Union with God

“Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. – John 5:19 (NIV) I don’t know about you, but I do a lot each day by myself….not “as I see the Father doing” How do we reach this oneness with God, where we only do what the Father desires of us? Surrender might be high on the list.

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Victory over Death & Sin at Easter

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit. 1 Peter 3:18 ESV ~~~ At Easter we celebrate a great victory at a terrible cost.   The agonizing work Christ completed on the cross and His miraculous resurrection from death’s grip changed literally everything. For followers of Christ, Jesus’ victory over Satan and death is the trigger

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A Heart that Reflects the King

Nature sometimes shouts about God.   While enjoying this lake at a retreat recently, I noticed something quite simple and wonderful. When the water was calm, the surface nearly perfectly reflected the beauty of the shoreline.  If the  shoreline represents God, we want to reflect Him, just as this water reflects the trees.  When our souls are at peace, filled with His joy, the life of Christ comes through us so clearly. So all of us who have had that

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Removing the Refuse Around the Heart

If you are a gardener or someone who loves the beauty of nature in a yard, you know that weeds, dead leaves, overgrown vines and yard clippings have to be taken out. Large brown bags from home stores line our street as evidence that we have to do something with the refuse, the weeds…the junk. We too have to take out the weeds and overgrown vines that sometimes lurk near our heart and influence our actions and thinking.  These weeds move

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Give me a pure heart, oh God.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. – Psalm 51:10 (NIV) This plea from King David was his response after his affair with Bathsheba.   When facing his sin, he turned to God and cried out for a clean heart.  We too can follow David’s example, turn to God and seek a pure heart. But the enemy wants us to dwell on our sin…to lay in shame and wallow in our unfaithfulness.  He wants us to delay our confession and

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Motivations of the Heart

The heart is often described as the inner self but it’s also known as the center of our motivations.  In other words, whatever you do or think, the underlying motivation or intent comes from your heart, not your mind. The Bible says that the word of God can discern the thoughts and intentions (motivations) of the heart. For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and

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A Tender Heart Towards God

My brother Jim is a really great cook.  He’s so good he was on NBC’s cooking show Food Fighters and won against some nationally known chefs. So, I had a question for him about the heart.  I’ve been thinking about the fact that when we don’t pay attention to our hearts they sometimes become hardened and tasteless, like a hard piece of steak lacking the flavor and tenderness. Jim said, “I think about how you can take a very tough piece of meat, like brisket or

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Guard Your Heart

“Above all else, guard your heart, for from it flow all the issues of life“. – Proverbs 4:23 Last week, we looked at the idea that our heart is the most important part of who we are and that we need to be sensitive to it and guard it.  While the world elevates and encourages us to operate from our mind, the Bible says that it’s the heart that’s truly at the center of our being – the true source of all life.

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Antidotes for the Monday Blues – Part 2

This is Part 2 of a blog series related to how to overcome the Monday blues…to see our work from a new perspective.   God is omni-present – that means He can be found wherever you go….office, car, errands, meetings or lunch.  God is personally inviting each of us to abide intimately with Him all the time, not just when we pray or go to church. In Part 1, we considered what it means to see our work from a spiritual perspective…..doing everything

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Antidotes to the Monday Blues – Part 1

I’m going to guess that the Monday blues have been around forever. I wonder if people in the 8th century rose from their straw mats on Mondays and dreaded the work ahead of them. Planting, hunting for food, getting firewood and fighting off wild beasts. As a modern society, however, we seem even more cynical and disinterested in work. Why are so few people eager to go to work on Mondays? Surely, we need an antidote to the Monday blues. I’ve had many days

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