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New Thought Patterns

But, you also need some new thought patterns. Romans 12:2, the first part says: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind ….” It is not enough to have a new motivation to change. It is not enough to have a divine power […]

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Internal Motivation

In the Hebrew mindset, the body, the soul, and the mind were all intertwined. The relational part of your life, the intellectual part of your life, the spiritual part of your life, and the physical part of your life all work together. So when he says, give your bodies to God, he is saying give […]

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Soar Above The World

Jesus Christ stood on a hillside next to the Sea of Galilee and preached the greatest message of all time. We call it the Sermon on the Mount, and the most famous part of the Sermon on the Mount is The Beatitudes. In The Beatitudes, Jesus torpedoed the lies that our culture feeds us about […]

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Something Out of Nothing

In my devotional time a while back, I was reading the story of creation in Genesis, Chapter 1. As I was journaling about it, God really impressed upon me that the same process that God used to create the world is the same creative process He wants to use in my life to create a […]

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Firsthand Experience | Day 30

Church: The Hope Of The World Scripture to meditate on: “In his name the nations will put their hope.” (Matthew 12:21) The following is an excerpt from Firsthand: Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own by Ryan and Josh Shook. When we set out to discover our own firsthand faith, we were disillusioned with church. […]

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Firsthand Experience | Day 29

Finding Real Freedom Scripture to meditate on: “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” ( John 8:32) The following is an excerpt from Firsthand: Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own by Ryan and Josh Shook. One of the most liberating and powerful statements of all time comes from the lips […]

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Firsthand Experience | Day 28

Choose Reckless Confidence Over Boring Religion Scripture to meditate on: “Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.” (Ephesians 3:12) The following is an excerpt from Firsthand: Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own by Ryan and Josh Shook. Maybe the most important action step […]

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Firsthand Experience | Day 27

The Day Of Reckoning Scripture to meditate on: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33) The following is an excerpt from Firsthand: Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own by Ryan and Josh Shook. What we have learned and so many […]

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Firsthand Experience | Day 26

Learning To Rely On The Lord Scripture to meditate on: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5) The following is an excerpt from Firsthand: Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own by Ryan and Josh Shook. For a few months now, my friends and I […]

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Firsthand Experience | Day 25

The Challenge Scripture to meditate on: “He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Luke 10:27) The following is an excerpt from Firsthand: Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own by […]

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