To See Our Sin and Trust in Jesus

| Dec 5, 2011

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1 John 1:8-9 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If you are the sort of person who rarely reflects on your own […]

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His Grace Is Sufficient

| Sep 18, 2011

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This verse is engraved beneath my name on the back of my iPad. It not only identifies that the gadget as mine, it reminds me of my hope not merely to cope in the challenges of life but to be strong in grace. This promise of Jesus has been a means of his strengthening to […]

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To Strengthen Your Hope and Increase Your Love

| Sep 12, 2011

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Often one of the things that keeps us from loving others is that we doubt God’s ability and inclination to care for us. In unbelief, we think, “If we are generous toward others, nobody will provide for our own needs.” This verse, by the power of the Spirit, is given to you to strengthen your […]

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Hope for Ourselves and Others

| Jul 25, 2011

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This little verse is a reminder to us that when God begins a gracious “good work” in us, he finishes it. Paul encourages himself and his readers in Philippi of this as he celebrates their partnership with him in the gospel. There is encouragement here for us, too. Be confident of this: if you are […]

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Hearts That Turn Cold and the God Who Revives

| Mar 2, 2011

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Earlier we saw that John commands us not to love the world or the things of the world because if we do it means the love of the Father is not in us. We don’t want to love the things of this world, rather we run to Jesus as our all-satisfying treasure. Love Can Grow […]

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