Posts Tagged ‘purpose’

Know What You Are About

“For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel — not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of…

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A Long Look

“So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God.” (Genesis 45:8) Joseph’s life was not a straight line. Blessed by his father with favor, and by his heavenly Father with the ability to interpret dreams, led to the displeasure of his brothers who probably felt like they were short-changed. They, in turn,…

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Plans Yet Unrealized

“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) I remember the first time I read that verse in college. Clueless of what the next steps would be for my life, it was…

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Emotions Before Faith

“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) Do you really believe this? If so, why do you get so anxious and try to help God out with His plan for us?…

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For the Good

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  (Romans 8:28) We can’t always solve our problems by changing circumstances.  A crisis with an employer arises; what do you do?  Find another job?  A problem with a spouse; what…

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Great Purpose

“I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand.  I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open the eyes of the blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those…

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Aligning with His Purpose

“Again Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21) Appearing behind locked doors, Jesus shows the disciples His scars. But before He does, He speaks to calm their fears, and give them a holy directive. Two different times He says, “Peace be with you!” Think…

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Where Is My Confidence?

“…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6) In the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico, on the sacred and sprawling grounds of a church conference center, I first read those words which the apostle Paul had…

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It Ain’t Over

“When Joshua had grown old, the Lord said to him, ‘You are now very old, and there are still very large areas of land to be taken over.” (Joshua 13:1) It ain’t over, just because you reach a certain age. Regardless of how old you are at this time in your life, don’t think for…

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