now, career success... whatever that looks like, and when all of your relationships are sailing along smoothly. But happiness isn't the goal. Joy is. Joy is possible in bad health, a bad marriage, a bad job, and on a really bad day. Joy is deep. It's profound. It's mysterious. It's rooted in both …

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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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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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