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Does God Keep Score?

Perhaps the greatest ruin that came to mankind in the fall is man’s distorted, perverted perception of God. Since that day, the religions of the world have built gods from the materials of their own shamed minds. Not knowing the truth of the God of Grace, they have created gods who are demanding in their expectations and quick to punish when those expectations are […]

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Your God is looking forward to your coming.

“He is looking forward to my coming.” Have you ever thought of it in those terms? Most people think about how happy we will be to see our God face to face, but have you considered how anxious He is to see you? Christians are called the bride of Christ in the New Testament. One day He will come again and we will be united […]

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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 […]