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Sacred Communion

Sacred What is sacred to you? When it comes to your relationships, your time, your priorities, and the entirety of your life, what is sacred? I don't know about you, but I love fresh starts and the opportunity to begin again. That is what the New Year brings to us. It is a time to look back and reflect on our lives. It is a time to examine and see what needs to change. Da...

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Read Great Christian Authors

READ GREAT CHRISTIAN AUTHORS Last week I spoke about abiding. This is an urgent need that we must give all to. To abide in Christ and Him in us (John 15.1-11). But we need a plan. To be in the Word, to prayer, to journal and I would also suggest reading great Christian authors. John Piper says, If you read 15 minutes a day for one year (just 15 minutes, say just befor...

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Overwhelmed with Gratitude

Overwhelmed with Gratitude As I reflect back on 2008 I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Paul's words to the church at Philippi, says it well for me when it comes to you. He says, I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now (Philippians 1....

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Don't Lose the Anticipation

Don't Lose the Anticipation Not sure if any melancholy sets in for you as you pick up the wrapping paper and take the decorations down, but I get a touch of it. With so much anticipation looking forward to the celebration of Christmas day when it is gone there is at times a letdown. I even caught myself listening to Christmas music today for a short while. But the antic...

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Dance (serve and give)

The other night my wife and I spun around the kitchen to a catchy tune. I love to dance, but I am definitely no Fred Astaire. In fact, I am probably more like Elaine on Seinfeld. I definitely am the one stepping out of line and causing the beauty of it to be marred. In Paul's ministry to the church at Thessalonica he had to address a group who was stepping out of line....

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Advent 2008

What if Christmas looked different this year? I know Thanksgiving is still weeks away, but I want to direct your attention to this season that is fastly approaching. On the Sunday before Halloween I was in Hallmark getting some cards with Noah and Grace and the store was all decked out for Christmas. If they can promote the Christmas season this early I think it is more th...

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The Shack

I personally enjoyed reading The Shack. I am not a big fan of fiction, but I truly liked ready this writing. Though I would encourage someone to read it I would also tell the reader to proceed with caution. The main reason for such a warning would be due to how God is revealed in the book. God is Triune and the book paints a beautiful picture of that, but we must be carefu...

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Weaknesses

Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakn...

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Daddy

Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" Galatians 4.6 I love hearing the word, Daddy. I will never forget when my first two children said that to me. I am looking forward to our youngest saying it soon. What is amazing is the God of Heaven wants us to call Him that. Think about this. The creator, sustainer ...

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Overwhelmingly Awesome God

Overwhelmingly Awesome God If you are not careful to observe all the words of this law which are written in this book, to fear this honored and awesome name, the LORD your God, then the LORD will bring extraordinary plagues on you and your descendants, even severe and lasting plagues, and miserable and chronic sicknesses (Deuteronomy 28.58-59). The context of this is...

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