why the church will make you win in life

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“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:20-21   I love the local church. Not just the one I attend, but all of the gatherings of Christ…

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life on the battlefield: falling into worship

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“Let them give glory to the Lord and proclaim his praise in the islands. The Lord will march out like a champion,  like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry  and will triumph over his enemies.” Isaiah 42:12-13   When I was a toddler, I fell out the back of a moving VW van. I’m pretty sure all the cool kids were doing it back then, sitting up in the weird rear…

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who is with me?

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Did you ever pray for something to happen, and then when it did happen, feel really, really good? Did you ever feel like maybe the answered prayer was proof that God really does love you? I have. As nice as it was to feel that God cared about the things that I cared about, connecting His love with His blessing made me a little uncomfortable. If I let myself believe that God’s love is proven…

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jump for Jesus

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Sometimes I can get carried away in worship. I never actually embarrass myself, but I am pretty sure there are plenty of people who are embarrassed by me, or for me, or at me. I can’t help it though. I get caught up in thoughts about God, how He loves me, what He has done for me. I cease to think about anyone around me. If Mr. Fantastic asks me to take a microphone and…

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