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Is your life in need of a resurrection ?

This verse has been in front of me everywhere the past few weeks!   The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. How I long to live in the reality of this truth... every moment,  every day. I love how the Message version reads...   But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God’s terms. It...

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My late summer retreat (6)

I grew up hearing the word sanctification a lot. One definition is:  in its verbal form, sanctify, literally means "to set apart" for special use or purpose, that is, to make holy or sacred. Ron preached a message at Amplify about a month ago talking about this very thing. I think we struggle with this process in the church.  We are either "set apart" and have no influence in the world around us because of lack of interaction or we are in the world and living just like the world so again no influence for the Kingdom of God. Ouch!....that hurt me a little just typing it out! I had a thought this past week after reading some different passages of...

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