From the time we are born we have a strong desire to possess, and even as children we say, “this is mine!” We can never truly own anything; we can only borrow it for a short while. God gives us many wonderful things in our lives to enjoy, but these things were never meant to rule over us or drive us. The blessings we have in this life were meant to be held loosely and not clutched in fear or sought after in desperation. However, until our void of need and want is filled with what God intended—to truly know Him and be known by Him—we will continue on the path of possessing.
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Ever wonder what Mary was thinking as she rode the donkey from Nazareth to Bethlehem? Ponder with me today....
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The Incarnation of the Eternal Word – Jesus Christ – is the great redemptive miracle of the Christian faith. The union of humanity and divinity in the person of Jesus means that his crucifixion and resurrection have defeated the power of sin and death and brings the promise of eternal life to all who believe. This redemptive event is most often associated with the celebration of Christmas.
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God would have never given us the Great Commission to go into all the world and preach the gospel if He never intended for that to really happen. Second Peter 3:9 tells us that, “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” God would not say this if it were not possible. But none of us can do this alone. No Pastor can fulfill this calling by himself, no matter how gifted he may be.
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"I can do all things 'IN' Christ who strengthens me."
I CAN...but am I supposed to? In this blog we will consider how much we are to do and how we discern what to do.
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So my word that comes from my mouth will not return to me empty it will accomplish what I please. Isaiah 55:11
Yesterday, I wrote the devotion on trust. At the end I encouraged you, the reader, to remember that who you trust determines your destiny. It was David's trust in God when Saul was trying to kill him that preserved his life and allowed him to fulfill what God had for him. In the same way, it is your trust in God that will preserve your life and allow you to fulfill all God has for you.
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Have you ever been in the place where there is no way out? An impossible situation? A place of hopelessness? There is absolutely nothing you or anybody else can do about it. Most would think that's a horrible place to be in.
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So Many People Are Looking For Success. Something To Make Them Happy... But What Is True Success?
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Change…even good, normal, developmentally appropriate change…brings stress and often triggers interpersonal and intrapersonal relational conflict. The “launching phase” is no different. Whether it is with individuals or couples, young people in their twenties and early thirties find their way to my office every week.
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