Peace and Joy

Crucified With Christ

Crucified with Christ: The Strange Life of a Dead Man

Crucified with Christ? My walk with the Lord took a fascinating downturn on Sunday when I heard Him say, “I want you to lie down like a dead man in the midst of that situation.” When you are in a situation that is “killing” you, when everything you try to do by prayer and obedience seems to fail, perhaps it’s time to die more completely to self. In truth, I had been trying to say “not my will, but Thine…

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Childlike Freedom

Childlike Freedom: Why Live Without It?

Can the “little child” in you come out and play? I’m smiling, but I’m not joking: This is a very serious question. Listen to what Jesus had to say about the necessity of childlike freedom on a day when the disciples evidently weren’t getting it. He plunked a small child down right in front of them and issued this warning: “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter…

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The Joy of the Lord

The Joy of the Lord (And How to Get It Back)

Ages ago Nehemiah declared that the joy of the Lord is our strength—and he was right! With this joy flowing in us, we positively glow and grow. Joy gives us a confidence for anything and puts a fresh song in our hearts. With it we sail over the normal obstacles of life, feeling invincible even in the midst of trouble. Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone…

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Who Is the Holy Spirit? Part 2

Who Is the Holy Spirit? Part II (And What Is He Doing upon Me?)

Funny, isn’t it, just how much meaning can turn on something as simple as a preposition? Did you put the ice cream on the fridge or in it? Makes quite a difference doesn’t it? Especially as time goes on… In an earlier article, “Who Is the Holy Spirit? (And What Is He Doing inside Me?),” I wrote about the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, trying my level best to lift the veil surrounding the “Mystery Person” of the Trinity who…

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