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The “Spirit of Religion” wants to hook you up with a broker.  An Intercessor to pray for you, a Prophet to hear for you, a Pastor to teach you, a Healer to touch you, or maybe even a Priest to administer you a sacrament.  And while God can and does use such ministers, this spirit hopes for these people to become your source, so that you never make a genuine, direct, and personal connection to the person of Jesus Christ.

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If our teaching/preaching on the “Gospel of the Kingdom” serves to take the focus off the King, we teach amiss.

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The spirit of this age wants you to be like a mushroom (isolated & decaying in the dark), as opposed to a flower (absorbing the light & emitting a life-giving fragrance).

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It is not the darkness that concerns me, it is that part of me that still seems susceptible to it.

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Ultimately, it comes down to what you believe the mission is.  If you believe that God is simply a loving Father who wants His kids to be happy, then you can make the journey all about pursuing your bliss.  If you conclude that it’s all about getting to heaven in the end, you can pray the prayer, punch your ticket, and bide your time until the bus leaves.  In such cases you never really have to consider anything other than how you feel about a particular matter.

But if you believe that God leaves us on this earth to serve a purpose, that our presence is meant to have some sort of impact on the world around us, and/or that we are meant to reflect His heart and character to a lost world, then it requires us to get beyond how we feel, and on to what will best serve His purposes.  In such cases, our life is no longer our own.

Without a death, there can be no resurrection. 

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Sometimes I feel as though I am getting “weary in well-doing (Gal. 6:9)”, but then I am forced to consider the actual wellness of my doing.

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We imagine an existence that’s free of friction, we dream of relationships that are without conflict, we wish for a life that doesn’t include struggle; and then we are disappointed, discouraged, and even depressed when our reality fails to resemble any of that. (1Peter 4:12-13)

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The path of least resistance inevitably leads to the slipperiest slope.

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Change creates turbulence, regardless of whether it is moving you in a positive or negative direction.

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Because our adversary is an identity thief we need to discern the difference between what is by design & what is a result of damage; between who we were made to be & who we’ve become instead.  Only our Creator is able to guide us in this.

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