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Jesus’ love does not depend upon what we do for him. Not at all. In the eyes of the King, you have value simply because you are. You don’t have to look nice or perform well. Your value is inborn. Period. Think about that for just a minute. You are valuable just because you exist. Not because of what you’ve done, but simply because you are. Remember that the next time you are left bobbing in the wake of someone’s steamboat ambition….or some trickster tries to hang a bargain basement price tag on your self-worth. Remember that the next time someone tries to pass you off as … Listen Now

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Do you remember a time when, as a child, you got lost? You felt the paralyzing fear of looking around and failing to see the north star of your parents’ strong presence. You were lost! These moments of lostness can leave a pit in your stomach and bring fear to your soul. What is even worse is coming to a point in life when we realize that we’ve lost our way as a human being. We’re not sure why we are on this planet. We have no sense of our purpose. It is in these moments we look to God, the Master Storyteller, and discover … Listen Now

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As you discover your place in God’s plan, you make this wonderful discovery: you will graduate from this life into heaven. Jesus’ plan is to “gather together in one all things in Christ” (Ephesians 1:10). All things includes your body. God will reunite your body with your soul and create something unlike anything you have ever seen– an eternal body. You will finally be healthy. You never have been. Even on the days you felt fine, you weren’t. You were a sitting duck for disease, infections, airborne bacteria, and microbes. And what about your worst days? Don’t you hate disease. So does Christ. When Christ appears, scripture tells us, “we shall … Listen Now

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There are so many things we don’t know. We don’t know if the economy will dip or if our team will win. We don’t know what our spouse is thinking or how our kids will turn out. And scripture reminds us we don’t even know “what we ought to pray for” (Romans 8:26). But according to Paul’s words in Romans 8:28, we can be absolutely certain about four things. We know… God works. He is ceaseless and tireless. God works for our ultimate good. God works for the good of those who love him. God works in all things. Not a few things… … Listen Now

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You don’t have to hurry or scurry! The Spirit-led life does not panic– it trusts. In Ephesians 1:19-20, the Apostle Paul reminds us that “God’s power is very great for us who believe. That power is the same as the great strength God used to raise Christ from the dead and put him at his right side in the heavenly world.” The same hand that pushed the rock from the tomb can shove away your doubt. The same power that stirred the still heart of Christ can stir your flagging faith. The same strength that put Satan on his heels can, and will, … Listen Now

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Wait on the Spirit. If Peter and the apostles needed his help, don’t we? They walked with Jesus for three years, heard his preaching, and saw his miracles. They saw the body of Christ buried in the grave and raised from the dead. They witnessed his upper room appearance and heard his instruction. Had they not received the best possible training? Weren’t they ready? Yet Jesus told them to wait on the Spirit. He said in Acts 1:4-5, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised…the Holy Spirit.” Learn to wait, to be silent, to listen for his voice. You don’t … Listen Now

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To walk in the Spirit, respond to the promptings God gives you! Don’t sense any nudging? Just be patient and wait. Jesus told the disciples, “wait for the gift my Father promised—the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1:4-5). Abraham waited for the promised son. Moses waited forty years in the wilderness. Jesus waited thirty years before he began his ministry. God instills seasons of silence in his plan. Winter is needed for the soil to bear fruit. Time is needed for the development of a crop. And disciples wait for the move of God. “God guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way,” a beautiful promise … Listen Now

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Is there anything in your life that needs to be removed? Any impediment to the impression of God’s Spirit? We can grieve the Spirit with our angry words and resist the Spirit in our disobedience. We can test or conspire against the Spirit in our plottings. We can even quench the Spirit by having no regard for God’s teachings. But there is something that helps us stay in step with the Spirit from Galatians 5:22.  We know that the “fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”  They are indicators on our spiritual dashboard. So whenever we sense them, we … Listen Now

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I believe we can make the same mistake the Welsh woman made. She lived many years ago in a remote valley, and felt it worth the cost and trouble to have electricity installed in her home. Several weeks after the installation, the power company noticed she had barely used any electricity. A meter reader went to see her. “Is there a problem?” he asked. “Oh no,” she responded. “We’re quite satisfied. Every night we turn on the electric lights to see how to light our lamps.” We’re prone to do likewise: depend on God’s Spirit to save us but not sustain us. We turn … Listen Now

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We look at other believers and ask, “Why is her life so fruitful and mine so barren?” “Why is his life so powerful and mine so weak?”  “Aren’t we saved by the same Christ?” The answer may be found in the first chapter of the Book of Acts where Jesus told Peter and the other followers, “Wait here to receive the promise from the Father. John baptized people with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1:5). During Jesus’ earthly ministry Jesus lived near the disciples. The Holy Spirit, however, would live in the disciples.  The … Listen Now