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Advent 2012: Shining a Light of Inner Peace

This is a personal reflection of today’s Advent devotion from Great News for Great Joy (download for free now from Desiring God). Please also share your reflections in the comments area. A few years back, I was going through a rough time that was filled with anxiety, fear and hopelessness. I hadn’t lost faith or belief in God, but I was desperate for some form or personal restoration. I did an assessment of my life, largely through prayer. I developed the first of my yearly affirmations, designed to be read daily and in times of need. Near the end of […]

Advent 2012: Master and Servants

This is a personal reflection of today’s Advent devotion from Great News for Great Joy (download for free now from Desiring God). Please also share your reflections in the comments area. We often hear things like, the student has become the teacher or – albeit to a much lesser extent – the servant has become master. The passage from John (15:20) in today’ s devotion really stood out to me because of that. As we draw nearer to the day in which we commemorate the birth of the one true Master of all the universe (no, it’ s not He-Man), we […]

Advent 2012: All Things Big and Small

This is a personal reflection of today’s Advent devotion from Great News for Great Joy (download for free now from Desiring God). Please also share your reflections in the comments area. I’m continually amazed at the ways God will take seemingly insignificant moments or things and turn them into something spectacular. I can name many times in my own life where, as events unfolded, I was witness to God using the “unusable” for a higher purpose in his kingdom. This is no more true than when considering the birth of Jesus and the days leading to it. Think about how […]

Advent 2012: Great Expectations

This is a personal reflection of today’s Advent devotion from Great News for Great Joy (download for free now from Desiring God). Please also share your reflections in the comments area. God was coming to visit his creation. In the days leading up to Jesus’ birth, there was great expectation among many whom believed God to have withdrawn from their lives. And then He came in a way no one expected. How many times have you felt like God had left your side only to later look back and find that He not only been there, but found that He was […]

Advent 2012: Cheerful Humility

This is a personal reflection of today’s Advent devotion from Great News for Great Joy (download for free now from Desiring God). Please also share your reflections in the comments area. It’s interesting that, when pondering the role of humility in the Christian walk, there is often a reward granter to those who feel the least deserving. I find the final paragraph of today’s devotion particularly interesting when it states that it is souls such as these that can best magnify the Lord. I guess a line does shine brightest in the darkest of environments. Such is true of humanity. […]

Advent 2012: Prepared for the Spirit

This is a personal reflection of today’s Advent devotion from Great News for Great Joy (download for free now from Desiring God). Please also share your reflections in the comments area. I am in constant awe when I look throughout my life and see the ways that God has prepared me. That might be why I have a hard time grasping the thought of me preparing the way for Him. But it also makes sense. If we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our worldly ways, if we focus so intensely on the things that distract us […]

Advent 2012: Good News of Great Joy

Well, we’ve finally made it to the last month or 2012. Take some time to reflect upon the year thus far. Has it been all that you had hoped for? One of struggle? Of prosperity? On perhaps it was just another year piled on top of all the others and will go down as insignificant in your mind. Whatever the case, remember that it’s not over. There’s still time to connect with Christ on a deeper and more intimate level. Advent begins in mere hours. As I mentioned yesterday, I’m making a conscious effort to put the “seasonal” noise out […]

Advent: Free eBook Devotional for Advent from Desiring God

Advent is a season of preparation for Christmas Day starts the fourth Sunday before Christmas (December 2). To help us “deepen and sweeten your devotion of Jesus” the kind folks at Desiring God have selected brief devotional readings for each day of Advent and compiled them into a free eBook devotional called Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent. Says Desiring God… Our prayer is that this new eBook might help you keep Jesus as the center and greatest treasure of your Advent season. The candles and candies have their place, but we want to make sure that in all […]

Triumph – Defeating the Evils in Our Condition

What “stuff” is depriving you from living abundantly in Christ?

I like energy drinks like RockStar and Monster. I mean, I REALLY like them. I crave them and am physically reactive to the mere thought of drinking one. To call it an addiction is an understatement. It’s an obsession I’ve fought for years and tried desperately to sever. Ultimately, I give in and have “just one more”. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. ~ Romans 8:37 This all despite the growing awareness that the ingredients in energy drinks are harmful to my mind, body and overall well-being – not to mention the […]

Significance: Fulfilling God’s Plans for You and Your Life

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them ~ Romans 12:6 A while back, I read the story of Oie Osterkamp in Inc. Magazine (September 2012). In a nutshell, he went from running a company that was envied as number 7 on the 2001 Inc. 500 to jobless, flat broke and divorced. It happened because he chose to make the right moral decision over the right business one. How does one rise up from such strife? As Osterkamp relates in the Inc. article: “I had no job, no prospects, nowhere to sleep,” he says. Camping […]