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There are Spoils to be Taken - Streams in the Desert - December 18

When one army is more than conqueror it is likely to drive the other from the field and take possession of the whole.

  No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us!—Rom 8:37    The Gospel is so arranged and the gift of God so great that you may take the very enemies that fight you and the forces that are arrayed against you and make them steps up to the very gates of heaven and into the presence of God.   Like the eagle, who sits on a crag and watches the sky as it is filling with blackness, and the forked lightnings are playing up and down, and he is sitting perfectly still, turning one eye and then the other toward the storm. But he never moves until he begins to feel the burst of the breeze and knows that the hurricane has struck him; with a scream, he swings his breast to the storm, and uses the storm to go up to the sky; away he goes, borne upward upon it.   That is what God wants of every one of His children, to be more than conqueror, turning the storm-cloud into a chariot. You know when one army is more than conqueror it is likely to drive the other from the field, to get all the ammunition, the food and supplies, and to take possession of the whole. That is just what our text means. There are spoils to be taken!   Beloved, have you got them? When you went into that terrible valley of suffering did you come out of it ... read more

If You Ever Feel Lonely, Read This - Encouragement for Today - December 16, 2014

There is something wonderfully sacred about choosing to look past being set aside to see God's call to be set apart.

DECEMBER 16, 2014 If You Ever Feel Lonely, Read This LYSA TERKEURST "Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses." Psalm 25:16-17 (ESV) There were many feelings I expected to have at this conference I'd been looking forward to attending. Acceptance. Fun. Camaraderie. On paper, these were my people. They lead organizations. I lead an organization. They are vulnerable. I am vulnerable. Like me, they know the stresses of deadlines, trying to balance kids with ministry, and the nagging sense that we should keep hidden the fact that we have the pizza delivery place on speed dial. Yes, these will for sure be my people. And the great thing about gathering with people you just know you're going to bond with is that they will get you. Really get you ... like on the level of having inside jokes that makes every conversation comfortable and delightful. I couldn't wait to be with these people. And I couldn't wait for the deep friendships that would surely bloom as a result of our time together. I walked into the meeting room and quickly located the table of the people I was excited to meet. Every seat had a nametag attached so I circled the table looking for mine. As I got to the last chair and realized my name wasn't there, I got a sinking feeling. I milled around the room looking for ... read more

Why Did Jesus Become a Human? - Answering the Mysteries of Jesus Christ - Dec. 15

Though he delivered the greatest teachings ever given, Jesus came here for more than that.

Quote of the Day "Several things may be gathered out of Luke 2:1-7 that reveal to us that it was the proper time for the Savior to come." ~Matthew Henry (from "An Empire Ready for a Savior?")  Today's Answer Why Did Jesus Become a Human? Greg Laurie Hebrews 4:15 says, "For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (NKJV). Talk about having friends in high places. The Bible is saying that you are not serving agod who is disinterested in you. You are not serving a God who doesn't know what it is like to literally walk in your shoes. So you can go boldly to the throne of grace and find grace to help in time of need. Jesus Christ, who was God in human form, never lived for a moment outside of the perfect will of God. He never gave in to a temptation. He never had an impure thought. He never did one wrong thing. He never displeased His Father in the smallest matter. He was flawless. He was sinless. He was perfect. So why did Jesus come to earth as God in human form? Was it to give us the ultimate teachings ever? No. Though they were the greatest teachings ever given, He came here ... read more