Resources relating to nearness, fellowship, and friendship with Jesus while He is absent.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on October 22, 2012

Call it "devotions", "secret place", or "quiet time", our hearts always seem to struggle to maintain time alone with God. If our weak heart and the devil's distraction is not enough, our modern society and culture is also geared to pull us away from solitude. As I wrote about last month, there's enough trinkets, toys, new models, new movies, and new things coming out to numb us to our boredom. Sometimes we find it almost impossible to find that "alone" time with the Lord because there's always one more person to network with, one more email to send, one more phone call to make, or one...

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Posted on June 4, 2012

This morning as I was reading and praying with Jon Thurlow's 8am set in the prayer room, this tweet that John Piper posted last year came to mind:

Heaven is not a hall of mirrors where we like what we see, but the grand gift of self-forgetful joy in the glory of Christ.

In this present evil age, sin causes us to believe that life's greatest joys are found in being praised, affirmed, loved, and recognized. In our quest for lasting joy we work...

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Posted on March 6, 2012

Have your words or actions ever been misconstrued? Have you ever felt the pain of rejection from close friends or family? Though sin and the curse have made these things a common human experience, God Himself has felt the pain of misunderstanding.

Throughout Jesus' life and ministry, there were several groups of people who interacted frequently with Him:

  • His own family (His mother Mary, His four brothers and His sisters) - Matthew 13:55-56
  • The women who attended to Him and cared for His needs (Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna) - Luke 8:2-3
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Posted on February 22, 2012

In our day, some parts of the church are experiencing a resurgence of interest in the book of the Song of Solomon. Instead of bearing the stigma of an obscure book about love and marriage from the Old Testament, the book is increasingly being understood as an allegory between Jesus and His bride. Though this was probably not the primary reason for its inclusion in the canon of Scripture, the wisdom of the Holy Spirit is evidently seen in its resurgence as it undergirds the New Testament truths of Jesus as a bridegroom and His body as His bride (Matthew 9:15, Ephesians 5:32, Revelation 19...

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on February 16, 2012

Since the Renaissance and the Enlightenment when numerous scientific discoveries and social advancements were made, Western culture has increasingly been marked by progress, convenience, and abundance. According to the UNU-WIDER study on The World Distribution of Household Wealth from December 2006, America and Europe comprise only 15% of the world's total population yet possess 66% of the world's wealth. Information is accessible at our fingertips or just down the road in a library. We ate breakfast this morning and don't have to worry about where...

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on February 6, 2012

I am becoming more and more aware of how much "Christian-ese" fills our conversation, song, and writing. We have held phrases in our rhetoric for so long that they have lost virtually all of their meaning - sometimes in writing, but especially when spoken or sung. Modern Christian conversation is becoming at best only peppered with phrases from the Bible rather than being saturated with the precious words of Jesus, the wisdom of the psalmists, or the warnings of the prophets. When Biblical phrases are used, they are often oriented around man and his need, rather than God and His glory...

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on January 30, 2012

Growing in the knowledge of God and in passion for Jesus is not mysterious, though for many believers the process remains vague, ambiguous, and ethereal. If the full disclosure of God is seen in the person of Jesus, the most natural way to grow in the knowledge of God is to look at the life of Jesus.

The four gospels give every Christian entrance into His life, which is the foundational substance of our relationship and intimacy with Him. Jesus is not an object to acquire information about, but rather a Person to be known.

In this teaching, Josh discusses the necessity...

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By Dana Candler Posted on December 23, 2011

How can we know what God is like? How can we be satisfied in Him? The knowledge of God and seeing what His heart is like is what keeps us on the journey to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength.

In this teaching, Dana Candler reminds us that our pursuit of God and who He is must be centered in the words and life of Jesus.

Dana gave this teaching in Kansas City in January 2011.

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By Stephen Venable Posted on December 22, 2011

True passion for Jesus can only be found when our pursuit of Him is rooted in the knowledge of who He is. If our passion is for a person, the most natural thing we would do would be to devour every detail about His life that was available to us.

In this teaching, Stephen Venable clarifies the need of the hour to know Jesus deeply, and the means to know Him - the study of His life.

This teaching was given in Kansas City, MO in April, 2011.

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By Stephen Venable Posted on December 22, 2011

True passion for Jesus can only be found when our pursuit of Him is rooted in the knowledge of who He is. If our passion is for a person, the most natural thing we would do would be to devour every detail about His life that was available to us.

In these notes, Stephen Venable clarifies the need of the hour to know Jesus deeply, and the means to know Him - the study of His life.

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