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Aligning to God’s Kingdom

by Doug Mitts Key Verse:  “From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”” – Matthew 4:17, NAS95 Some of my conversations with God have a long history. “Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand,” has taken a while to digest. At first, I took…

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Unsettling Transformation

by Leslie Hall Key Verse:  “And the one seated on the throne said: ‘Look! I am making all things new!’”  – Revelation 21:5, NET  If you would have asked me ten years ago if I would be willing to be a missionary in Europe, I would have stopped you before you could even get to the…

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Expecting Transformation

by Gabe Bernal Key Verse:  “And behold, there was a man named Zaccheus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because of his small stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore…

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Transformation of the Heart

by Karen Lee Kurth Key Verse:  “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.” – Psalm 19:14, NKJV Psalm 19:14 was the first Bible verse I memorized as an adult.  I wasn’t yet a follower of Jesus.  I was reading…

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Mirroring Truth

by Doug Mitts Key Verse:  ““He who sees Me sees the One who sent Me.” – John 12:45, NAS95 I meditate slowly on the Gospels. I meander through a paragraph listening to God, wondering what it was like in the day of Jesus. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve journeyed through John’s Gospel, but…

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Introduction to Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Pete Scazzero introduces us to the importance of “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality”, discussing problems we often face such as ‘doing for God instead of being with God’, ignoring or ‘spiritualizing away’ conflict and negative emotions and living without limits. He casts a vision for being like King David–emotionally alive before God and passionate about God, hungering…

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Introduction to Sacred Rhythms

Ruth Haley Barton introduces us to the concept of “sacred rhythms” by having us take time to notice our longings with God. Using the passage where Jesus meets Bartimaeus we are encouraged to think about how we would answer Jesus if He asked us “What do you want me to do for you?” This is…

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Empowered Speech

by Doug Mitts Key Verse: “Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” – Colossians 4:6, NAS95 I wish I could do this better than I do now. I have noticed, though, the Spirit rearranging my words as I speak…

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Language of the Kingdom

by Leslie Hall Key Verse: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.  – John 10:10, NET Full disclosure – I have a tendency to absolutely swear like a sailor. I’m on a journey with Jesus about it; I’d appreciate…

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Seeing the Unseen

by Doug Mitts Key Verse: I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.…In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. – John 14:18, 20, NAS95 Jesus speaks truth, but often those truths come from outside my normal frame of…

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