Fight Fear with Fear of the Lord

God is our refuge. Alone, afraid, and living in a turbulent home at age thirteen, I sought shelter under my blankets. Haunted by the threat of violence, my heart trembled. Confused and weighted with burdens beyond my maturity, I tried to be strong, alone. There was no one I could turn to—until Jesus made himself…

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Fear Not, You Worm

Worms? Are you overcome by the world around you, overwhelmed by the circumstances of your life, and have nothing left? Perhaps through frailty or failure you have drawn the conclusion that you are defeated and all hope is lost. Today, consider this word from Isaiah 41:14, Fear not, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel! I…

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5 Ways to Know If You’re Really a Christian

Owen Strachan » Study Heart Dead Guys Justification View the Jonathan Edwards On Mission series Jonathan Edwards sought to promote vibrant Christian faith through teaching people what the “marks,” or signs, of godly living actually are. He did so not merely because he was really smart and liked categorizing things, but because he wanted Christians to experience the joy of…

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The Presence of God

In my sermon this past Sunday morning, I quoted from a little book titled The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence.  In this little book Brother Lawrence talks about the presence of God and how that presence for him was as real in the kitchen among his pots and pans as it…

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Love Accommodates

Love accommodates. Love finds what the other needs and aims for it. Love goes out of the way to make sure the other “gets it” and feels loved. Not only is this helpful when thinking about your relationships, but it’s a great way to think of how God loves you. The whole idea that “love accommodates”…

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Courage Is Not Winning. It’s Sacrifice.

Do you always have to win? With your employees or employer? With your kids or your spouse? Do you always feel it necessary to win because you can, and if you don’t, then you wouldn’t be showing courage? Next time you encounter conflict, remind yourself of the most courageous man to ever walk the earth:…

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Pondering

A song from the Jesus Movement of the early 1970’s has been running through my head this afternoon. The lyrics go like this, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.  His mercies never come to an end.  They are new every morning, new every morning. Great is Thy Faithfulness O Lord, great is Thy…

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