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Dale Cresap is a Certified CWG Facilitator posting daily devotional blogs of two-way journaling. (What is two-way journaling?) Enjoy and be encouraged!

daily word - high or low?

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Do you prefer high church or low church? These terms are not in common use anymore, but they were in times past, and the distinctives still remain. High church is more formal, traditional, and liturgical, and low church is more experience based. Each person is free to choose according to his own conscience and preferences and each thinks his choice is the best, but there is room in my body for many expressions and each should be prepared to accept his brother who prefers a different style. Does it seem to be implied that high is better than low?

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daily word - can you handle it?

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Would you like to have an encounter with me? What would you expect this to involve? You have some examples in the Bible to consider. Would you expect it to be placid and serene? This isn’t what the Bible characters experienced. Consider Moses who exceedingly trembled, and Isaiah who was undone. Consider John who fell to his face as a dead man. These were extreme experiences for those involved, and they were not sure they would survive the encounter, but they did, and were transformed. So do you still want to have an encounter with me? Can you handle it?

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daily word - right all along?

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Do you go to church to be reassured that you were right all along? There is comfort in this but it is false comfort. I have more to accomplish in your life and it will not be done if it isn’t brought to your attention. Can you accept that I love you absolutely and still want you to move forward? Change is a permanent condition. Look at the natural world around you. The part of you that opposes change is working against you. Have you ever sensed my Spirit saying you were right all along?

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daily word - more truth?

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Have you ever been lied to, or believed something you later found was untrue? This is understandably devastating. Consider the other side of the coin. Have you ever found that there is truth outside of your tradition? This situation is not as severe, for who would claim to know everything? Yet this too can be devastating for those who have been brought up and indoctrinated in a world view that is small and self-contained.

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daily word - rich or poor?

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Do you think the gospel message is for the poor or the rich? You could say everyone, but that would avoid a valid issue. The Bible says not many rich or noble are called. What is your own experience? Do you find your fellow believers drawn more from the top of society or the bottom? What is the incentive for those who are well-off in this world to seek the Kingdom of God? They are winning in the present system and have their reward. Those who are not have a stronger incentive to seek a place of refuge in the world above and they have my promise that they will find it.

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daily word - magical?

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Have you ever heard of magical thinking? Have you ever been accused of it? This term is not used as a compliment, and it is often directed toward believers. The implication is that anything that can’t be fully explained by rational inquiry is superstitious and doesn’t really exist. Yet everyone including the skeptics and critics considers some things to be important that don’t yield to systematic analysis. These would include love and suffering and beauty and death. Spirituality is not magic, but it is a way to address the questions of identity and belonging and meaning.

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daily word - marked?

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Are you a marked man? This phrase is used to refer to someone designated for a special purpose, and sometimes has a literal meaning. Indigenous peoples still practice initiation rites to mark transitions and many of these involve permanent markings. Lest you roll your eyes at these “primitive” practices consider that I gave circumcision to my people as a covenant ritual. Paul experienced this, but this isn’t what he was referring to when he said, I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Not all marks are external and visible.

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daily word - silence

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Do you find meaning in silence? There are some faith traditions in which silence is an intentional practice. How have you experienced silence in connection with other people? Since a conversation involves speaking by turns, silence is necessary on the part of the one who is listening. So silence can be an active attending presence, and among intimates this presence is real and profound even when neither is speaking. But silence can also indicate a passive withdrawal, disengagement, and absence. How do you experience silence in a spiritual context?

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daily word - difficult task

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Are you familiar with the Great Commission? Go ye into all the world and make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey all I have commanded you. Christians refer to this task as evangelism. It is also less commonly known by the term proselytizing. This term is so broadly defined that it can be applied to any attempt to get anyone to change their mind about anything. Evangelism certainly is that, but much more besides. Have you found it is a far greater challenge to make disciples than it is to get someone to profess belief? Do not be discouraged.

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daily word - religion and politics

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Have you heard it said that religion and politics should not be discussed in polite company? But these are things that matter. Does this imply that you should only discuss things that do not matter? Because these things do matter people feel strongly about them, and this can lead to contention. How can you discuss these important topics without starting a fight? You can start by viewing the people you encounter in the essence of their humanity rather than as the embodiment of the sum of their opinions.

