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“Coddle” vs “Make Whole”

Pastor Dan Mohler said something that has completely transformed the way I minister to  myself and others.  He said, paraphrasing, that we spend so much time coddling one another's broken hearts that we forget to teach that our hearts don't have to be broken.  Since hearing this I have chosen not to coddle my flesh.  There is no freedom in coddling. Coddle: to treat in an indulgent or overprotective way, pamper, spoil, gratify, accommodate, wait on hand and foot, satiate. When I consider the definition of coddle above, I cringe.  I do not want to coddle my flesh, for my flesh can lead me…

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This Valentine’s Day ~ Hallmark or Jesus?

  Hallmark tells us that if we care enough, we will send the very best...which of course means one of their greeting cards. God did send the very best...which of course is Jesus Christ. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16 Today is a day full of romance, love, joy and...chocolate! Yet for some there is no joy on Valentine's Day.  Instead the day holds a painful reminder of something lacking.  Maybe distance is separating you from a loved one,…

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Provision Is Spelled J-E-S-U-S

I hate glasses.  I hate contact lenses.  I hate the word hate, but I use it when I speak of the works of the devil. ...But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil.  1 John 3:8 Yes, in its context the verse above refers to sin.  Christ destroyed sin on the cross.  But He also destroyed the consequences of sin, which in this case is poor vision. Let's unpack this...  When Jesus was crucified, He took our sin and its consequences upon Himself so that we might live free (John 8:36).  I say "might", for it…

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Scholars, Theologians or Holy Spirit – Who’s Your Source?

But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don't need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true--it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.  1 John 2:27 Hallelujah!  When we are born-again, Holy Spirit abides in us!  How awesome is that? But do you believe it? When we are seeking wisdom or clarity on scripture, where is the first place that we turn?  I didn't say should turn, I…

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