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Spiritual Life

Lord of the Darkness: Trusting Jehovah When Suffering Comes


Psalm 88 must be the darkest psalm of them all, and one of the bleakest passage in the Bible. As I read this today, I kept waiting for the yet or however or but that you find in other psalms, but there are none. The author, Heman, goes on and on about how bad his life is. Read my journal …

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Spiritual Life

7 Ways to Respond When God Does Not Feel Like “Immanuel”


When God Does Not Feel Like “Immanuel”

What do you do when you are struggling and God seems far away? Especially during this season of the year, it seems many of us are hurting. We desperately want to know Immanuel—God with us—but he seems more like Exmanuel–God used to be with me, but now I feel like he’s left me … or I feel like he is …

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Spiritual Life

Thankful Through the Valley


I am thankful today that I have the privilege of having a loving Father who is BIG and powerful! Bigger than any circumstance or situation, more powerful than anyone or anything that comes against me. I’m thankful that though he is so big, he also is concerned and involved in the minute details of my life. He is Jehovah Jireh, …

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Spiritual Life

When Life Isn’t Making Sense, Ask the Right Questions


When you are walking through a dark valley of the soul or when the circumstances in your life are not making sense, it’s vital to ask the right questions. In Psalm 73, the people, in the midst of difficult and seemingly unfair life situations, are dismayed and confused. “Does God realize what is going on?” they ask. “Is the Most High …

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Spiritual Life

What Do You Do When Life Sucks?


What do you do when life sucks? What do you do when it seems everyone and everything is against you? What do you do when your marriage isn’t what you want it to be or you are struggling with your kids? What do you do when your pile of bills is way bigger than you can pay? What do you …

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Small Group Leaders

Why You Should Stop Inviting Jesus to Your Small Group Meetings


“Lord we invite you into our presence.”  I’ve been in lots of small groups–and worship services for that matter–in which leaders began with words like these. Their intentions and hearts were good, but their words revealed what I believe is one of the most overlooked and undervalued kingdom principles that Jesus gave us: “For where two or three come together …

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Spiritual Life

Bribing God


There are some “if … then” passages in the Bible, and it is vital how you interpret and apply them! Here’s one I read this morning: “If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, my Lord would not have listened” (Psalm 66:18, New Living Translation).  Some people interpret this legalistically. In other words, they think, God will not …

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Spiritual Life

When God Puts You on Hold


Quite often, God puts his children on hold. King David experienced this. “I wait quietly before God,” he said in Psalm 62. (Actually, David wrote often about this act of waiting on God.) I’ve experienced this and so have you. Perhaps you’re on hold right now. God is always with us. It’s not as though we’re sitting on hold while …

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Small Group Leaders

Why Don’t We Worship More in Small Groups?


Worship belongs in small groups, but some groups don’t worship together regularly. Why not? ·       Intellectualism.When knowledge of the Bible is the main objective, God gets crowded out. Agendaitusis the problem. The group simply does not have time in their tight schedule for worship and meaningful prayer. They may have Martha’s Syndrome: they are too busy doing things to sit …

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Spiritual Life

While the Nations Rage (RIP Rich Mullins)


Rich Mullins passed away 15 years ago today, when his Jeep crashed near Bloomington, Illinois, on his way to a benefit concert. I did not really know Rich, although I had the opportunity to meet him once and had a meal with him and the band along with a few other friends from Cincinnati Bible College & Seminary after he …

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