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4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice

4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice

by Mark and Patti Virkler | 305 Pages

Have you ever wished you could just sit down and have a long talk with the Lord? Wouldn't it be wonderful to move beyond having a theology that states that God loves you to actually hearing Him whisper words of love into your heart? When you're worried or confused, wouldn't you love to see the situation from His perspective and hear how He wants you to respond?


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4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice (hard cover)

by Mark and Patti Virkler | 305 Pages

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4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice Audio CD Package

4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice Audio CD Package

By Mark Virkler | 4 Keys book | 10 hours of CDs | LEARN notebook

Have you ever wished you could just sit down and have a long talk with the Lord? Wouldn't it be wonderful to move beyond having a theology that states that God loves you to actually hearing Him whisper words of love into your heart? When you're worried or confused, wouldn't you love to see the situation from His perspective and hear how He wants you to respond?

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4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice DVD Package

4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice DVD Package

By Mark Virkler | 4 Keys book | 10 hours of DVDs | LEARN notebook

Have you ever wished you could just sit down and have a long talk with the Lord? Wouldn't it be wonderful to move beyond having a theology that states that God loves you to actually hearing Him whisper words of love into your heart? When you're worried or confused, wouldn't you love to see the situation from His perspective and hear how He wants you to respond? When things don't seem to be going your way and your prayers aren't answered the way you had hoped, wouldn't it be great to hear Him tell you where He is in the midst of it, and what He is working out in your life? Are you ever just a little bit jealous of others who say with such confidence, "The Lord said...."?

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Dialogue with God

by Mark and Patti Virkler | 296 Pages

This top seller for 30 years from Bridge Logos provides a narrative, right-brain presentation of the principles of how to hear God's voice. Especially enjoyable for personal use, it makes a great gift for introducing a loved one to the voice of God. This book teaches the four keys to hearing God's voice in readable style, and also devotes two entire chapters to moving samples of people's journaling (i.e. their two-way dialogue with God).

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Have you ever wished you could just sit down and have a long talk with the Lord? Wouldn't it be wonderful to move beyond having a theology that states that God loves you to actually hearing Him whisper words of love into your heart? When you're worried or confused, wouldn't you love to see the situation from His perspective and hear how He wants you to respond? When things don't seem to be going your way and your prayers aren't answered the way you had hoped, wouldn't it be great to hear Him tell you where He is in the midst of it, and what He is working out in your life? Are you ever just a little bit jealous of others who say with such confidence, "The Lord said...."?

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How to Hear God's Voice

by Mark and Patti Virkler | 317 Pages

We recommend that you order the newest revision of this book titled 4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice. It includes 95% of the content of How to Hear God's Voice but is reorganized so it fits perfectly with the 10 DVDs on this subject by Mark Virkler. In addition, it gets you started using the four keys earlier in the book and gives you more journaling samples and exercises. Since we have removed the large margins, it is a smaller and less expensive book.

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LEARN 4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice Notebook

LEARN 4 Keys to Hearing God's Voice

by Mark and Patti Virkler

This 49-page Life Enrichment And Review Notebook (previously called a "Seminar Guide") is designed to go along with the CD/ DVD series and/or PowerPoint presentation. If receiving training in a group, we highly recommend that EVERY member of the group have their own copy. It offers you the following four benefits:

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Prayers That Heal the Heart

Prayers That Heal the Heart

by Mark and Patti Virkler | 320 Pages

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Counseled by God

by Mark and Patti Virkler | 146 Pages

Have you ever been defeated by negative emotions such as anger, fear, guilt, inferiority, condemnation or depression? Have you tried to fight them off unsuccessfully? Is there an answer that is deeper than simply trying to mentally reason yourself out of these emotions? Is there a way that Jesus can speak a word of life into the depths of your emotional despair and bring healing on a deep level? Is there a form of Christian counseling that begins and ends with the movement of Christ within your heart, rather than simply with the words of man?

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