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Inquire of the Lord

I am fascinated with the way the biblical scribes depict decisions being made by Israel’s kings. When I read, “and he inquired of the Lord,” I already know that I am about to read another victory. David is the best at continually inquiring of the Lord before battles...

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More Like Jesus

Predestined to be like Jesus What is the purpose of our lives? Is it to be happy? Is it to be healthy? Is it only to be saved from hell? No, there’s more. We are “predestined to become conformed to the image of” Jesus. To be holy as He is holy and to be used in this...

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The Fall Feasts

Hag Sameach to all of you! Happy Holidays! We have entered the Fall Feasts. Last Sunday was Yom Teruakh – Day of Blowing – Feast of Trumpets. Wednesday of next week is Yom Kippur. It is the Day of Atonement, one of the holiest days of God’s calendar year. It is the...

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Shameless Prayer

Amazing when you consider it! Jesus has asked us to be shamelessly persistent, shamelessly audacious in prayer. You see, there was this man and his family who were already in bed for the night when a friend of his had unexpected guests arrive and he had nothing to...

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Rulers of the Kings of the Earth

Ruler of the kings of the earth Revelation 1:5 I like that verse! Jesus is the Ruler of the kings of the earth! No one gets into power in any country without His knowledge and even His permission. He will work everything to His glory! “The Most High is Sovereign over...

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In Your Presence

I was sitting in the prayer room alone, scanning through Scripture to pray into existence what God has ordained. I paused already in Exodus 33 where Moses is having this conversation with the LORD (something I hope all of us have regularly). "Teach me your ways,"...

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Radiance

While in Israel recently I had an encounter that reminded me of the scripture describing Moses after he had been with God. ”He was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD” (Exodus 34:29). A young man whom I had not seen in months walked...

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If I Should Ever Be…

I have been re-reading Daniel. I have never been more encouraged through the reading than I have this time. I was struck by the concept of bringing Daniel’s experience into my own life, and it is giving fresh strength to my faith. If I should ever need to recall...

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Three Keys to Spiritual Growth

These are not the only ones, but I have found three that have been life-changing for me as I continue to desire to be all that God wants me to be. They are not new to anyone who has been walking with me for a while: 1. Know your destiny! You are predestined to be...

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Read Aloud

Read the Word aloud! Nashville just experienced two weeks of reading the Word of God aloud together at various events. For the third year, different ones of us took segments of Scripture and read them aloud into the airwaves over Middle Tennessee. Then we gathered...

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The Scale

I just read Jack Deere’s latest book, Even in Our Darkness, an amazing, raw life story of the Lord’s persistent and constant love in our brokenness. Though Jack had a major impact within the believing community in his earlier years, he went totally into seclusion...

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Invite the Holy Spirit

I find that I have an unusual propensity for making snap judgments or decisions without “inquiring of the Holy Spirit.” I know very well that “my [Jesus] sheep listen to my voice (John 10:27),” and “whoever belongs to God hear what God says (John 8:47).” Yet, I find...

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Lean In Through The Hardships

I brought a message to the Belmont Church years ago, based on four words out of Hebrews 12: Endure hardship as discipline. It was a fine message, perhaps even well crafted, but it’s easy to talk when you’ve never really experienced what you are talking about. Oh yes,...

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God’s Direct Line

“A cheerful heart is good medicine” Proverbs 17:22 Let me give you a nice “holy land laugh!” One time, when Tod and I arrived with Micah and Steve Allen in Tel Aviv, our phones were not working, because of a new ruling about foreigners’ telephone accounts in Israel....

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From Anxiety to Rejoicing

I have had some sciatica flare-ups and other such challenges lately that are new to me. I was sitting before the Lord this morning and began journaling (and I'm not even very good at journaling). Then I looked at what I had written and thought, "Wait a minute! I think...

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Everything!

God works everything for our good. Really? Everything? Bad things? Evil? Accidents? Sicknesses? Pain? Deaths? Divorce? Our own failures? Everything! It’s easy most of the time to believe this. I can generally push through and know that - somehow in some way - God...

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The Path to Faith

The Path to Faith Someone recently asked me how I came to believe. Interesting question. In my case, like many people, I had what might be called an “inherited childhood faith,” but inherited faith is not sufficient for life. When, as a young adult, I had that crisis...

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“Be Joyful in Hope”

“Be joyful in Hope” Romans 12:12 The Bible is a book of hope. Depression moves in rapidly if we lose hope. “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:31). That’s good! “Those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land” (Psalm 37:9). I like that...

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