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Call of Duty for Christ Followers


Today: Proverbs 20  If you are a follower of Christ, war is not an option. You have a real enemy. You have a battle to fight. If you are not fighting now, it’s either because: (a) the enemy does not see you as a threat to him, (b) the battle is waging, but you are either unaware of it (most …

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Do You Love Your Dross?


Today: Proverbs 17 If you can’t stand the heat, get out of God’s kitchen! He’s cooking up something good, but it’s going to get really hot! Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the Lord tests the heart (Proverbs 17:3, New Living Translation). What about you and me will be consumed by the refining fire and burned away? …

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Waiting for God to Answer


Today: Proverbs 13 I sometimes act like a whiny adolescent when I ask my Father for something. This is what I want, and I want it now! I may not pray those words, but God knows all about my attitude. Why aren’;t you answering my prayer, Lord?  I ask.  I mean, I know this is inside your will. I know …

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Top 3 Ways to Get Wisdom: Day 8 in Proverbs


Today: Proverbs 8 Solomon gives voice to Wisdom in this chapter. We get to hear what Wisdom would say to us, and mostly it is to seek her. How do we receive Wisdom? First, through God’s Word. It is our primary resource for getting Wisdom; God gave us Scripture so we might gain Wisdom and know how to live the …

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Step-by-Step Trust


Jesus calls you and me to follow him on this path of life, and that decision takes trust. Not just that first primary decision to start following him, but also the daily, minute-by-minute, step-by-step decisions to follow him. As I’ve read through the Psalms lately, trust is a continual refrain. In fact, it’s a refrain throughout the Bible. Today in …

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Facing Fear? Need Reassurance? Read This!


There are days when life feels so heavy and scary. Let’s face it, even as a Christ-follower and a leader, there are days when you face the future with great fear rather than great faith. I have faced days like these, and today is one of them. As I read through the Psalms, I gain some solace in knowing that …

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The Shortcut: A Parable on the Path of Life


Over the years, I’ve come to realize that I don’t know this trail very well. I don’t have any idea what is around the next corner, and the corners are many. It’s dangerous. It’s an adventure. I’m hiking on someone else’s land. I’m a visitor on these trails, so I have no rights to go wherever I please and do …

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Stay on the Path!


There’s a basic principle in mountain biking–and life–that I need to relearn once in a while. It’s so basic I tend to overlook it’s vitality. Here it is: Stay on the path.   Mountain biking trails are full of ups and downs, small and large obstacles, rocky climbs and drops … and that’s what makes the ride fun! I can …

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Experiencing Excessive Misery and Joy Simultaneously


Can a person experience anguish and joy at the same time? These two emotions are polar opposites, right? This morning as I read Psalm 31, I was surprised a bit by verse 7, written by King David, a man whose sight was blurred because of his tears (v. 9). He said he was dying from grief and misery had drained …

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When God Is Silent …


Sometimes God seems silent and distant. Let’s just admit it. We cry out for his help, for answers, for him to come through for us, and … nothing. Or so it seems. This can feel defeating, disheartening, lonely. But there are answers. I take some solace in the fact that people in Bible times also went though times of silence …

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