Category Archives: Walking with God

It’s not the way you think it is

Delusional self-confidence based on self-accomplishment is not far removed from self-righteousness. It’s an insidiously deadly poison that can be… Continue reading

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Meet the citizens of heaven

It might surprise some to meet the true citizens of heaven. Many religious leaders “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces” (Matthew 23:13). Jesus said of them,  “You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. ….You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are” (Matthew 23:14-15). Jesus said to these religious leaders, “religious leaders “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces” (Matthew 23:13). Jesus said,  “You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. …Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you” (Matthew 21:31). Continue reading

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7 resources for spiritual maturity

Spiritual growth requires looking ahead and looking back. Continue reading

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Our forgiving God

Remind yourself often of these truths “If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness.” (Psalm 131:3-4) “The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have … Continue reading

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Discontentment can sneak up on you

Diminished hope easily leads to a deflated spirit of resignation that gradually becomes justified pessimism or even dark cynicism. Here’s a timely call to extravagant gratitude. Continue reading

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Do you understand common grace?

How do we remain serious about lines between belief and unbelief (between those who live in the boundaries of saving grace and those who do not), while at the same time showing active appreciation for all that is good, beautiful and outside of those boundaries? Continue reading

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Secure in God’s love – forever!

Do you know and rely on God’s love for you?

Allow these truths to transform your understanding of the security of God’s love for you. Continue reading

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