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Change Scares The Comfortable

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Today, New Year’s day, I sat in a long line of traffic on the Autobahn, at the border of Austria and Germany, waiting to be interrogated by German police officers regarding my citizenship status. I knew I would be experiencing firsts this year, but this I did not expect nor welcome. Being...

Candles

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I’ve been counting candles for three days. Thousands of candles. There is white wax smeared into my carpet and peppering my cat, who insists on sleeping under my feet. Why, you ask? Because, it’s my second choice. God does funny things. My first choice was medicine. After a couple...

You Have To Start

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When I first came to Christ and was brought to my knees about 10 years ago, I received a clear message from the Lord: “Stop.” I was so broken and so devastated by the inner consequences of my way of living that I was ready. “Yes, Lord. I will stop. No more.” But then, a...

Seek God First, Then Seek Others

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In the book of Mark, it is said that a scribe was listening to disputes between Jesus and those standing around him. When he saw that Jesus was answering the disputes well, he was led to ask Jesus a question himself. The scribe asked what the greatest commandment of all was, and Jesus...

Distracted Much?

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At 6:39 p.m., during a small party with friends, I got this text: “Hi, Becca. My list shows you as my writer for tonight’s devo. Is that still the case?” D’oh!! Generally, these devotionals are due at noon the day before they are published. Not only am I one of the...

That Is the Church

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What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. — 1 Corinthians 14:26 Have you ever had a weird day? I mean like weird, weird? The kind of day where you end up with a...

Who is Christ?

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Last Sunday, I had the privilege of hearing Blake Clickner give a sermon on the identity and common misconceptions of the person of Christ Jesus. Christians are commonly challenged with the question, “Who is Christ?” When I was a child, I easily accepted the idea that there was a...

Hearing His Voice

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“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”— John 10:27-28 My grandfather owned about 1,000 acres of cattle ranch in central Texas that he and my...

Why Choose Darkness?

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When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”— John 8:12 What is darkness, but the absence of light? What is sin, but the absence of Christ? Over and over...

The Impossible Loving Standard

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All of humanity, believers and nonbelievers alike, find ourselves continually striving to live by an invisible standard and continually falling short. Without God, we find it’s much like fighting to swim upstream, becoming exhausted, floating with the current for a while, and then flailing...

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