John Baillie, in his book A Diary of Private Prayer, wrote this: “Grant that my part in this world’s life today might not be to obscure the splendor of your presence but rather to make it more plainly visible in the eyes of men.” I fear that we as the body of Christ today are doing much to obscure the splendor of the presence of God in our midst. I have been reading Paul’s letters to the Corinthians and been struck by their relevance to the present day church.

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“It could be worse. Imagine if you broke both legs.” We have some odd ways of cheering each other up. Most of our bone-headed comments to suffering people are offered with passable intentions, and most of those comments are judged by their recipients as misguided rather than malicious, but it sure would be nice to improve our record of encouragement in the midst of pain. We could all generate a Top Ten List of words we spoke or received that make us shudder when we think about them. Here is one that, I suspect, makes a lot of lists. “What is God teaching you through this?”

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Elisa Morgan describes how we can model Jesus’ Garden of Gethsemane prayer in our own lives by finding the proper balance between praying for our desires and submitting to God’s will.
Elisa Morgan is a popular speaker and author who’s written more than two dozen books. She is co-host of the nationally-syndicated radio program Discover the Word and President Emerita of MOPS International, a ministry dedicated to meeting the needs of moms.

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Where do effective conversations begin? Often, we forget that good dialogue begins where someone is rather than where they should be. When we rush the journey because we are excited about the destination, we do not serve our friend well. Forgiveness may be one of the subjects where Christians are most prone to rush one another. When a friend talks about needing to forgive someone, what do we know about them? We know they’re hurting. Whatever journey God has for them will start with understanding their pain. Take a moment and read what God said to Moses when he was going to lead Israel out of Egypt.

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Have you ever experienced a major life transition? Transition can be awkward, exciting, and sometimes heartbreaking. The question is not if you will experience transition in your life, but where you will run when you do.
Do you feel like your life is constantly changing?  It probably is!  Life’s transitions are unending and can spark anxiety and fear. How do we trust God in the midst of transition?  I recently had the chance to speak on this topic, and I’m excited to share these talks with you.

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Trauma occurs when suffering overwhelms normal human coping. Those who are victims of such things as rape, domestic violence, child abuse, trafficking, the violence of our inner cities, and war are often traumatized humans. They live with recurring memories of atrocities both witnessed and endured.

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Life is in the details. Listen to C. S. Lewis describe how our small, day-to-day decisions matter.
Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of.

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Spirits of anxiety come from hell. Their target is your Achilles heel, the chink in your armor. They aim to get a hook in your flesh to dissipate your strength and corner you in continual warfare. The devil doesn’t need you to be anxious about the new Corona Virus or its financial impact, although that was the world-wide invitation. The anxiety released on the remnant is a more calculated assault to destroy you based upon insecurity that has gone unchecked until now. That insecurity could be your health, finances, children, future, trauma, or vulnerability left open in your past. The devil is sifting the saints, but so is God!

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Restoration. It can be a beautiful thing. A concept that comes up in scripture many times, but it often makes us think of restoring what has been lost. Going back to the way to things were. How many times do we think to ourselves or even say out loud, “If only I could go back to the way things were when…, then everything would be ok.” Or “I just wish things were how they used to be.”

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