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Mightier

But mightier than the violent raging of the seas,     mightier than the breakers on the shore—     the Lord above is mightier than these! – Psalm 93:4


Whether you’re in the middle of a raging sea, or whether you're on a stormy shore. Whether you feel like you’re being tossed to and fro with no land in sight, or whether you’re safely on shore listening to the echoes of a distant storm playing over and over in your mind. Whether you're in the middle of it now, or whether the echoes of a past pain are revisiting you and lapping up against your memory. You need to know; God is mightier than these.
He is mightier than your feelings, your failures, your regret. He's mightier when you're in the middle of your struggle and He's mightier when you've gone through it and the troubling thoughts still echo on the shores or your heart.
God is mightier and He will see you through the pain; past and present.
For we have a promise: oh death, where is your sting? Yes, death st…
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Greater Healing
“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

I believe in healing. I've seen it. I've been healed of back pain, trigger thumb, and other physical issues. But even greater than the physical healings I've received is the healing I've received for my soul; healing for sin sickness.

I remember meeting with a man who was fully convinced that God would heal my sight through him. He had seen many healings. So we prayed. And nothing happened. But then, after talking to him and his wife, the real healing happened. A healing of my spiritual eyesight; a burden I had been carrying for twenty or so years lifted. Given the choice, I would have taken this healing of my soul over the healing of my physical sight any day, all day.

What is the soul-healing you are waiting for? God is able. He is able to heal your body, He is able to heal your soul.

The scripture says that by…
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The Power of a Single Thought

"... let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think." (Romans 12:2).

Did you know that a single thought, tailored just for you, spiced with enough insinuation, can affect your whole day? Think about it. A single thought.

Thoughts are like radio waves, floating through the air, waiting for us to tune into them with the receivers of our past, perspective, and emotional make up. Some thoughts come from within, generated by our minds, shaped by our understanding; others come from without, suggested by some outside force.

To write off every thought as simply coming from within would be naive - we live in a world ruled by spiritual forces; intermingled with an eternal kingdom. But whether the source is from another person, a book, a TV show, or simply our own minds, thoughts can steer our day.

"That'll never happen." "That was a stupid thought." "They don't really love me." "I'm a failur…
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By Faith We Understand

I'm sitting here in my parents' kitchen. In California. Three thousand miles from home.

That may not seem like a big deal. We all travel, visit people, take trips, right? But this trip made no sense - at least not to my natural man. Call it a trip of faith. Have you ever done that, taken a trip of faith? My wife and three of my girls did earlier this year when they went to Haiti. Made no sense, didn't look possible financially. But God came through. And that's what they were relying on.

This trip to my parents' was similar. Here we were, coming up on mother's day, and the thought popped into my head, "Surprise Mom for mother's day". Ridiculous. That will cost me $1500. It would be impulsive. A lot of money to spend to spend a few days with my mom, whom I love. 

"This will honor your mother", I hear. 

And so I wrestle, I go back and forth. Have you ever felt that way? "Should I or shouldn't I?" That mind ba…
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Vaccinated
God tests our faith to build our faith. Trials make us stronger. Think of this as spiritual vaccination.

Vaccinations work by introducing a small amount of a virus (say a strain of the influenza virus) to the body, triggering the body's immune system response. The body, recognizing the virus as an enemy, a foreign force that shouldn't be there, produces antibodies to battle the virus. In effect, the body is being trained, prepared and schooled  to recognize the flu virus when it comes again in full force outside of the controlled safety of a doctor's office.

Interestingly, the flu virus must be administered yearly. This is, for one, because the body's memory fades, so to speak, and "forgets" how to battle the virus. It is also because the strains of influenza vary from year to year, requiring the appropriate strain to be introduced to the body.

When God allows a trial to be placed on your doorstep it's not a punishment or abandonment. It's beca…