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Spiritual Life

How to Experience Real Joy This Christmas (and into the New Year)


How to Experience Real Joy This Christmas and New Year

People talk and sing a lot about joy, especially at this time of year, but as you look around, is there much joy to be found? Most people in the world find joy in sentiment and circumstances and stuff, but the Christian has a different sort of joy—a godly joy. Let’s look at some of the songs of the season …

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Spiritual Life

3 Ways to Deal with Your Stressors Today: Encouragement Letter


My wife, Heidi, has struggled with several stressors in her life this week. So, this morning I sent her a quick email of encouragement. Later I realized that many others may also need encouragement today. Hope this helps: Take time to recognize Jesus’ presence with you; he’ll be with you through every single thing you do today. He is present …

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What to Do With Not Enough _____ (Money, Ability, Compassion, Faith …)


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What do you do when you don’t have enough? Not enough money to pay the bills. Not enough skills or experience for the job you want. Not enough patience or compassion to deal with, much less love, that person in your life. Not enough leadership abilities or knowledge to lead that group or ministry or church or organization. Not enough …

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Spiritual Life

The Day of Overflowing Compassion


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Today is a Day of Overflowing Compassion. To fully understand what happened on this day, it helps to see Jesus’ attitudes, actions, and words before he was put on trial and went to the cross. Once, as he was walking through some towns with his followers, the Bible says that when he saw the crowds, Jesus had compassion on them, …

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The Brazil Cell-Church Conference: What I Learned … #5 – Go with the Flow


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One of my favorite topics to speak on is the principle of overflow. In my training, I use a pitcher to represent God and everything that he wants to pour into us and a glass to represent our lives. I use this illustration to show that God does not simply fill our lives to the full (John 10:10), he fills …

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Trying Hard in the Spiritual Life: Rx for Burnout?


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As Christ-following leaders–of small groups, ministries, churches, families, businesses, ourselves–we know that our relationship with God must come first. If we spend time with him, committed to walking with him, seeking him, and putting his kingdom first, he will take care of everything else and will overflow through us into the lives of those we lead. We know that, don’t …

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The Most Important Thing You Do Today: It’s Not Reading the Bible!


As I opened my Bible and started reading this morning, I had to stop myself after the first stanza of Psalm 104. Something was missing. Rather, someone was missing. I found myself reading to be reading. But that’s not what God’s Word is for. So I stopped reading. I looked out the sliding glass doors that overlook the woods in …

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Big Buts in the Psalms: The Secret to Real Success


In my reading of the Psalms, I’ve encountered several huge buts. The psalmist usually begins the psalm with a lament about his current circumstances, how bad things are, how everything seems to be falling apart. And then the writer uses this simple, three-letter, transitional word … but.But … and though the situation itself hasn’t changed, the psalmist’s attitude does. His outlook and …

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Love & Hate


To be holy is to hate what is unholy. To love a holy God is to hate what is evil. You who love the Lord, hate evil! He protects the lives of his godly people and rescues them from the power of the wicked. (Psalm 97:10, New Living Translation) To hate something (the Hebrew word here is ‏שָׂנֵא‎, sane, pronounced …

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God Is Calling You to Something New Today!


We love brand new things,  but most of us settle for the same old thing.  Sing a new song to the Lord! Let the whole earth sing to the Lord! (Psalm 96:1, New Living Translation) Today is a new day.This is the beginning of a new week.Today could be the beginning of a new life. In what same old ruts are …

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