Tag - relationship

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Can Lack of Consistency Hold You Back in Your Relationship With God?
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Don’t Leave Home Without Him
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LIFE as a Worship Experience
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Why Have a Blog?

Can Lack of Consistency Hold You Back in Your Relationship With God?

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I could be described by some as a bit of a health nut. I enjoy eating healthily; I am fascinated by diet and nutrition; I love being fit and active. The one thing that holds me back a bit is my lack of consistency. I’ll get into a good exercise regime, and I’ll be feeling so good that I’ll give myself a time out. I’ll take a week off just to relax and let my body rest. But that week can turn into two, and before I know it, a month has gone by, and I need to get fit again. So I am frequently faced with forcing myself back into fitness with the the first run after a holiday, the first gym session after Christmas, the first time in your swimsuit after winter… all those “firsts” that we are tempted to avoid. But we know, deep down inside, that if we avoid it today, we’re just going to have to face it tomorrow, so we may as well face it now.

Yet finding a place of maintenance is so much easier than regular fluctuation.

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Don’t Leave Home Without Him

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This post was originally published on the Kathy Gooch’s blog at  http://scribeofhisheart.blogspot.com/2014/11/dont-leave-home-without-it.html and is re-posted with permission.

I grew up in Canada watching a television ad for American Express traveler’s cheques whose slogan was “Don’t leave home without it.” I suppose American Express reckoned that not having their traveler’s cheques in your possession when you left home would set you up for challenges – ones that could have been prevented had you left home with them.

At the beginning of 2012, knowing that I would be phasing out of pastoring a church, I asked the Lord what I should focus on next. He made it clear that I was to be proactive in contributing to “eradicating Bible poverty and increasing Bible engagement.” He was basically saying that I could go “further with fewer” by having them “linger a little longer” in His Word.

Thus, I started Bible Studies with groups of young ladies. It was my way of creating an environment in which they could engage with the Word of God. I have been facilitating studies in the Word ever since with both young women and young men. Like the parable of the sower and the seed, I have seen a few who hear, receive the Word, and understand it, producing fruit. I would like to believe that those few have lived by the slogan, “Don’t leave home without it.”

Unfortunately, too many of us followers of Christ leave home without the Word.

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LIFE as a Worship Experience

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I couldn’t bring myself to sing a certain line in a worship song. The worship band settled on it, hovered over it – a melodic mantra. Hands were raised; eyes closed; voices intensified all around, and yet my mouth clamped shut.

“Nothing in this world can satisfy.”

Lately, I’ve noticed this particular phrase is popular in many worship songs. Israel Houghton likes it. Maranatha Music likes it… and we YWAMers seem to like it. So, I searched for it in the Bible. I couldn’t find it.

Now, I know the singer’s true intent of this lyric, and it’s good: Money, fame, ambition, etc. are not enough to satisfy. There is no replacement for or equivalent to Jesus. However, I found myself thinking how sad it is that nothing in this world can satisfy us, after all God created the entire world just to satisfy us, delight us, marvel us, and ultimately point us to Him.

So, there I was at worship… not even able to force a hum. What was wrong with me?

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Why Have a Blog?

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I happen to love crime shows. And it’s amazing the scientific and technological advances that have been made. To use the minutest bit of evidence – DNA, blood, hair, tissue, fingerprints – to catch a criminal. Granted t.v. is probably blowing it way out of proportion and not demonstrating the great amount of hard work and other things which contribute. But I digress…

When looking in particular at the fingerprint, it is an imprint of the smallest raised swirls and lines of skin tissue on your finger, yet it’s so intricate. And it got me thinking today,

God has not only left His fingerprint, His imprint on our lives,

He has woven His DNA within us and He has placed His image upon us.

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