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I was thanking God for showing me a new heart issue that needed to be healed, when these words landed in my heart: I reveal it so we can heal it. Dr. Mark Virkler says we hear God’s voice as “spontaneous thoughts that alight upon our minds.” That’s a pretty good definition, but I would […]

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Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” This is often taken to mean, “Only give, don’t ever receive.” But I think Jesus is just describing the beginning of the giving and receiving cycle. It is more blessed to give than to receive because giving is how everything starts. Dr. Tony Evans […]

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The one kind of “abundant gift” I most resist, yet often becomes the most precious, is what I call “disguised gifts.” These are the things in our lives that we don’t welcome because they involve suffering of some kind, but afterward when we look back, we see that in fact, it was a gift. Such […]

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During a session in something called Immanuel Prayer, a process to help people connect relationally, intimately, personally and securely with God in a prayer ministry session, I “saw” with my spiritual eyes a vision of Jesus’ Resurrection. First, I “saw” Jesus’ lifeless body in the tomb, wrapped in the grave cloths.  An invisible hand begins […]

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One day on my morning walk, I was contemplating what a mess we human beings have made of this world. The feeling, as I thought of the latest news (don’t remember what exactly triggered this) was anxiety. Into these thoughts, into this worry, came an inner “voice,” an impression of words on my spirit: “I […]

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. What could be better than a whole day devoted to food, friendship, and gratitude? In fact, Thanksgiving is actually the healthiest holiday we have. And I’m not just talking about the turkey and the side dishes. Thanksgiving is the healthiest holiday because the benefits of gratitude are measurable. In a […]

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Vonnie, a pianist and one of my clients, shared with me an incredible true story that happened to her the week before Christmas. I thought it was a perfect reminder that God is a God of miracles, any time of the year. For years I have almost been crippled with this stabbing sensation of fear […]

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I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the LORD was watching over me. –Psalm 3:5m NLT A good friend of mine, Cathy, had a near brush with death a few months ago. Here is her story. On October 25, 2011 I had a heart attack. The problem was, I didn’t […]

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In my work now, helping people heal their “heart issues”, I hear some incredibly sad stories. Stories of nearly unspeakable cruelty, doled out by people who themselves are damaged. You and I walk among wounded people. Some people hide their scars pretty well. Some do not. One man told of being at a church gathering. […]

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One day in church–it was  Good Friday, actually– I was sitting in the back of the church and a dad was quietly explaining what was going on to his young son. I thought, “I never did that with my kids. No wonder they say they don’t believe in God now.” I felt guilty, and confessed […]

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