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June 30 Devotional

’ve been thinking a lot lately about the whole idea of intimacy. Particularly about what it really is and how it is created and nurtured - as well as what are obstacles and hindrances to the cultivating of intimacy in relationships. I have a suspicion that, like most things, if we consider how intimacy is developed and grown between people it will help us begin to unders...

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June 29 Devotional

O God, who existed before all things, draw near to my heart today as I draw near to yours. Grant that as we are together during this time - as well as this day - I will know of your presence to the very core of my being. Let me experience the intimacy with you that I was created for. In the name of Jesus, the Word made flesh. Amen....

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June 28 Devotional

The story of the Sacred Romance begins not with God alone, the Author at his desk, but with God in relationship, intimacy beyond our wildest imagination, heroic intimacy. The Trinity is at the center of the universe; perfect relationship is the heart of reality. Think of your best moments of love or friendship or creative partnership, the best times with family or friends...

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June 27 Devotional

To love is good, too: love being difficult. For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation. ("Letters to a Young Poet" by Rainer Maria Rilke)...

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June 26 Devotional

They say that the things we spend the most time beholding are the things we ultimately end up becoming in the long run. Somehow those things that occupy our hearts and minds tend to form us in ways we are not even fully aware of. Therefore, it seems pretty important that we be very intentional about what we are beholding on a regular basis. To behold is much different from...

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June 25 Devotional

Like the woman at the well, sooner or later, perhaps in a quiet, reflective moment, we must all come to terms with the honest truth that we were looking for more than we’ve found thus far. We certainly don’t resemble the Samaritan woman. We keep our marriages to a minimum, and we hold down respectable jobs and pay our bills on time. We may look pretty respectable and o...

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June 24 Devotional

How do you explain the unexplainable? It seems like that is a problem God often runs into. Not necessarily a problem for him, after all, he’s God. But more a problem for us as we attempt to get our minds and hearts around things that are so much bigger than we dare dream about. I think that’s why God often speaks in the language of metaphor. He gives us visual images t...

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June 22 Devotional

Transformation and intimacy both cry out for ministry. We are led through the furnace of God’s purity not just for our own sake but also for the sake of others. We are drawn up into the bosom of God’s love not merely to experience acceptance but also so we can give His love to others....

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June 21 Devotional

Lord God, asking for more of you seems like such a dangerous request. In fact, if you indeed give us what we are asking for, it will probably wreck our lives as we now know them. But our desire for more of you is also the deepest longing of our hearts. So regardless of the outcome, O Lord, give us more of you than we have right now. Fill us to overflowing with your power a...

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June 20 Devotional

Let us give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men. For, in his great passion for us, he will not allow us to settle for less than the beauty and delight he had in mind for us when he dreamt us into being. Amen....

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June 19 Devotional

When we submit our lives to what we read in Scripture, we find that we are not being led to see God in our stories but our stories in God’s. God is the larger context and plot in which our stories find themselves. - Eugene Peterson...

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June 18 Devotional

The first time he saw her was across a bonfire at a friend’s house after a football game. She was there with a friend of a friend and caught his eye right off the bat. As a matter of fact, he just couldn’t take his eyes off of her. It wasn’t just because she was beautiful - which she absolutely was - but it was so much more than that. It was more of a quality about h...

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June 17 Devotional

“You’re writing another book about yourself?” Jordan asked. He was sitting at the counter in the kitchen eating a bowl of cereal. He had his laptop open and was choosing the starting lineup for his college fantasy basketball team. He’d been playing the game for a year and finally had a division one team. He said he was going to start his best defense, because defen...

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June 16 Devotional

The rabbis guide their people with stories; ministers usually guide with ideas and theories. We need to become storytellers again, and so to multiply our ministry by calling around us the great witnesses who in different ways offer guidance to doubting hearts....

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June 14 Devotional

Immediately after my calling - without consulting anyone around me and without going up to Jerusalem to confer with those who were apostles long before I was - I got away to Arabia. Later I returned to Damascus, but it was three years before I went up to Jerusalem to compare stories with Peter. (Galatians 1:16-18, "The Message")...

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June 13 Devotional

Long you must suffer, knowing not what, until suddenly out of spitefully chewed fruit your suffering’s taste comes forth in you. Then you will love almost instantly what’s tasted. No one will ever talk you out of it. - Rainer Maria Rilke...

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June 12 Devotional

“I tell you he is the King of the wood and the son of the great Emperor-beyond-the-Sea. Don’t you know who is the King of Beasts? Aslan is a lion ...

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June 11 Devotional

Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any misery, any depression, since after all you don’t know what work these conditions are doing inside you? Why do you want to persecute yourself with the question of where all this is coming from and where it is going? Since you know, after all, that you are in the midst of transitions and you wished for nothing s...

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June 10 Devotional

The quality of our faith - or genuineness, as Peter calls it - only comes to the surface when it is refined by fire. That is when we can tell what we are really made of. That is when our faith is proven either real or artificial. Anyone can claim to have faith when everything is going well, right? But it is only when the heat is turned up and the flames of trial are leapin...

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June 8 Devotional

Difficulty either seems to bring out the best or the worst in people. Either they rise to the occasion and meet difficulty with renewed strength, determination, and resolve; or they head for the hills. In this case the difficulty was in the form of a teaching; something that Jesus was saying that sounded pretty outlandish: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the ...

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June 7 Devotional

It’s amazing how addicted I’ve become to ease. And it’s even more amazing how that addiction doesn’t seem to alarm me the way it should. Maybe that’s why this reminder from Matthew is so helpful. It reminds me that if ease is my number one goal and pursuit--be it in my marriage, or my friendships, or my job, or my parenting, or my ministry, or even in my spiritua...

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June 6 Devotional

Nothing is more inviting than an open door; especially a door that has been opened by God. And that is the image we have before us today. God has set an open door before us, which no one is able to shut. No one! What does that mean? What is this mysterious door? And what is the invitation that this open door beckons us to? ...

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June 5 Devotional

Being tolerant is generally thought of as a positive virtue in this day and age. And in terms of being loving, caring, and accepting of those around us, that would seem to be a good and right thing. After all, didn’t Jesus eat withtax gatherers and sinners? Wasn’t it Jesus who said, “It is no the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. For I have not come to call th...

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June 4 Devotional

The cost of following Jesus is high. It is easy to lose sight of that fact in the country and the culture we live in. For most of us following Jesus in America has cost us very little, especially compared to those who live in other parts of the world. It seems that our culture is much like the one of the church in Laodicea rather than Smyrna. That is probably why we can te...

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June 3 Devotional

One of the constant struggles in the life of faith is to pay attention to the right voices and ignore the wrong ones. That would be especially true if you lived in a place like Pergamum. It was the heart of Enemy territory. The capital city of Evil. It was a place of indulgence, immorality, and deception. It was a place where the wrong voices abounded. And one of the chief...

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June 2 Devotional

A reputation is a powerful thing. Because a reputation (good or bad) is often not reality, but only someone’s impression of reality. And in our day and age - as well as that of the church at Sardis apparently - impression is everything. If you can create and maintain the impression you are hoping for then who cares what the reality is, right? Thus, impression becomes all...

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June 1 Devotional

It is amazing how easily love can turn into duty if we are not careful to keep the fires of romance alive deep in our hearts. Not that duty is a bad thing mind you, but if that’s all we’ve got, it is far from the passionate love that is what our hearts most deeply long for in relationship; particularly in our relationship with God....

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