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If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  (1 John 1:9) During my seminary days, Bertha Smith, a retired missionary from China who had seen the fire from heaven come on the Chinese people bringing great revival, spoke to one of my…

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Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus… (Romans 8:1) Many people live daily with condemnation. We hear it from others in our workplaces, and some are reminded of falling short of expectations when they arrive home at night. This is a difficult burden to bear. Even harsher is the self-condemnation…

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I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that fully well. (Psalm 139:14) Comparing ourselves to others has become second nature in our culture. We are constantly looking at the people in our neighborhoods, the people at our jobs, and the people we follow on social media to…

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“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1) Our personal development into emotional health and spiritual health takes time. It does not come overnight. Children develop emotionally over time and eventually learn to think in…

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“Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. Your arrows have pierced me, and your hand has come down on me. Because of your wrath there is no health in my body; there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin. My guilt has overwhelmed me like…

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“In your anger do not sin; Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” (Ephesians 4:26-27) I read of a person years ago, in their volatility yell out, “You have made me so think, I can’t mad straight!” Anger is a curious thing.…

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“Blessed are the…” (Matthew 5:3) As I open my heart to hear the Sermon on the Mount, what I hear Jesus saying is, “Take this very personally, Chuck.  Please stop interpreting it as a message to others.  I was thinking of Chuck when I gave it.”  It is about His wanting to form me into…

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“Deliver Israel, O God, from all their troubles!” (Psalm 25:22) Have you ever cried out, “Help, Lord?” This psalm of David was coming from his heart in the midst of great angst.  Although he begins this psalm with a declaration of putting his trust in the Lord, it ends with intercession for his country. Israel…

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“For I will forgive their sins and remember their wickedness no more.”  (Hebrews 8:12) I read a humorous story several years ago about a prisoner who was released from prison after serving his sentence. Released from his cell and past the guard gates, he walked into the fresh air of a brand new, free world.…

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