The Prodigal Father’s Unconditional Love

The amazing love of God is the real focal point in the famous parable of the Prodigal Son. The father in that story had two sons who both believed their father loved them conditionally. The younger son believed he was disqualified from his father’s love because of his bad behavior. When he returned after wasting…

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Joy!

When we are daily faced with a barrage of negative words and acts throughout the world, it is almost counter-intuitive to embody a joyful spirit. Yet true joy—Godly JOY—comes from knowing the One who is ever remaining in love, peace, and joy. In the book Every Thing You Ever Wanted to Know About Heaven, Dr….

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An Invitation to Come

Pause for a moment . . . and hear the Lord (through your own voice!) extend His invitation to you through the verses below. Speak these verses out loud, perhaps multiple times. Let His voice and Spirit touch your heart. Don’t just read the words, but take your time while soaking in them and listening…

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Meditations on Three Advent Hymns

The season of Advent is a 4-week period of time in the Christian church calendar leading up to Christmas Day. It traditionally begins on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. It is a time of anticipation as we think on the many prophecies of the Messiah found in the Old Testament and how the Israelites watched for…

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I Have Chosen You

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 nurture being loved by the…

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The Call of Christ

In thinking about the call of Christ, that is the vocation and mission he calls us to, there is a tendency to put future potential at the forefront of our motivations. We think of all those who are in need, all those who could benefit from having a relationship with the Lord Jesus, all the…

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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 God, then His love for…

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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 have God’s say-so behind us,…

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Do You Love Jesus?

“The only way to survive in ministry is to steadfastly refuse to be interested in ministry and to be interested only in Jesus Christ.” – Oswald Chambers Do you love Jesus? I expect your answer is a resounding “Yes!” So let your heart be strengthened and encouraged by these words of love from the Father’s…

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Why Wait?

Why wait? Why be still? In the book Total Surrender, Mother Teresa writes: “Seek silence, in order to hear God and follow Him more closely, in this way: silence of our eyes, silence of our ears, silence of our tongues, silence of our minds, silence of our hearts. Quiet all that is not of God…

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