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Reading the Bible Through the Year

A new year begins with a new reading of God’s Word. I debated taking a different tack, but decided reading the Bible through in a year again is the best, which I’ve done three of the last four years. In 2021, I tried a personal study option and the outcome wasn’t so good, as I ended up feeling distanced from any form of intimacy with God. One advantage of a daily reading plan, and it is a big one, is that it requires consistency. As in all things, consistency builds intimacy, and that is what I pursue.

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Of One Spirit and Mind in Christ

Societies today are confounded by division on virtually every issue. The church, meant to be a unified and righteous role model is also divided, at times even on basic doctrine upon which the Word is perfectly clear.

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Man’s Greatest Needs in Marriage

A friend asked me a question this morning: “In your opinion, other than sex, what are the top two things a man needs from his wife?”

It isn’t an easy question to answer, and answers will doubtless be a very individual thing. The question deserves pondering, it deserves time for honest consideration.

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The Holy Spirit Is Not Bound by Man’s Time or Doctrine

I am always struck by how familiar the ancients were with what we today call supernatural. Accounts of seeing an angel, fiery chariots, or other manifestations are common throughout the Bible. Jacob wrestled with an “angel” who was God Himself. Indeed, the angel of the LORD (YHVH in angelic form) appears numerous times. No one ran away in panic. No one was ostracized for claiming such an encounter. Instead, they conversed with, debated, and honored.

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A Call to Restoration

As I looked at today’s devotional reading plan, I felt a pull to read just these two chapters. I checked in with the Spirit. Was this just me being lazy? Shouldn’t I suck it up and stay on task and read the full plan for the day? No, the Spirit seemed to say to me. “This is what I have for you today.” I am glad I listened to the Spirit’s prompt.

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God’s Faithfulness in Rest

The last three weeks have been an exhausting sprint. I’ve been consumed by a number of projects, each with its own urgency, and even holiday travel which, because of work, necessitated two roundtrips in one week. My exhaustion was real, to the point I had trouble sleeping which only added to the difficulty.

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My Journey into Spiritual Sight

An acquaintance recently asked me this question: Can you identify a landmark in your life when you first realized you can see in the spiritual realm?

After reflection I had to answer no, I cannot. There was no landmark moment. It has been a journey from outright rejection of the concept of seeing in the Spirit to acceptance that it could be possible, and from there to pursuing it in my own life.

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Governing Through the Fruit of the Spirit

I have always thought of the fruit of the Spirit as byproducts of a life lived in concert with God’s will. A healthy tree produces healthy fruit, an unhealthy tree produces bitter or shriveled fruit, or none at all. A dead tree is dead and a dying one is in the process of approaching death rather than growing and maturing into fullness of life.

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