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July 2015 Blog Posts (8)

Lay Down Your Possessions

Now the rubber starts hitting the road even more violently. Not that it’s been easy at all to deal with all this internal stuff so far, but let’s face it: At some point, all that inner conviction has to begin manifesting itself as outward fruit. As Jesus’ half-brother James said, “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and…

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Added by Carl Simmons on July 29, 2015 at 9:57am — No Comments

Lay Down Your Reputation

Recently, I’d been walking around a wildlife area of Colorado, where informative plaques abounded. One plaque in particular caught my eye, highlighting the families who’d formerly owned ranches in this area in the late nineteenth/early twentieth centuries. It got me thinking about all the different ways we come up with to “historically” immortalize ordinary people after they’re gone (and by “ordinary,” I mean people we wouldn’t give a…

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Added by Carl Simmons on July 28, 2015 at 4:12pm — No Comments

Spiritual Housecleaning

“The serene, silent beauty of a holy life is the most powerful influence in the world, next to the might of the Spirit of God.” (Blaise Pascal)

 

God wants to make one thing perfectly clear—you and me! Our Creator commands us to live a radically holy life, morally superior…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on July 28, 2015 at 11:02am — No Comments

Lay Down Your Strength

Our strength—or rather, our reliance upon it—is still pride. Therefore, it must be broken. Watchman Nee, in his book Changed into His Likeness, put it this way, “The characteristic of those who truly know God is that they have no faith in their own competence, no reliance upon themselves.” When we reach that point, we’re finally and truly useful to God.

Even much of the strength we think we have comes from our need to compare ourselves to others. We may be correct in…

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Added by Carl Simmons on July 24, 2015 at 10:17pm — No Comments

6 Benefits of Life's Irritants

God's Strange Process to Create Something Beautiful in You

Recently God gave me a stunning word picture while praying with a friend. Through no fault of his own, my friend had been going through a difficult and often bewildering trial.

In my mind’s eye, I saw a beautiful pearl being formed amid the darkness of an oyster shell.

Not knowing much about how pearls are formed, I later did some research at AmericanPearl.com and…

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Added by Jim Buchan on July 9, 2015 at 8:33am — No Comments

Lay Down Your Independence

(and no, the timing of this has nothing to do with the holiday… :))

We spent a lot of time the last several weeks addressing our feelings toward those who’ve opposed and hurt us. Therefore we’re going start this week, and this new sub-series, by widening our net ever-so-slightly to include one more enemy—you.

All of us have been God’s enemies, and I’m not just talking in a positional, “before we were…

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Added by Carl Simmons on July 8, 2015 at 10:24am — No Comments

Formula for Joy

“True joy is the earnest which we have of heaven, it is the treasure of the soul, and therefore should be laid in a safe place, and nothing in this world is safe to place it in.” (John Donne, Sermons, 1624)

 

God has given us a recipe for living joyfully. If we ignore heaven’s instructions, we pay an awful price in heartbreak coin. God frowns on haphazard living and smiles on conscientiousness. When we submit to Holy Spirit directions, joy floods our inner…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on July 6, 2015 at 10:39am — No Comments

Feeling Overwhelmed? 7 Biblical Tips to De-Stress

If you’re anything like me, some days you feel like conquering the world—and other days the world seems to be conquering you. Although I usually respond pretty well when confronted with just one problem at a time, it’s overwhelming when the problems come at me from every side. Some days I feel like I’m playing a game of cosmic Whac-a-Mole, with troubles springing up everywhere.

Yet I’m comforted to know that many others have written about days when they were surrounded by…

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Added by Jim Buchan on July 2, 2015 at 2:20pm — No Comments

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