Do you know the spiritual season you are in? It will help if you do. Looking for the fruit of Summer in the middle of Winter, will leave you disappointed. Trying to hold on to parts of your life in Fall, when emotional leaves fall away, will make you frustrated. We all need to be…

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Men love darkness; yet the God who is light, still loves men. Perhaps the greatest miracle that can take place in a person’s heart, is going from loving darkness to loving light. If there’s a greater miracle than that, I’ve never seen it. The Bible says, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light…

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Every day, God is trying to communicate with us—deep down in our spirit. The question I ask myself is, “Am I listening?” An unbelieving planet resists loudly, while the Kingdom of faith persists quietly. Romanian pastor, Richard Wurmbrand, spent 14 years in a communist prison for his faith. He once wrote, “The one thing you Americans…

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Are you frustrated about something? How you’d you like to get the most out of your frustrations? I’m not joking. Frustrations are actually doorways to our destiny. Until we see our lives from God’s point of view, we’ll never understand the good that’s possible because of these frustrations. If we obsess over the pain and…

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All of us want to hear the voice of God. The inner voice that leads and guides our life. I’ve never heard God’s audible voice, but His inner voice and witness has been alive in my heart for 48 years, since I let Jesus be the Lord of my life. Jesus said, “My sheep hear My…

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Wouldn’t you like to never be disappointed? We all would! But, it will require you coming to terms with what God wants for your life? What’s His motive; His heart; His ultimate intention? It’s important that you and I know this! No parent wants their children to fail in life. We all want them to…

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All of us think we know what’s best, but we rarely do. We pray, “God, if you would just do this or that, then my life will be blessed!” We bring a wish list to God, looking for Him to sign off on our requests, As if we actually know better than He does. Frankly, I don’t…

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The “I Don’t Know-ness of God”  All of us, at times, struggle to admit when we are wrong. But, admit it or not, being wrong is a universal human condition. There is, however, one area we can admit to. Either we’ll realize that our assumption was wrong, or, frankly, that we just don’t know the…

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Are you experiencing an unthinkable situation? Life is filled with them! We don’t mind the “good unthinkables”: we get an inheritance, we’re healed, we fall in love, or we even accept God’s forgiveness. But it’s the seemingly “bad unthinkables”: the left hooks: the sudden death of a loved one, divorce, bankruptcy, chronic pain, or a…

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Do you think God answering your prayers will make your day? It won’t! You’ll just ask Him for something else. And the merry-go-round will continue! It’s actually the road to perpetual un-fulfillment. The satisfaction you and I looking for doesn’t come from God answering our prayers, it comes from learning to love and trust Him…

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Are you trying to measure up to God? Ha! You must be exhausted! Because you and I will never do it! Remember, He’s perfect, and as I’m sure you’ve noticed, we’re not. But, as we grow more attached to His perfection, we’ll be less stumbled by our own imperfection. The goal in life is not…

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Are you begging God to help you? Don’t. It’s a waste of time. He doesn’t answer prayers of unbelief. Are you asking God to reveal Himself to you? Now, that’s awesome! It’s a great prayer! But we shouldn’t be surprised if God doesn’t give us new revelations of Himself until we are obedient to the…

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You and I have never seen anything eternal with our natural eyes. This world is the matrix. The real world is invisible and can Only be seen with eyes of faith. So, in order to change the visible realm, we must learn to see into the invisible. Why? Because, this world is not our final…

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Are you convinced God wants you to be successful? He absolutely does! But only He knows what success looks like. We have no idea. We’d chase after rainbows, looking for pots of gold, only to realize we were chasing the wind and worthless illusions. God is a good Father, Sure He wants us to experience…

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Are you facing mountains of pain and discouragement? Does a mass of misery threaten to bankrupt your entire investment in God? Don’t let it! It’s been powerfully said, “Stop telling God how big your mountains are, and start telling your mountains how big your God is.” Life always comes down to a show down. A…

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After pastoring The Rock of Roseville church for 21 years, Francis retires a few months shy of his 70th birthday. He invites a packed house of 500 of his friends and family to celebrate. As the evening closes, he surprises everyone, puts the pulpit on its side, and crowd surfs out.

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Do you feel like the rug has been pulled out from under you? It happens to all of us. When God’s at work in our lives, He prunes away what is dead and dying! When it’s a vast, eternal work, sometimes He uses bulldozers. At times, the experience can be so overwhelming we think we’ll…

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Are you embracing the season you are in? If not, you’re missing God’s best for you. I’ve squandered too many wonderful days, in magnificent places, with fascinating people, because I was unable to get my heart around what was happening, and instead longed for what was not. I’ll never get those days back, but I’m…

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Please don’t dismiss what I’m about to say, without hearing me out. Are you waiting for God to answer your prayers? It’s a complete waste of time! I’m waiting on God . . . not what He can do for me! God’s not my sugar daddy. The purpose of prayer is not to get answers,…

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How would you like everything in your life to work for your good? It can happen! As a matter of fact, it’s actually God’s will for every one of us! God promises that all things will work together for our good, if two things are taking place: if we love Him more than anyone or…

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Are you and I blaming God for the challenges in our lives? It’s really a dead end! If we’re blaming God, it means we’re not trusting Him, but are being overwhelmed by the circumstances that challenge us every day. It means I’ve believed some lie about who God really is, and His heart for me.…

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If pleasure’s the goal in life, then everyone wins something…a measure of pleasure! The devil’s happy to give us the pleasures of Connecticut and Vermont Avenues, as long as he gets to keep Boardwalk and Park Place. But, if you’ve ever played Monopoly, you know that Connecticut and Vermont Avenues are basically worthless, while Boardwalk…

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A pastor friend of mine asked his congregation what fruit of God’s Spirit they believed was most actively working in their lives. Out of the hundreds of responses, one fruit was glaringly absent: self-control. You may never train a lion, but there’s one thing you need to train: and that’s your soul! Each day I…

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Are you optimistic about your life, or pessimistic? That’s an important question. How you answer it will reveal not just how your day plays out, but how your life plays out. Long ago, I settled in my heart to try and live as an optimist. Why? Because God is the greatest Optimist of all. I…

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I once heard some jolting news that could have been received as completely overwhelming. But God in His mercy quickly reminded me of my only responsibility. As I was marinating with concern about the seemingly insoluble issue I was facing, He spoke clearly to my heart, “You are in charge of the Respond Well Department,…

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