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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 - pruned

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Do you want to bear fruit for me? Do you see obstacles in your life that interfere with your opportunities? Behold what my word says about braches that do not bear fruit, but even those that do are pruned that they may bring forth more fruit. This is well known as a principle of agriculture. Does it seem counterintuitive that trimming back a productive plant will make it more productive? In like manner my involvement in your life is designed to make you more productive. It may feel like you are being trimmed back, but trust me to complete the good work I have begun in you.

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daily word - discomfort?

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Are you comfortable being uncomfortable? When someone tells you about a matter of great distress or heartbreak in their life are you eager to jump in with a solution? Are you tempted to provide glib commentary on the situation? Sharing of such deeply personal information leads to uncomfortable moments. If you are in a big hurry to resolve this tension and move on, then you miss the opportunity to hold reflective space in silence for your friend. Even Job’s ‘comforters’ remained silent for a while. You should be honored if someone is willing to confide in you at this level, and consider the space sacred, and be led by the Spirit in the way you respond.

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daily word - which church?

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In general you are free to select a church that works for you. If you are in a position to find a new one, what criteria are most important to you? Would you lean more toward a church that is rigorous or one that is convenient? Each choice has a downside. A rigorous church can be dogmatic and legalistic, but convenience can be viewed as lax and self-serving. Would you try to strike a balance between the two? Yet it would be false to think that you must choose between these alternatives. When the church was born on the day of Pentecost the Spirit added to it those who were saved. This policy is still in effect. Go where the Spirit leads you.

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daily word - gentlemen?

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Are you a gentleman? This term has come to refer to all men, but not all men are gentle, and the term clearly implies that it refers to that. In times past ‘gentleman’ referred to someone who was gently born, to privilege, opportunity, education and a place among the upper classes. In spite of all efforts such divisions still exist although the term is now used quite broadly. But in the context of faith gentleness is a fruit of the spirit rather than a description of membership in the upper classes. This suggests it is available to anyone who is led by the Spirit. In this manner every man can be a gentleman.

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daily word - secure?

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Are you a secure person? You can tell by watching people who are insecure. Security is an essential human need, and those who do not have it will do anything to get it, typically by using any means available to establish an identity. The results aren’t pretty, and the process comes at the expense of the dignity and well-being of others. Do you know that you don’t have to do this? That the security you need is inherent and available without effort? I hold you in the palm of my hand and the identity I establish for you is better than any you could acquire on your own. If you know this you don’t have to fight for it.

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daily word - news?

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Do you follow the news? Do you view the Bible as old news? It is valuable to be informed of current events. But do you understand the difference between the news and timeless truth? The news is what is true today, but timeless truth is true forever. Things that speak to enduring truth may come from the most ancient texts, but by their very nature they speak to things that do not change. No matter how current your news is, it is limited to things that have already happened. But timeless truth is just as applicable to things that have yet to happen. Keep that in mind when you watch the news.

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Daily Word - Blind?

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Do you have issues? Do you know anyone who doesn’t? Are you as aware of yours as you are of those of others, or as they are of yours? At one point the Pharisees asked me if they were blind also. Does this strike you as an odd question? Yet was my answer any less strange? I said that if they were blind they would not be guilty of wrongdoing, but since they claimed to see their guilt remained. Does this imply that claims of spiritual authority affect the standard by which you are judged? Have you seen spiritual arrogance in those who are sure they are right? Hold your truth with humility.

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daily word - church gifts?

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Do you appreciate the gifts you get? Do you appreciate the gifts that other people get? There is a built in bias to think that you are right, and your abilities and strengths are the best, and your way of doing things is right. Do you extend this to your church? But this is subjective rather than objective reality. I gave gifts to everyone and every church severally according to my will. They are different for a reason. What should be your response? People who know better than to claim that they are the best as individuals will not hesitate to make this claim on behalf of their church. This leads to competition and opposition. Can you find ways to affirm and appreciate the positive qualities of churches you do not belong to so the members of my body may work together in harmony?

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daily word - religious correctness?

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Are you politically correct? Most believers do not consider themselves bound by these novel social conventions and some react strongly against them. The term implies a rigid mindset and opposition to individualism. Are you religiously correct? This may be a new phrase for you but it should not be a new concept. The same idea was previously known as legalism. Those who are religiously correct pride themselves on holding a narrow set of beliefs and following a narrow set of rules that their group defines, maintains, and enforces. This creates a strong division of judgment and exclusion that I did not intend. If you can see the problems with being politically correct then you should be able to see the problems with being religiously correct. Would you have considered me to be religiously correct in my own generation?

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daily word - follow who?

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Do you try to reproduce your image in others? Most people would claim they do not even if their behavior would indicate that they do. Who do you know that doesn’t express support for their own opinions, who doesn’t try to persuade others to agree with them, who doesn’t show favor to those who respond? Paul asked others to follow him, but only as far as he followed me. I invited those who responded to my message to follow me. Does this sound too simple? Yet it was me I wanted them to follow, not you. Do you see yourself as a friend of the bridegroom? Can you decrease that I may increase? Can you let your light shine so that men may see your good works and glorify me?

