God Thought 6/12/24
by Passion Conferences (YouVersion) on June 12th, 2024
Read: Psalms 32:1Romans 2:4 One of the great confidences we have in coming to the Father in prayer is to know that we can bring all our wrong before Him and trust Him to forgive and restore. Confession and repentance are essential to our prayer life and in dealing with our sin. Confession is acknowledging that we’ve done something wrong and openly seeing our sin for what it is. Repentance is a cho...  Read More
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God Thought 6/5/24
by Passion Conferences (YouVersion) on June 5th, 2024
Read: Psalms 86Matthew 6:11 There’s nothing we can’t bring before the Lord in prayer. There’s nothing He can’t handle. Nothing! The reality is, He knows all of your cares and worries, all of your secrets and fears – so that should provide the courage to just share freely! Every thought, every action, and every emotion can be brought before Him with full assurance that we will be met with grace, go...  Read More
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God Thought 5/29/24
by Passion Conferences (YouVersion) on May 29th, 2024
Read: Matthew 6:10Ephesians 6:18Colossians 4:2 Jesus taught us to pray from a posture of, Thy Kingdom come Thy will be done [Matthew 6:10]. With that mindset, we don’t shy away from praying and bringing our whole heart before God. But we also maintain humility through trusting and declaring that we accept and believe that God’s will is the best plan for our lives. We surrender our agenda and submi...  Read More
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God Thought 5/22/24
by Passion Conferences (YouVersion) on May 22nd, 2024
Read: Matthew 6:9Hebrews 10:19 Sometimes, when we pray, there is a tendency to just rattle off some words and ask for the things we need. Or, maybe we offer up a quick, passing prayer for someone else in need. In those moments, prayer can be just about “doing” it, and can often feel empty and impersonal. Have you been there?Thankfully, Jesus modeled perfectly for us how we should approach God in p...  Read More
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God Thought 5/15/24
by Passion Conferences (YouVersion) on May 15th, 2024
Read: Romans 12:12Luke 5:16 Wholehearted PrayerWhat does prayer mean to you? Be honest with yourself. Do you feel like you’re talking to the ceiling? Do you actually believe God not only hears all your prayers, but can and will respond? Prayer can be misunderstood and is often overlooked, but it is central in our journey with Jesus. It isn’t an itemized list or simply a task to check off our busy ...  Read More
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God Thought 5/1/24
by John Mark Comer (YouVersion) on May 1st, 2024
Hurry doesn’t just make you weary. It is the great enemy of your spiritual life. In The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, John Mark Comer provides four down-to-earth practices for staying emotionally healthy and spiritually alive: 1) Silence and solitude, 2) Sabbath, 3) simplicity, and 4) slowing. It’s the unhurried Way of Jesus.  Read More
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God Thought 4/24/24
by Nathan Finsel on April 24th, 2024
Love is the highest value in the kingdom economy, but it’s not the only value. The triumvirate of love, joy and peace show up again and again in Jesus’ teachings, and the writings of Paul. They are the core reality we aim at in our spiritual journey with Jesus. All three are more than just emotions, they are overall conditions of the heart. They aren’t just pleasant feelings; they are the kinds of people we become through our apprenticeship to Jesus, who embodies all three ad infinitum. And joy, like love, is incompatible with hurry. All the spiritual masters – from inside and outside the Jesus tradition – agree on this (as do secular psychologists, mindfulness experts, etc.): if there’s a secret to happiness, it’s simple—presence to the moment. The more present we are to the now, the more grateful we are for what is, the more we tap into joy. We often vow to give God “our future” with great aplomb and a heroic virtue. But the future is easy to give God for the simple fact that we don’t have it. All we have is the present. The here and now. This moment, this pain, this joy, this gratitude, this surrender. And the more moments we slowly and gratefully turn over to God, the more we tap into his joy. Exercise for the day: Practice presence Find one, simple act of delight to do today – read a poem, listen to a song, drink a cup of coffee, take a short walk – and do it slowly, practicing presence to the moment and gratitude. Reading question: What good things do I pass over daily in my helter-skelter rush through life?  Read More
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God Thought 4/17/24
by John Mark Comer (YouVersion) on April 17th, 2024
Hurry doesn’t just make you weary. It is the great enemy of your spiritual life. In The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, John Mark Comer provides four down-to-earth practices for staying emotionally healthy and spiritually alive: 1) Silence and solitude, 2) Sabbath, 3) simplicity, and 4) slowing. It’s the unhurried Way of Jesus.  Read More
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God Thought 4/10/24
by John Mark Comer (YouVersion) on April 10th, 2024
Hurry doesn’t just make you weary. It is the great enemy of your spiritual life. In The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, John Mark Comer provides four down-to-earth practices for staying emotionally healthy and spiritually alive: 1) Silence and solitude, 2) Sabbath, 3) simplicity, and 4) slowing. It’s the unhurried Way of Jesus.  Read More
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God Thought 4/3/24
by John Mark Comer (YouVersion) on April 3rd, 2024
Hurry doesn’t just make you weary. It is the great enemy of your spiritual life. In The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, John Mark Comer provides four down-to-earth practices for staying emotionally healthy and spiritually alive: 1) Silence and solitude, 2) Sabbath, 3) simplicity, and 4) slowing. It’s the unhurried Way of Jesus.  Read More
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God Thought 3/27/24
by ARISE Church (YouVersion) on March 27th, 2024
Read: Mark 16:1-8John 8:12John 11:25Revelation 1:18 God is faithful. What He says He will do, He always fulfils. Every time Jesus made a statement about who He is he followed through. Everything He said He was, He proved to be. The “I am…” statements that Jesus made were not just inspirational phrases, they are transformational for any person who receives them and believes them.Jesus is the Son of...  Read More
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God Thought 3/20/24
by ARISE Church (YouVersion) on March 20th, 2024
Read:Mark 15:33-47Matthew 28:20Joshua 1:9John 16:33 Can you imagine what it was like for the disciples and loved ones of Jesus on that first Easter Saturday? The day after Jesus is nailed to the cross and placed in a tomb. The deep pain, the hurt and disappointment, the hopelessness and heartache. Imagine the questions and confusion swirling around their hearts and minds. For us, we have the benef...  Read More
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