shame

Why you don’t have to carry shame anymore.

If God has forgiven every sin we will ever commit during our lifetime, what biblical option does that leave for us in regard to how we relate to sin?  In a word, get over it! It is astounding to see the preoccupation that the modern church has with sin despite the fact that Jesus came “to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” […]

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Why solitude is actually important.

Solitude is often avoided at all costs in contemporary culture, despite its biblical and historical precedent as an integral part of communion with God. The Bible records occasions when Jesus, Himself, withdrew into a solitary place. (See Mark 1:35; Luke 4:42) If Jesus thought it necessary to withdraw from the demands on his time and ministry, how much more important must it be to […]

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Why doesn’t God rescue us from pain?

Jesus once said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32). What is the truth about how God’s love for us is related to the personal pain we will experience in our lives? There are several strands in the cord of divine truth concerning suffering which offer a lifeline of hope for ongoing intimacy with God in the […]

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What happens when you make a mistake?

Intimacy with God is challenging if you believe that you’ve made an irrevocable mistake that has brought His disapproval.  When we’ve made choices that we believe have fouled things up, it’s hard to really believe that God will give us the very best we might have had otherwise.  We sometimes tend to think that even though He will bless us, it won’t be as […]

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How Meditation Cultivates A Prayer Life

Prayer was  a discipline, something to do because the Bible says to do it. I felt guilty about it, but I didn’t particularly want to pray much of the time. I wanted to want to pray, but when I prayed it was often an intellectual exercise aimed at producing a positive spiritual outcome. It was classic legalistic prayer — put something into it, just […]

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The Biggest Reason We Don’t Feel Close to God

I was hungry to experience deep intimacy with Jesus Christ, but had become distracted by my busy lifestyle. I had allowed the mechanics of “living a Christian life” to suffocate the exhilarating awareness of the indwelling presence of Christ. The enemy had used his classic weapon against me – causing me to focus more on “the Christian life” than on Christ Himself. I sincerely […]

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3 Ways to Pray Without Words.

The question must be answered, “Do you really want to experience intimacy with God through prayer or is it simply a wish, a nice thought in theory? I have tried to make clear in various teachings that it isn’t by your own self-discipline that intimacy through prayer grows. However, grace doesn’t mean that we are inactive in matters of spiritual progress either. To the […]

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Divine Love is Foolishness.

The French Easter liturgy says, “L’amour de Dieu est folie” – the love of God is foolishness.  For the person who seriously considers the depth and breadth of divine love, there can be no other conclusion. From the human perspective, the love of God is foolishness. It makes no sense in an ordinary human paradigm of love. The presence of human love is generally […]

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Do We Need to Focus on Overcoming Our Sins?

One could easily come to the conclusion that the most important subject among believers is sin based on the widespread popularity of the topic in popular Christian books, sermons, and Bible studies. Sin management often seems to be the reason for public ministry, and it appears to be the most important goal many who follow Jesus have embraced for their lives. Overcoming sinful actions […]