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Love Letters | Boundaries | Satan

Then Jesus said, “Go away, Satan! It is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.”  Matt. 4:10 “You don’t need to go to church. Sunday’s your day and you worked hard this week. You can be closer to God by yourself.” “Isn’t that girl hot? Take another look. Don’t you wonder what…
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Love Letters | Boundaries | Plans

“What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do.”  Isaiah 46:11 “Where are we?” The tiny voice came from the backseat for the tenth time, concerned about the plans. A father’s patient voice answered, “We’re going to Grandma’s, honey.” A half mile passed, and then, “But I…
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Love Letters | Boundaries | Freedom

To those who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  John 8:31-32 Most people have heard the latter part of this verse, but few quote the former—and that puts it in context. Jesus…
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Love Letters | Instructions

“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is like a wise person who builds a house on solid rock.” Matt. 7:24   Two guys: Hal and Sal. Hal’s a boastful know-it-all. If you took a trip, he took a better one. If you learned a new skill, he’s better at it. He shows…
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Love Letters | Instructions

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.  Psalm 119:105   Legos and Barbie shoes in the carpet at 2 am. Your shin slamming against an end table in the dark. And that sticker burr the dog brought in? Your screams when your foot found it in the middle…
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Love Letters | Instructions

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 1 Peter 1:23   Beth held out a tray of wilted seedlings. “Look at this! All my hard work. Dead! Now what am I…
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Love Letters | Instructions

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.  Psalm 32:81   Jerod’s hands were sweaty on the control stick and he couldn’t remember the last time he took a breath. “Easy now,” Instructor Pat said. “Just nudge it gently and begin…
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Love Letters | Instructions

This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.”  Jeremiah 23:16   Roundtrip excursions to heaven are now commonplace if you believe everything you read. And…
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Boundaries | Love Letters

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.  Colossians 3:5-6   We don’t hear much about the “wrath of God” anymore. It’s not positive enough. It doesn’t make us feel good, so we…
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Boundaries | Love Letters

So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. Ephesians 4:25   “Sure, I can do that.” “No, those spandex pants don’t make you look fat at all!” “Oh yes, we’ve visited many exotic places.” Lies come in many forms. They slip out of…
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