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When We Are Broken, God Can Begin to Work

Blessed are the broken, for they are in just the right spot to see God show up and work in powerful ways. When we think we have it all together or that we have all the answers, we miss out on the mighty and miraculous works of God in our lives. It's when we run out of answers, exhaust our strength, and find ourselves desperately gripping the end of our rope that God can show up to do His most amazing work in us. King David once wrote a song about this very thing, and one …

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Living by Reason versus Living by Revelation

I will confess: I'm not smart enough to do life all on my own. I need help, and I choose to go straight to the source of all truth and wisdom - God, the Creator of heaven and earth. There are two ways to try to walk through life: by reason, or by revelation. Living by reason means walking by sight, needing proof every step of the way, and it ultimately elevates human reason as the ultimate source of knowledge. Living by revelation means walking by faith and trusting in what …

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Born Again, By the Living Word of God

New life doesn't come from enlightenment. New life comes only from the message of the good news of Jesus, which God has unveiled and made known for anyone who is willing to listen. To believers Peter wrote, "For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God." (1 Peter 1:23 NLT) Here's the blunt truth - mankind is hopelessly lost in sin, unable to saved ourselves or …

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To Live In the Right Direction, Start Thinking Straight

I grew up in the country in rural Kentucky where giving someone directions usually involved turning right just past the bridge, left after the third dead skunk, and if you see the red barn you went too far. Thankfully, the directions God gives us in His word for living life well are far more explicit. He tells us repeatedly that if we want our lives to move in the right direction, we need to start thinking straight. Peter said to "prepare your minds for action and exercise …

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We Desperately Need a More Sure Word

Never before has the debate been so intense about the nature of truth. On the one hand, our culture argues strongly that autonomous human reason is the final word on truth, that there is no possibility of supernatural divine revelation, and that morality is entirely subjective. On the other hand, wise men and women take refuge in a more sure word from God, believing that God has spoken and has revealed Himself to us in an infallible way in the Scriptures - in the …

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Real Unity Is Possible Only In the Light

God loves variety and diversity and our multi-colored, multi-cultural world shows off this characteristic of God quite well. But as sinful human beings, we are prone to divide, to defend, and to separate ourselves behind protective walls and a false sense of superiority. It's hard to appreciate the beauty of the human mosaic in the dark, and it's a rather dark world in which we live. In the Light, however, everything looks different. The Apostle John wrote, "But if we are …

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Before God Formed You In the Womb

"Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you: A prophet to the nations—that’s what I had in mind for you." So said God to a young prophet named Jeremiah once (Jeremiah 1:5 MSG). While these words were spoken in a particular context to a particular person, there are powerful principles we can draw out for a deeper understanding of God and His purposes. God is God, and I am not. I'm limited by time and space, …

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Everybody Needs Encouragement

We live in rather uncivil times. We're a divided nation in a divided world. In times like these, the world needs a volunteer army of encouragers. It's one of the best ways to show love. Paul said, "So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing." (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT) Encouragement isn't empty flattery. Being fake helps no one. Speaking words of affirmation isn't about the needs of the encourager but about the encouraged. Encouragement …

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Rekindle the Flame of Love by Paying Attention Again

We don't fall out of love. We stop choosing to do things that are loving. So the way back to love is to do the loving things we did early in our relationship. And that often starts with the simple step of paying attention again. Paul challenged the believers in Philippi, "Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too." (Philippians 2:3-4 …

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When You’ve Fallen Out of Love

We don't actually "fall" in love. We choose to act lovingly. Attraction might be instant, but love is cultivated over time. And since we don't fall in love, we don't actually fall out of love either. We stop choosing to act lovingly. And when we're not cultivating a relationship lovingly, things get cold. Jesus once wrote to a church that was guilty of losing its love for Him. They were going through the motions, holding to the truth, and behaving like a church, but they …

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