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04 Dec

Abiding With Jesus This Christmas: Prayer Guide [Resource]

In the busyness, activities, and challenges of Christmas, our need to abide in Jesus is even greater. 

This Advent, consider this invitation to intentional prayer: an invitation to abide, an invitation to have our deepest need met by Jesus.

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05 Oct

Living the Adventurous Life

It’s time to reacquaint ourselves with the adventurous life. Biblical Christianity, I would argue, can be nothing else.

Risky.

Challenging.

It demands that we continuously trust God and leap.

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01 Sep

Surrendered Dreams [Devotional]

Twelve years ago, I made the difficult decision to stop coaching wrestling at the Christian Academy of Japan. My love and passion for coaching wrestling was still there, but I knew the Lord was leading me to begin a new season of ministry. It was one of the most gut-wrenching decisions I have ever made. I didn’t know if I would ever have the opportunity to coach wrestling again, which made it even more difficult.

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19 May

Weeds of Faith [Devotional]

Are you familiar with the parable of the mustard seed? Jesus’s disciples are questioning “why they couldn’t drive out the demon?” Jesus answers with this: “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here, to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20).

All my life I grew up thinking about that little mustard seed and what could be accomplished with such little faith. I would like to share what I’ve learned about that little seed and why these words from Jesus meant so much to the disciples he was talking to, starting with something that surprised me.

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03 Mar

Pour Out Your Cup [Devotional]

Recently, while praying, I saw myself standing next to Niagara Falls with a small cup of water.

As some of you may know, the Niagara Falls combine to form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world: more than 6 million cubic feet (168,000 m3) of water falls over the crest line every minute.

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24 Feb

Living Simply for the Kingdom [Devotional]

MARK 10:17-23 (ESV) | And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.

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16 Feb

A Different Kind of Security


I was invited to speak
to three hundred or so high schoolers. I was asked to speak on the theme of dwelling/abiding, and more specifically, the safety and security that comes when we make the Lord our dwelling place and he abides with us. Sounds easy enough, right? But let me ask you, when you think of safety and security, what comes to mind? How do you define safety and security?

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13 Jan

Restoring Kingdom Vision [Devotional]

MARK 10:46-52 (NLT) | Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road. When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” “Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him. But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.” So they called the blind man.
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28 Dec

Love Is Everything: A Meditation for the New Year [Free Resource]


“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 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.’” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
Luke 10:26-28

The Prayer of Examen is an ancient practice in the Church that can help us see God's hand at work in our whole experience. As we prepare for the new year, it's a good time to pause to reflect on 2016 to see how God has been at work in us through the year and to listen for new guidance for the future.

The free e-guide "Love is Everything" offered below is a short devotional resource that will help walk you through the steps of the Examen Prayer. We hope that you will find it helpful as you listen for God's voice speaking to you through all the circumstances of your life.

 

Download the reflection guide 

 

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23 Dec

Fourth Week of Advent: LOVE

Advent is from the latin word for “coming.” It's a season when the Church prepares for the coming of Christ in our hearts and lives. On the four Fridays during Advent, we've asked a CRM staff person to share a reflection on what Christ’s coming could mean for their ministry context, inviting us to engage personally with the weekly themes of Advent: Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.

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