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Where to Find Refuge

LORD, You are my strength and fortress, my refuge in the day of trouble! Jeremiah 16:19 (NLT)

Where do you go for refuge? When troubles surround you, to whom do you turn to for help? Jeremiah was in such a predicament. He was a young prophet to a nation spiraling out of control. Israel was on a self-destructive path, and God sent Jeremiah to warn them to turn back to Him before it was too late. It would only be a matter of time before God’s hedge of protection would be lifted from the nation and they would experience the consequences of their own rebellion and sin. Continue reading “Where to Find Refuge” »

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What Are You Looking For?

You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)

God is not elusive to those who seek Him with all their hearts. God told the prophet Isaiah, 

I would not have told the people of Israel to seek Me if I could not be found. Isaiah 45:19c (NLT)

The promise is not just for Israel. God desires for us to seek Him and promises to be found by all those who seek Him wholeheartedly. Continue reading “What Are You Looking For?” »

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Your life matters to God!

…the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are Mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God….”  Isaiah 43:1-3 (NLT)

If you’ve ever doubted how much your life matters to God, just look at the cross! God says, “You’re worth dying for!” Continue reading “Your life matters to God!” »

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God’s Power for Your Future, Part 4

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the people to get moving! Pick up your staff and raise your hand over the sea. Divide the water so the Israelites can walk through the middle of the sea on dry ground.” Exodus 14:15-16 (NLT)

The story of Moses in the Exodus offers a living model for how to access God’s power for our future. My friend, Lee Strobel, calls these steps the five “A’s” for accessing God’s power. Continue reading “God’s Power for Your Future, Part 4” »

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God’s Power for Your Future, Part 2

But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” Exodus 14:13 -14 (NLT)

“Just stay calm.” Have you ever heard that before? When you’re anxious about the future and facing problems you can’t handle, calm is probably not what you are feeling. We may not be able to control our feelings, but we can grow in faith to access the power of God for our response. Continue reading “God’s Power for Your Future, Part 2” »

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God’s Power for Your Future, Part 1

But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” Exodus 14:13 -14(NLT)

I’ve often wondered what it must have been like to be among the people of Israel during their exodus from Egypt. They’d been slaves for over 400 years. Then, a leader rose up among them named Moses, and he was commissioned to deliver them out of Egypt and take them to the Promised Land. Continue reading “God’s Power for Your Future, Part 1” »

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How to Face the Future

Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good.  Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more, since you see that the Day of the Lord is coming nearer.  Hebrews 10:24,25 (TEV) 

In Scripture, the Day of the Lord is a reference to the day when Jesus Christ will come again and bring justice to the earth. The early church lived in that expectation. It will be a day of reckoning, a day of judgment, and a day of victory! Continue reading “How to Face the Future” »

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God Cares About Your Future!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

We don’t know what the future holds, but we do know who holds the future. He’s the same God who holds you in His hands. Jeremiah wanted Israel to know that God had a plan for them. Despite the circumstances of their captivity in a foreign land, Jeremiah said that God was not through with them. He had a future for them, and it was a hope-filled future. Continue reading “God Cares About Your Future!” »

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Who to Believe?

This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have.  They are prophesying lies to you in My name. I have not sent them,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 29:8-9 (NIV) 

Prognosticators forecast everything from the stock market to the end of the world. Will the future bring a bear market or a bullish one? What about my personal future? Continue reading “Who to Believe?” »

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Future Tense

I am God, and there is none like Me,  declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, “My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all My purpose,” calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of My counsel from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it.  Isaiah 46:9-11 (ESV) 

A recent survey showed how people generally view the future of our world today. Over 60% said that they thought it was going to hell in a handbag. Only 35% agreed with Bob Marley – “Everything’s Gonna to be Alright!” Whatever your view is, I’m sure you’re asking, as many others are today, “What in the world is going on?” Continue reading “Future Tense” »

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The Greatest Evidence for the Existence of God

When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)

The world has no explanation for a life transformed by the power of Christ. A changed life is proof that God is alive! Life change is the greatest evidence for the existence of God. There are three characteristics of a Christ-filled life that will utterly confound the world around you: truth, love and grace. Continue reading “The Greatest Evidence for the Existence of God” »