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The Pre-Yes

The Pre-Yes

How do we hear from God? The heart that wants to hear from God, will. So, before searching for an answer to how, we need to be honest about whether we really want His answer. What do we intend to do about His will once it is known to us? It begins with surrender. We...
Spiritual Depression

Spiritual Depression

It’s a dark cave. Spiritual depression affects almost everyone at times, and we often have no idea how to find a way back into the light. Without question, one of the significant passages in the Bible that helps us understand this issue is the story of one of God’s...
What Does the Church Want for Her Birthday?

What Does the Church Want for Her Birthday?

Very soon it will be Pentecost Sunday, the birthday of the church. My wife and I think a lot about birthday parties these days, because we have six grandchildren! There’s always one party just around the corner, and we’re always thinking about what our precious...
The Pre-Yes

It’s Personal

To be a child at heart is not always a good thing, because “folly is bound up in the heart of a child” (Proverbs 22:15 ESV). Even the most compliant children have hard places in their hearts. They will defy rules, giving up reward for selfish pleasure. Sadly, this is...
Clearing Your Conscience

Clearing Your Conscience

Your conscience is that part of you that knows you deeply. The word conscience means a “knowing with” or “self-knowledge.” This is the part of you where God protects you from wrong choices, but also convicts you when you sin. When we have sinned against someone, the...
Grumbling

Grumbling

The whole congregation of the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness (Exodus 16:2 NASB). We are world-class at some things, and grumbling is right up there at the top of the list. But we’re not the first, by a long shot. The word means to...
The Tragic Results of Jealousy

The Tragic Results of Jealousy

Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman); and they said, “Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us as well?” And the LORD heard it. (Now the man...
The Pre-Yes

Thinking the Right Way

A. W. Tozer wrote, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” If we were to add a follow-up statement, it would be this: “What comes into our minds when we think about ourselves is the second most important thing about...