A Living Sacrifice Requires Inner Honesty

Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom. (Psalm 51:6 NASB) How do you respond to this verse? Do you figure you’re an honest person and therefore God will give you wisdom? Maybe you acknowledge that God desires inner truth and you have that…

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No Resuscitation!

During my college years, I heard a preacher say, “There’s a problem with living sacrifices—they keep crawling off the altar.”  Yep.   Have you ever offered all of yourself to God and then took it back when it became troublesome or inconvenient? Crawled right off that altar, didn’t you? Paul knew all about this struggle:…

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Save Your Life by Losing It

“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:25.NASB)   Has God ever asked you to give up something that you enjoyed? Some might say this can never happen. After all, He promises to give us good things.

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Choose Life by Choosing to Die

  My pastor jokes about getting business cards that say, “We just want to help you die.”   A bit macabre, is it? But it’s true. One main function of the church is to help us die to self. And that dying leads us to true life. God always calls us to choose life. “I…

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Are You Your Own God?

Have you ever run into the old “brick wall” that stopped your progress cold? How about a “marsh” that slowed your steps? Did you ask God what you should do or did you decide to take matters into your own hands?   This frustrating behavior pattern is rampant in those of us who have had…

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Lessons from My Cat

I’ve read lots of articles about how children can show us lessons about having a relationship with God. Some have even written about what they learned from dogs. But cats? Absolutely!

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Where Does Your Value Lie?

I recently was reamed by someone who thought I shouldn’t charge for my services as a Biblical counselor/prayer minister. The next thing I knew, I was having serious doubts about my own value. My rates are low, my experience is wide, and my ability to hear from God is deep. But was I valuable enough…

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Is God Your Daddy?

When I was young, I felt as though all the talk referring to God as “Daddy” were irreverent at best and blasphemous at worst. How could people talk about the Creator of the Universe in such a common term?

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Is Your Soul Like a Weaned Child?

I wonder how many people have the mindset that a good relationship with God should be easy: He is Love. He doesn’t judge us harshly for our shortcomings and sins. He calls us “Beloved.”

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How Can I Improve my Relationship with God?

In the series on Loneliness, I talked about loving by laying down your soul. Of course, most of the emphasis was on doing this for other people. But what about loving God? Is that just a feeling that comes and goes? Is it something you have to drum up? Well, there is some effort involved.…

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