Cleansing

Master Your Own State (and Rule with Jesus as King)

You can be the master of your own state! I’m talking about your inner state, of course, not some banana republic with you playing dictator. That kind of mastery never works in the real world anyway. (However, to see a comic version of the attempt, check out “The Man Who Would Be King.”) We don’t even get to rule over our inner state with the iron fist of a tyrant. We can try, but bullying our inner self never produces…

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Scared By Scripture

Scared by Scripture? A “Text of Terror” Befriended

Have you ever been scared by a scripture? I have. Maybe you’ve been there, too. Let’s face it, there are lots of “texts of terror” in the Good Book. How do you shake hands with a Bible passage that ordinarily gives you the willies? I’m thinking of Hebrews 10:35-39 which terrorized my Christian youth. This scary scripture begins with “don’t cast away your confidence” and ends with “if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” 35 Therefore…

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Spiritual Protection

Spiritual Protection? He’s Got You Covered!

You may already have the best spiritual protection in the universe. Imagine that an immense football stadium’s dome is over your head. No matter where you go it covers you. The best angelic engineers built it, so you know with absolute assurance that you will never be afflicted by the rain or winds, sleet or snow, not even hurricanes or tornadoes. You are covered and protected against anything the weather may throw at you! Now imagine that it’s invisible and…

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The Passion Blocker

The Passion Blocker (Why “Mini Me” Is Such a Formidable Threat)

How did we ever get snookered by this one?  Jesus is the most amazing and beautiful Person in the universe! How can we not be passionate about Him? Why don’t we live absorbed and fascinated by Him—all day long? There has to be a good answer for this, for this is surely the Enemy’s number one problem: How do you keep people from seeing the beautiful God and running to Him? What is the enemy’s strategy to defeat our natural,…

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