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Activated July 2016

Walking with God - July 2016

Our days are full of surprises and the unexpected. Read on to discover how walking with God can make a difference in your life, relationships, and work, and help you navigate whatever comes your way.
 

01-07-2016
Knowing God
Knowing God

God has a problem!

Lots of people say they believe in God, but they don’t really know who He is.

To many children, God is something of a cross between a superhero and a friendly old wizard with a long white beard. Superman meets Dumbledore.

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01-07-2016
The Hiding Place
The Hiding Place

When I was born, only a few years after WW2, Holland was still getting back on its feet, and the aftermath of the war and occupation was still visible. I grew up hearing many stories about the things people had endured, and it filled me with deep respect for the sacrifices that had been made, including by those who chose to stay true to their convictions, even to their own harm.

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01-07-2016
Radiant Imprints
Radiant Imprints

“He (Jesus) is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of God’s nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power.”1

Jesus described Himself as “the light of the world,”2 but have you ever contemplated what that means? Jesus is the radiant brilliance of the Father that shines into our lives, manifesting the love and nature of God, illumining our way to the Father so that we can experience and ultimately come to understand who God is.

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01-07-2016
Meanings and Purposes
Meanings and Purposes

For as long as I can remember, I’ve felt strongly that I needed a purpose, a “mission,” a life plan. It’s both part of my natural personality type and how I was brought up to understand that God worked—that He had a calling, a “special place in His kingdom” for each of us. I still believe that … but differently.

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01-07-2016
Surprise!
Surprise!

How about those moments when life is moving along smoothly, it looks like you have a good view of where things are headed, you’re making progress … and then all of a sudden, surprise! A total about-face happens. Something that forces you to change and pushes you in a different direction. A complete game changer.

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01-07-2016
From Mundane to Marvelous
From Mundane to Marvelous

One of my favorite novels is C. S. Lewis’s The Horse and His Boy, one of the seven books in The Chronicles of Narnia series. The heroine, Aravis, is a princess trying to escape an arranged marriage to a high-ranking, but loathsome, fellow. Escaping with her are some newfound friends who, despite being unrelated, cross paths with her and decide to travel together for safety. Their destination is the mystical land of Narnia.

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01-07-2016
What God Does For Me
What God Does For Me

When I came in for my nursing shift in the department for Alzheimer’s sufferers, one patient was very agitated and wouldn’t sit still. I could have given her some medication to calm her, but as she wasn’t aggressive or in pain, I instead walked around with her for a while. It was an aimless stroll; I would stop at times to look at paintings, show her a teddy bear, look out the window, etc., but mostly we just walked.

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01-07-2016
Peace
Peace

Many people do not even hope to find love and joy, for both seem impossible to them; however, they would give everything in exchange for peace. Some people think money can help them find peace and solve their problems. But even if all the weapons were removed from the face of the earth and all the nations developed a friendly relationship, we would still not achieve the peace we so desperately need. The peace I’m talking about is not just a lack of conflict and a sensation of well-being, but perfect inner tranquility.

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01-07-2016
Creation and Soul Healing
Creation and Soul Healing

Living in a big city can take its toll on our spirits, minds, and bodies. The crowded conditions, the selfishness, the barrage of media, the stress of normal life, relationships, health, finances, family, friends, coworkers … it can all get to us if we do not take time daily to refresh our spirit with a good reading of God’s Word and prayer.

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01-07-2016
Walking with God
Walking with God

In the very first chapters of Genesis, we read of an enigmatic character, Enoch. Though we know little about him now, it seems that Enoch was well-known in Jesus’ time, as the New Testament book of Jude records a prophecy received by him in relation to the Latter Days.1 This patriarch (born only seven generations after Adam) was also the father of the person who lived the longest in the Bible, Methuselah.2

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01-07-2016
I Am Here to Help
I Am Here to Help

I know all about you—your gifts, your talents, your strengths. I also know your weaknesses, your idiosyncrasies, and all the funny things about you that make you an individual. I know about the nagging problems that you can’t seem to overcome and all the things about yourself that bother you. I know your heart’s desires and secret longings. There is nothing hidden from Me.

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