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A plenty good savior

Category: Spiritual Life

  It seems as of late that as I listen and hear the needs and longing of others, my heart desire is for them to experience fulfillment of Jesus much more than my heart longs or desires to provide tangible items to relieve them from their burden. In years past I struggled to fulfill a lie...

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Holy Week: Repentance (Part 4)

Category: Spiritual Life

4. Witness and Worship The fourth and final aspect of repentance that we see from Psalm 51 is witness and worship. ...I will teach transgressors your ways,
     and sinners will return to you.     ...my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.O Lord...

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Tags: witness, worship, repentance, resurrection

Holy Week: Repentance (Part 3)

Category: Spiritual Life

3. Wait for Joy The third third aspect of repentance we see in Psalm 51 is that David waited for joy. He asked this of God: Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
     wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.Let me hear joy and gladness;
     let the...

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Tags: sin, repentance, joy, forgiveness

Holy Week: Repentance (Part 2)

Category: Spiritual Life

2. Get to the Root The second aspect of repentance we see in Psalm 51 is David getting to the root of sin. He gets bluntly and absolutely honest with God: For I know my transgressions,      and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned      and...

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Holy Week: Repentance (Part 1)

Category: Spiritual Life

Psalm 51 is the classic text of repentance. The context is that David—God's chosen and anointed King, a man after God's own heart—is in a mess of his own sin. This is not enemies attacking him, this is not his family turning their backs on him. This is David's deliberate, chosen...

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Tags: grace, repentance, forgiveness, sin

Breathing is Necessary

Category: Spiritual Life

Learning to breathe sabbath into our lives...

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Tags: sabbath

Praying through Pain

Category: Spiritual Life

When the temperature drops, my daily pain level rises. I don’t like to talk about it because the more I think about it, the more I feel it. I’ve discovered that distraction is the best pain reliever I have and have been striving to remain distracted. I try to stay in my head so I...

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Tags: pain, prayer

Harking My Soul - Letting the Gospel of Advent Saturate My Heart

Category: Spiritual Life

Harking our souls is the hardest thing to do in the familiar background music of Advent...

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Praying & Fasting for the Bridegroom

Category: Spiritual Life

Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is...

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Tags: fasting, prayer, discipleship

How Servants Rest

Category: Spiritual Life

It’s incredible to me how much a person can change in a relatively short period of time. September was one of those times for me. I was enormously blessed by my church family – the whole of September was a sabbatical for me. I approached this time with an agenda. I was going to...

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Tags: rest, sabbatical, identity, servant

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