If God Really Loved Me … Moments of Doubt, Assurance of Faith

By the end of 2005, things were beginning to change - many of my close friends started moving away from San Francisco, and then, one by one, the guys I were closest too got married. For some reason that really hit hard; my heart was still healing from the deep wounds of my 10 years of living in open rebellion against God, and the thought of even being in a relationship, let alone considering marriage, seemed impossible. Was this to be the story of my life, getting close to people, only to see them fade away as I was left alone with no one?

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Walking Away

Just as God’s eyes are on the righteous, His eyes are against those who do evil. He can see the acts of the ungodly and can blot their name from the earth. God cannot tolerate evil. Jesus came to destroy the works of the enemy, but Satan is still convincing others to follow.

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God's Eyes and Ears

What an encouragement to know God has His eyes on those who are doing right. We have God’s attention when we do what is upright. It's not that He loves us more, but that His eyes are on us. He sees the good we are doing, even if no one else notices. We can be assured that God is seeing us.


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The Bad News This Christmas

Over the years as I look back on the times I’ve shared the gospel with people, getting them to believe God loves them is almost never a challenging proposition. Having them admit they’re born into sin and helpless before God without Christ - that’s where we usually lock horns, and that’s often been the end of the discussion.

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Life Just God Easier

Living the good life is easier than we may think. When tempted to do evil, we should turn and do something good. The same amount of energy each of us has could be used to seek good or evil. Imagine using all the energy we have for seeking good.

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Too Busy To Worship?

How about us? Will we take time this Christmas season to stop and worship our Savior? Dr. Evans says, “We live in a world full of God’s blessings, which can include unparalleled freedom and even great material wealth. As we enjoy these blessings, we often forget the value of Jesus Christ in our lives. It’s easy to think we are self-reliant in meeting our needs and living the “good life.”

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God isn't Boring

Then one night in the fall of 1987, at the age of 14, I was invited to a youth group bonfire at a friend’s house, and in the clear autumn night I looked into the heavens, saw a billion twinkling stars in the sky, and wondered maybe, just maybe could God be real? Was there actually something to all this?

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Worth the Wait

I told him, “Lord, you know the desires of my heart. I’ve done everything I know to do to fix this issue in my life, and nothing seems to change. My heart belongs to you God; if that means a life of celibacy, I’ll be faithful and satisfied with your presence. I give this issue to you and leave it in your hands; if anything is going to change, it will come because of you.” Two weeks later I met the woman who would become my wife. :-)

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The Slippery Slope - What Happens when we Hide Our Sins from the Light

I gave my life to Jesus at the age of 15, and truly dove in head-first, desiring to follow him and truly be “on fire” for God. However, there was a sin issue in my life I felt “real” Christians didn’t struggle with, one that left me paralyzed at times with fear and shame. I decided the best thing to do was keep that area of my life in the dark, waiting for the day when I would finally conquer that sin and prove I was a true believer.

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Soaring Upwards on the Wings of the Spirit

As I read this morning, I had to agree with Joni that this was a great spiritual lesson - as a Christian, I know in my own strength that my spiritual “muscles” are puny, much like the eagle. However, when I stretch myself in faith and let the powerful updrafts of the Holy Spirit carry me - then I am able to do what previously seemed impossible!

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God With Us

As we move into the Advent season, the fact that God is with us - he’s not just an all powerful being up there somewhere, he’s not just a destination we’ll reach someday, but rather he is with us, right here, in this moment, dwelling in us, guiding us, and comforting us with his Spirit, is a wonder to behold. It gives us hope to face the fears of today and the unknowns of tomorrow.

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Be Protected


The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Psalm 34:7

Many times, in Israel’s history they sensed the protection of God around them. There was a strong realization God was encamped around them and there was an encouragement God was protecting them from the dangers of their enemies.

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