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Plans to Give You Hope and a Future

Plans to Give You Hope and a Future

Lord, I’m choosing to believe that You can and will redeem the years I have spent in my pit. In our Christian subculture, we think a pit of sin is the only kind of pit there is. But we have to think much more broadly. For starters, I see in God’s Word three ways we

You Are No Longer Outcasts

And so you are no longer called outcasts and wanderers, but citizens with God’s People. — Ephesians 2:19 (The Voice) Someone once described a church as a group of porcupines in a snowstorm: we need each other to keep warm, but the closer we get, the more we poke each other — and the more

I am doing a new thing

Leave the Past Behind

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” — Thomas Jefferson Without realizing it, we often carry something around with us everywhere we go. We bring it out in our conversations, and it shows up in our attitudes. Whatever that thing is from the past may never have really existed, yet its power lives inside

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Declaring Independence

Adopted on July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence stated that the thirteen American colonies were “Free and Independent States” and that “all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved.” Our Founding Fathers acknowledged God as the source of our rights: We hold these truths to

Do Not Be Discouraged

Be strong and courageous. Do not be discouraged, for I will be with you wherever you go. You can choose to be strong and courageous even when you are feeling very weak. However, the weaker you feel, the more effort it takes to choose to be strong. It all depends on where you look. If

Refining Grace

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I

greatest of these is love

The Greatest of These is Love

But now faith, hope, and love remain; these three virtues must characterize our lives. The greatest of these is love. — 1 Corinthians 13:13 (The Voice) He who loves his wife loves himself. — Ephesians 5:28 There are three elements to a successful marriage. The first is love—not just an emotional feeling or a physical attraction, but a

Sharper than a Double-Edged Sword

The Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit. — Hebrews 4:12 (NIV) Lord, thank You that nothing can separate me from Your redeeming love. Since pit-dwelling is primarily a state of mind, effective deliverance also takes the ability to read people’s minds,

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