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Article by Jonathan Parnell

God is faithful. We’ve all heard these words.

We’ve read them, said them, and sung them. And we’ve felt them.

God’s faithfulness is a palatable experience of his love. It’s his love tasted and seen in our history. It’s the mechanics of his love wired to fulfill his promises for our good. In fact, God’s faithfulness and his steadfast love are so closely intertwined that in Psalm 33 they’re basically the same.

The word of the Lord

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By Ernie and Mary Kroeger

"The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love." (1 John 4:8)
"God is love." This sentence has been quoted over and over again, but have we ever considered what this actually means? Since God is love, the very essence of His being is love. If we do not love, we do not know God, for we cannot know God without receiving His love. We may know many things about God, but that does not prove that we know Him. Loving others is the proof that we know Him.

This lov

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Today's Challenge:  Resist the urge to take the religious route!  It may make you feel righteous and Holy...but it doesn't bring you any closer to God and it doesn't make you any better.  Draw near to God...Focus your attention and Him and by doing so, you will find the freedom to be who he has called you to be and you will discover the new life that springs from a new Heart.  It's All About Knowin Him...and then Makin Him Known to others
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...and that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we'll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.  Be prepared. You're up against far more th
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Daily Devotional: Praise Him!

 
 
Good people, cheer God! 
Right-living people sound best when praising.
   Use guitars to reinforce your Hallelujahs!
      Play his praise on a grand piano!
   Invent your own new song to him;
      give him a trumpet fanfare.
 
    For God's Word is solid to the core;
      everything he makes is sound inside and out.
   He loves it when everything fits,
      when his world is in plumb-line true.
   Earth is drenched
      in God's affectionate satisfaction.
 
    The skies were made by G
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10 Things Christians Can Do Everyday

10 things Christians can do everyday

  1. Treat others as you would have them treat you:
    Treat other people in the manner that you want them to treat you. This is a hallmark of Christianity. Be kind to people, even when they are unkind to you. That way, you set an example for them, you become a representative of the Christian faith.

    "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you" - Jesus, as quoted in Matthew 7:12 (NIV)


    2. Help people:
    In Matthew 25:34-40, Jesus tells us th
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All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it's not only around us; it's within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We're also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don't see what is enlarging us. Bu
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Daily Devotional: Love -vs- Sex

 
 
 
Love Love Love Love So Lovely...

There's more to sex than mere skin on skin.
Sex is as much spiritual mystery as physical fact.
As written in Scripture, "The two become one."
Since we want to become spiritually one with the Master,
we must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment
and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever—
the kind of sex that can never "become one."
 
There is a sense in which sexual sins are different from all others.
In sexual sin we violate the sacrednes
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"There was once a man who had two sons. The younger said to his father, 'Father, I want right now what's coming to me. So the father divided the property between them.
 
It wasn't long before the younger son packed his bags and left for a distant country. There, undisciplined and dissipated, he wasted everything he had. After he had gone through all his money, there was a bad famine all through that country and he began to hurt. He signed on with a citizen there who assigned him to his fiel
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by Tesse Wilson  

 

 

Jesse did not think he was much of a speaker. He stuttered a lot since he was a child, especially when he was nervous. This was something he was conscious of and felt embarrassed about. But he could not say opportunity. Two weeks ago he was invited to share something positive with inmates  at the prison where he served a twelve year sentence.

 

Jesse whispered a silent prayer asking God for his help as he alighted his vehicle.  He became very emotional as he entered the pri

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Daily Devotional: Got Word?

 

 

“Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
 
 
  If ya wanna be healthy and grow in your relationship with God...it's gonna be kind of hard if you don't spend some time reading and digesting His Word.  We all seem to be busy most of the time and often it is our reading and study time that gets cut.  Take the time and make the time to read and study...this is the technological age get your word on cd or in mp3 form
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Daily Devotional: For You....

 
 

If you've gotten anything at all out of following Christ,
if his love has made any difference in your life,
if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you,
 if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor:
 Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends.
Don't push your way to the front;
don't sweet-talk your way to the top.
Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead.
Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage.
Forget yourselves long enough to lend a he
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Daily Devotional: A Higher Love

 

 

 But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced  the Sadducees, 
  they gathered themselves together. One of them, a lawyer, 
  asked Him a question, testing Him,
 "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?"
  And He said to him, " 
 
'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, 
AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.'
 
 
 "This is the great and foremost commandment.
 "The second is like it, 
 
   'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.'
   "On these t
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Jesus said, "I tell you most solemnly that anyone who chooses a life of sin is trapped in a dead-end life and is, in fact, a slave. A slave is a transient, who can't come and go at will. The Son, though, has an established position, the run of the house. So if the Son sets you free, you are free through and through.      -John 8:34-36



  As un-believers we were all the slaves of sin...but Thank God there is Freedom through Jesus Christ!  Jesus said who ever He sets Free is Free Indeed. That
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You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
   "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come ne
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All praise, honor and glory be-long
To the God who's strong with authority
He's matchless, this rap is lyrically graphic
Cause it's a tactic to speak truth so you can grasp it
 
(The Tonic)
If you can grasp this
You can live in fullness in between your birth date and your death date
Where the dash is
And your casket or your fancy grave brick
Can be the hot spot where the cherubim sit
'Til the Father says, "Roll back the stone bring him to the thrown,
Yea, cause where He laid his heart is hi
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Daily Devotional: Speechless...

 

literally....

   "I'm speechless, in awe—words fail me.
   I should never have opened my mouth!
I've talked too much, way too much.
   I'm ready to shut up and listen."
                                                                              Job 40:3

  In the above passage, prior to Job being rendered speechless...he had approached and questioned God.  When God begins to respond Job snaps back to reality and realizes who he is talking to.  When confronted with God's awe, power and majesty
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