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God Is The God Of Our Going And Staying

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I had to laugh in church on Sunday when Paul McDill preached at the Sunnyvale campus about going and staying. There are few things in my life that I have more experience with. I’ve lived in 18 different places, in two countries and five states. We’ve lived in seven different places...

Sanctification In Real Time

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Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of...

Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ

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Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. — Romans...

Life's Not Fair!

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Most people have said that life isn’t fair. We’ve all heard someone else say it. People often think they are getting less than they deserve or worse than they deserve. They are good in one way or another, yet something bad is happening to them anyway. They declare that life is not...

Free Indeed!

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So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.— John 8:36 To live a resurrected life is to live with freedom and joy. Why do so many of us live as though we are still slaves, as unfree people? I, myself, had recently become enslaved to fear in a specific situation, and I...

Different Kinds Of Working

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“Would you like to teach children’s Sunday School?” the director of children’s ministry asked me. “No,” I responded. Her stunned look was priceless. I don’t think she got very many direct noes when she asked for volunteers. Certainly her requests had...

Authentic Community

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Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. — James 5:16 Since becoming a Christian when I was 14, I have been in a number of important Christian communities, including confirmation...

Begin with Praise

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Nehemiah prayed before he went to the king on behalf of his people. He began this prayer with praise: “Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments…” (Nehemiah 1:5). He went on to confess...

This Prophet’s Word is Love

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When we think about prophets from Old Testament times, we usually think about people who spoke for God. In those days, prophecies were often about God’s wrath about the people’s sin, and the need for repentance. Jesus was also a prophet — but a very different kind. Like Old...

Rest Is God's Best

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I have a list of life priorities. In the God category, I’ve included devotion, study and writing. The fourth item in that category is rest. When I originally wrote the list, rest was not on it. I added it after further deliberation about what I thought my highest priorities should be...

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