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Leading With Our Ears

“Incline your ear, and come to me,” says God in Isaiah 55:3. “Listen, so that you may live.”  At one time part of my job required me to sit through a four hour presentation on verbal S.W.A.T.  The focus centered on active listening techniques.  Active listening was presented as the solution to diffuse potentially dangerous ...

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God’s Role and Our Role

So last time we looked at the good work that is already going on in our lives by the Holy Spirit…that our inner being (heart) might take on more and more the image of Jesus that we might live like and love others like Jesus. “…until Christ is formed in you” (Gal. 4:9). So exactly ...

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The Good Work of God

Receiving the abundant life Jesus wants to give us rarely looks like we think it should. Often it means abandoning the life into which we have settled. One of my favorite quotes, in speaking about Mary the mother of Jesus, Craig Barnes writes, “God has interrupted our ordinary expectations, as cherished as they were, to ...

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Receiving a Life vs. Making a Life

In continuing my thoughts on keeping in step with the Spirit (Gal. 5:25) one of the first things, I believe, we need to get our arms around is that the Holy Spirit is always active in our lives to birth in us the life of Christ we cannot produce ourselves. We cannot by direct effort ...

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Keeping in Step with the Spirit

“Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”  Romans 8:14 My interpretation of that verse: Those who follow the Spirit’s leading…they are the real deal. This verse also makes me think of a dance.  In a dance some leads and it the job of the other to follow.  It doesn’t ...

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Daily Discipleship

“Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Mark 1:17 It’s the most concise definition of discipleship. In eleven words, Jesus summed up the essence of the Great Commandment to “Go…and make disciples…”  The call to discipleship is the call to become an apprentice of Jesus – becoming like Jesus by entering ...

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Stay Close to the Stream

In his book, Extravagant Mercy, (one of my favorite devotionals) Craig Barnes explains:  “The Bible often portrays the grace of God as a thin stream of refreshing water that perseveres in a desert land.  The only way our parched souls can survive in a spiritually desolate society is to stay close to the stream.  That ...