Beloved of the Lord

“Many young adults in our society, having grown up in angry or broken homes or with parents who were more concerned to make money than to nurture their children, are starved for the true love that only God can give. If our worship is truly immersed in the splendor of...

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For I Know the Plans

One of the practices we encourage to work on regularly is the synonym/antonym exercise: taking short passages of scripture that speak to your heart, personalizing them (where God speaks directly to you), and then replacing some of the words that are significant to you with synonyms or antonyms. This helps...

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When Under Great Pressure

“We have the idea that God is going to do some exceptional thing, that He is preparing and fitting us for some extraordinary thing by and bye, but as we go on in grace we find that God is glorifying Himself here and now, in the present minute. If we...

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My Aching Heart

I’m sure you’ve had it happen to you. Someone shares a deeply personal pain with you and your heart just aches. Isn’t it fascinating how an emotional reaction can cause a part of our body, even an inner organ, to ache—long for, yearn, hurt—as if that part of our body...

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The Mission of Music

“Music, a gift we share with the angels, has the power to bypass rational thought and plunge us into unselfconscious innocence.” (Mike Mason, Champagne for the Soul) Many have said that music touches them in a profound way. As the poet writes: “Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast,...

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