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“And he said to them all, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23). When reading the Bible, it is sometimes easy to skim right over a key phrase. It’s so familiar, we just hurry on past without stopping to consider the full meaning and how it might apply to our lives. When I read the above scripture, I paused and asked myself, “So how do I take up my cross daily? What does that really mean?” I’ve talked about the cross, read about the cross,…

All of my life I’ve had a desire to be used by God. I knew that as a believer it was the only correct response to being freed from sin.   If I love God, I am commissioned to tell others about the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ at Calvary. It took many years for me to completely surrender to this call to discipleship. In fact, it has just been over the past few months that everything I thought mattered in my life was replaced by a desire to only please God and to bring others into His love. You will experience…

 “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.” (Romans 9:17, NKJV) Earlier this summer, I awoke with a feeling of intense gratitude and overwhelming sense of humility that God choses to use ordinary, flawed people like me in His kingdom. I began to pray, leading off with the lyrics to a song that I have lately come to hold close to my heart: “… lead my steps, change my ways, put Your purpose in this place… I need you I need you…