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Feb
22

How Kind is Your God?

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If you could summarize God’s feelings for you in a word or two, what would you say? Most of us would quickly say, ‘Love.’ 

We ‘understand’ that the Word says God loves us. We ‘understand’ that God is love. We sort of ‘get it’ on one level; we can mentally acknowledge that God loves us. Yet how often do our actions and reactions reflect the real truth of our perceptions about God’s heart towards us? 

At the core level, the heart level, are you afraid of God? 

At the core level, do you believe that He is basically displeased with you? 

At the core level, do you believe that God is angry or disappointed with you? 

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Feb
10

Surviving Your Winter Season

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winter seasonI am yearning for springtime and yet just outside my window, snow blankets my world. It’s been a very unusual winter for those of us who live in northwest Alabama. I’ve lost count of how many ‘snows’ we have had this year. We normally don’t have ANY snow and can sometimes go several years without snow, but this year we’ve been covered again and again with beautiful, thick and heavy blankets of white.

As I sit and take in the beauty, I also find my heart longing for warmth, for the earth to thaw and yield sprouting daffodils and budding crepe myrtles.  Springtime often arrives early here, and I am living with the anticipation that it could be any day now.  But then again, in my mind, I regretfully acknowledge that if the tender signs of springtime burst forth too soon, winter will likely once again roar its bitter voice and destroy the early promises of spring.

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Feb
03

Getting to the Heart of Things

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heart A most terrifying and at the same time, comforting, thought is that Jesus knows our hearts.  When we face the truth about our own heart, we find two things. We find that, at times, our heart is desperately wicked, strays from God, and seeks our own way. Concurrently, we find that our heart is good and has been changed by God Himself. 

We have two natures. The Scripture refers to this as the old nature and the new nature.  Our journey with Christ invites us, with the Spirit’s help, to crucify the old nature and its desires and strengthen and feed the new nature.

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