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“Practicing the presence” has become a catchy phrase in the Christian world, but what does it actually mean when someone uses it? At the core, practicing the presence involves cultivating a way of life that enables us to become aware of and be present to the God who calls himself “Immanuel, God with us.” God…

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Stability in Change

by Doug Mitts Key Verse:   “We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”  – 1 John 4:16, NAS95  I can’t remember a time since moving to Germany where change ceased, paused, or…

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Real Spirit

by Karen Huber Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken… Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” (Acts 2:5-6 and 12, NIV) I didn’t grow…

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With Us

by Doug Mitts …and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:20 NIV11) I’ve had a long-standing conversation with the Spirit – one that I was mostly unaware of, but it kept repeating. I heard periodically, “I am…

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Advent–God abiding with us

by Lena Larson “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8, NIV) Advent—the season we celebrate the miraculous moment when God came to live among us, when He shared our human existence. It’s one…

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Just Look at Jesus

by Sarah Bentley Abide in Me, and I will abide in you. (John 15:4, TLV) I was overwhelmed. I hadn’t had quiet time in months. With a 1.5 and a 2.5 year old, my daily time with God had dwindled to Please be here today in the mornings, and I missed you today at night.…

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Living His Word

by Doug Mitts Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.” (John 14:23, NAS95) Obedience can sound or feel offensive. Interestingly, when it comes to God, I can think His…

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