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Don’t Make a Resolution: Be Resolute!

Don’t Make a Resolution: Be Resolute!

Ultimately, those who are successful don’t make resolutions for success. They find success because of the resolve they establish before they begin. They set their hearts and minds on something greater and they pursue that change for that greater purpose. They do not waver. Instead, they sacrifice. They put their wants and desires behind them and do all the hard things until they get through the change, the circumstance, or the ordeal. They persevere, relentlessly, until it has been achieved or overcome.

If you intend to make a change in your life[…]

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I Am Free!

I Am Free!

I am free. I have been freed from the chains of the law. When I try to uphold the law and live according to the law — for the purposes of accomplishing the law — it leads to death (Romans 6:23). The Apostle Paul spoke […]

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Jesus, Rescue Me!

Jesus, Rescue Me!

How many times has Jesus called out to me and asked me to climb out of the boat? And how many of those times he asked, did I? But in the times I did, I was amazed at how easily I could do things I […]

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Run Free

Run Free

“I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.” — Psalm 119:32

So many demand freedom, but don’t understand its meaning. Freedom means to be at “liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint; exemption from external control, interference, regulation; the power to determine action without restraint.” — Dictionary.com

When the founding fathers spoke of freedom, and carved it into parchment, their freedom was from the control, interference and regulation of the throne of England. They were not slaves, but already free men, who wanted to govern their own lives and families. But in their success, they formed a government that now intrudes in the lives of its citizens. But whose fault is that?

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Never Too Much

Never Too Much

The answer to the question, “Does God ever give us more than we can handle?”, is YES.

We are constantly dealing with one trial or another, whether great or small. As was stated recently by Pastor Greg Laurie, “We are either in the midst of a trial, just coming out of one, or are just about to enter one.”

In any training activity, whether running, weight-lifting, or whatever, the one in training has no upward growth unless obstacles or challenges exist. The “raising of the bar” (that’s a pole-vaulting term), or increasing the weight must come BEFORE the growth.

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Let it Go

Let it Go

Every day I find myself at odds with… myself. As I grow in my discipleship, I look back to see all of the things of my old self that no longer remain. Old habits and attitudes, and ways of thinking. And while my life is no longer a habitual personification of ungodliness – no longer leading a sinful life – it continues to be pot-marked with the remains of what once was…

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Tuned In

Tuned In

What’s it mean to be tuned in? A popular online dictionary defines tune (noun) as “an agreement in pitch; unison; harmony.” As a verb, its defined as “to bring (someone or something) into harmony” or, in the context of radio, “to adjust so as to receive the signals of a particular transmitting station.”

So often I find myself missing the larger blocks of time with God. While I don’t want to get trapped in any fixed procedure in my time with Him, I am careful not to be too rigid in when I read my Bible or pray, while being as regular in these moments as I can. But I tell you, because I “pray continually” and “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thess 5:16-18), reading God’s Word is where I really falter.

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Second Place

Second Place

Pride is a wonderful thing. It gives us an amazing power to achieve great things. The only drawback is that it directs us to accomplish things that only give us glory, instead of God. We seek that glorious prize – a 1st place trophy, a […]

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God Speaks and He Lives

God Speaks and He Lives

“Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt.”
– Genesis 41:45

I just finished watching the animated film, “Joseph: King of Dreams.” I have read the story of Joseph a dozen times, and each has revealed new and deeper understanding, and new lessons.

God spoke to Joseph through his dreams, and through them Joseph ultimately gained great power and great responsibility. God’s glory spoke loud and clear to Pharoah and the people of Egypt through Joseph’s integrity and spirit. Through him, God saved Joseph’s family as well as the whole country (later to be used for an even greater purpose). In response to God’s glory, Pharoah gave Joseph a new name: Zapheneth-Paneah (“God speaks and he lives”).

My eyes water every time I reach the point in the story where Joseph…

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Ministry & Mission

Ministry & Mission

You know, it was recently suggested that the terms “ministry” and “mission” meant very specific things, and should be regarded in separate and specific ways. Ministry was deemed to be focused on service to believers, while mission was focused on service to those outside the church (e.g. “the mission field”).

And, while I may concede to this concept at its surface, based on the context of the original argument, I cannot accept this clear-cut definition in real-world application.

A cursory examination of the use of the term minister reveals, beyond the instance of

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