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How to Walk by the Spirit

How to Walk by the Spirit

by Mark and Patti Virkler | 136 Pages

Are you like many western Christians who have been taught little about how to sense their spirits? Do you have trouble even defining what spirit sensations feel like within you, much less recognizing them? This training was birthed from Mark’s passion to live out of his spirit, and thus release the anointing of God. The problem he faced was lack of clear biblical definition as to what his spirit felt like. So Mark looked up every verse in the Bible on heart and spirit.

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Intimacy with the Holy Spirit

Intimacy with the Holy Spirit

by Mark and Patti Virkler | 223 Pages

This is a book you must have! Get to know Holy Spirit in a deeper, more personal way than you ever have before. Let Him reveal Himself to you through the Scriptures as your Comforter, Healer, best Friend and so much more.

This book leads you in meditating on and journaling about two hundred and fifty verses that discuss the Holy Spirit. You will grow in intimacy with the indwelling Holy Spirit, and the anointing within you will increase! You will exclaim as the disciples did on the Emmaus Road “Did not our heart burn within us…while He opened to us the scriptures?” (Luke 24:32)! In addition to being led to journal through these verses, you will read numerous two-way journal entries from Mark Virkler, as well as a five-page prayer at the conclusion of the book.

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Kids Can

by Karen Barnes | 98 Pages

This book will inspire you and train you to teach children to minister in the power of the Spirit! And the stories it contains will bring tears to your eyes! Kids Can is a message for the children of today about their destiny tomorrow. When kids encounter the pure essence of Jesus, they will become empowered, equipped and energized to serve Him accurately and with amazing clarity. As they hear His voice and are encouraged in their giftings, strong leaders are created and maturity, vision and skills are fine tuned.

Price: $$14.95
Lamad Biblical Education Association

Lamad Biblical Education Association

4 Co-authors | 44 Pages

FINALLY - A Spirit-Anointed Epistemology! A system of knowing for the Spirit-filled believer. A fresh moving of the Holy Spirit has been upon the Church of Jesus Christ for the last 100 years, since the Asuza Street Revival in 1902. In all that time the Spirit-filled community of believers (now numbering 27% of all Christendom), had yet to delineate an approach to learning which restored the Holy Spirit to His rightful place as the primary Teacher in our midst.

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Lamad Faculty Handbook

Lamad Faculty Handbook

by Mark and Patti Virkler | 78 Pages

This book presents lamad (revelation-based learning) standards  for teachers and curriculum writers. Lamad is a Hebrew word found in the Old Testament and it is translated "to teach" or "to learn."  It is a kind of learning that involves the Holy Spirit granting divine revelation to the heart of man. Thus it goes beyond western rationalism as a learning methodology.

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Living with Jesus Book 1 - Welcome to God's Family

Living with Jesus Book 1 - Welcome to God's Family

by Daphne Kirk | 47 pages

The Living with Jesus series is a unique, exciting  and transformational discipleship course for children, taking them through the fundamentals of the Christian faith in a relational, interactive and challenging way, always applying to their lives the commands to love God, love one another and love the lost.

Book 1 - Welcome to God's Family introduces the child to the Body of Christ.

Price: $$7.95
Living with Jesus Book 2 - Special Times and Gifts

Living with Jesus Book 2 - Special Times and Gifts

by Daphne Kirk | 45 pages

The Living with Jesus series is a unique, exciting  and transformational discipleship course for children, taking them through the fundamentals of the Christian faith in a relational, interactive and challenging way, always applying to their lives the commands to love God, love one another and love the lost.

Book 2 - Special Times and Gifts - Baptism, Communion and the Holy Spirit.

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Living with Jesus - Book 3

Living with Jesus Book 3 – Talking and Listening

by Daphne Kirk | 47 Pages

This delightful book teaches children ages 4-8 the four keys to hearing God's voice and gets them started journaling (drawing pictures if writing is too hard for them) and seeing vision.  It is ideal for parents and children to use together, or for use in a children’s Sunday school class or children’s home group.

Book 3 - Talking and Listening - Hearing the voice of God.

Price: $$7.95
Living with Jesus Book 4 - Love for Me and Love for Others

Living with Jesus Book 4 - Love for Me and Love for Others

by Daphne Kirk | 63 pages

The Living with Jesus series is a unique, exciting  and transformational discipleship course for children, taking them through the fundamentals of the Christian faith in a relational, interactive and challenging way, always applying to their lives the commands to love God, love one another and love the lost.

Book 4 - Love for me and love for others introduces children to the unconditional love of Jesus.

Price: $$7.95
Living with Jesus Book 5 - Strongholds

Living with Jesus Book 5 - Strongholds

by Daphne Kirk | 47 pages

The Living with Jesus series is a unique, exciting and transformational discipleship course for children, taking them through the fundamentals of the Christian faith in a relational, interactive and challenging way, always applying to their lives the commands to love God, love one another and love the lost.

Book 5 - Strongholds introduces children to strongholds, the soul and freedom.

Price: $$7.95

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