I Want to be More

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I Want to be More

I don’t just want to do great things. I want to be great. I want to love with abandon, to flourish in all circumstances, to have wisdom for the ages, to be a place of refuge for the weary around me. I want to be so much more than I am—can I ever get there? Yes. And here’s how.

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Hope that Anchors Our Souls

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Hope that Anchors Our Souls

Life can give us many reasons to turn back from Jesus, whether it's because we don't think we need Him or don't think we can trust Him. So let's start our 2018 with a resolution to continue hoping in Him. This hope will anchor our souls and will allow us to press on in enthusiastic pursuit of being with Him.

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A Feast for Your Soul

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A Feast for Your Soul

God's steadfast love is better than life. It's experientially preferable. It's truly better than anything else we could ever encounter, up to and including life itself. And beholding this greatness of God is the key to changing ourselves into the kinds of people we want to and ought to be.

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Sent Out to Deal Hope (Hope Wanted #4)

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Sent Out to Deal Hope (Hope Wanted #4)

The way Jesus spreads His message of hope is through His people. In Luke 10, He empowers 72 followers to be just like Him, with spiritual authority, words directly from God, and a commission. If our goal is to see His gospel of hope spread around us today, all we have to do is embody hope where He's sent us.

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Who is Hopeless? (Hope Wanted #3)

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Who is Hopeless? (Hope Wanted #3)

The arrival of the kingdom of Jesus is good news for outsiders, outcasts, weirdos, and the truly hopeless. It's good news for the poor, people who cry themselves to sleep, and those who don't have enough to eat. It’s for widows and the infertile and gender and sexual minorities. Jesus is hope for the hopeless, for real.

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Jesus is All About Hope (Hope Wanted #1)

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Jesus is All About Hope (Hope Wanted #1)

This year is going to be a year of hope at Redemption Church. That's because we're in such desperate need of hope. But it's also because Jesus is all about hope. If we are going to spend time with Jesus, we're inevitably going to come away with hope. He is hope. He brings hope. He's the cause and the source of hope. So, as Christians, let's hope.

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How Can We Change? (The Father of Mercies #3)

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How Can We Change? (The Father of Mercies #3)

When you realize you're not yet the person you want to be, don't give up hope. Coming into the presence of God, by beholding His glory, is what the Holy Spirit can use to transform you. And transform us He will, by glory, into glory, until we're like Jesus.

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Fasting: A More Honest Hope (Already/Not Yet #2)

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Fasting: A More Honest Hope (Already/Not Yet #2)

Jesus expected that His followers would fast when He would no longer be physically present with them. We live in a tension of already/not yet: Jesus has come, but we desperately need Him to come back. God's kingdom has broken into this world, but it hasn't yet come in its fullness. We need help to cling to this kind of honest hope, which is why fasting is particularly helpful.

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Because the Darkness is Dying (Grace Restores Nature #3)

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Because the Darkness is Dying (Grace Restores Nature #3)

The darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining. This truth can compel us to change the world, and it can comfort our hearts when we're swallowed by despair. This truth fuses our spiritual lives with our everyday lives, our inner worlds with the world around us, and it reminds us of our place in God's grand plan to redeem the world. Praise God with everything you've got—the darkness is dying!

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I no longer live, but Christ lives in me (Seriously? #1)

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I no longer live, but Christ lives in me (Seriously? #1)

"I no longer live, but Christ lives in me." Um, seriously? How can that even be true?

Some statements from Paul in the New Testament make clear that his experience of faith far outstrips most of ours. But maybe these same statements can help us figure out why that's so.

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God with Us (When God Became Human #4)

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God with Us (When God Became Human #4)

The Bible is not a set of rules or a list of heroes for us to emulate. It is most of all a story--the truest of all stories. It's the story of God coming to dwell in the midst of His people. Praise God that He has made good on His promises in Jesus. We can have profound hope and expectation for this world because God is here with us.

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Our Work in Light of Eternity (I Was Made for This #4)

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Our Work in Light of Eternity (I Was Made for This #4)

What we hope in is what we live for. Our Christian hope transforms and fuels our work in the here and now. As frustrating and exhausting as our work can be, we don't give up. We give ourselves for the good of this world because we have a God of resurrection. Our work here is not in vain.

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Where Things Are Like They Should Be (Shalom on Earth #1)

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Where Things Are Like They Should Be (Shalom on Earth #1)

Everyone everywhere has always seen that the world's not like it should be. In other words, everyone everywhere has always seen that the world lacks God's peace, His shalom. But when Jesus was born, the angels announced that shalom had arrived. What on earth?

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