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Mystical versus prophetic prayer

“To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”- Colossians 1:27 In Chapter 3 (“What is Prayer?”) of Prayer, Timothy Keller presents his concept of prayer by drawing on two seemingly... http://crownofcompassion.org/2014/12/08/mystical-versus-prophetic-prayer/
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Healing from anxiety, healthy thinking

“Healing from anxiety requires healthy thinking.  Your challenge is not your challenge.  Your challenge is the way you think about your challenge.”- Max Lucado “Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.”- Proverbs 4:23 (New Century Version) In C... https://www.crownofcompassion.org/2018/04/02/healing-anxiety-healthy-thinking/
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Floundering between offered and answered prayer

“Have your prayers been met with a silent sky?  Have you prayed and heard nothing?  Are you floundering in the land between an offered and an answered prayer? . . . .  If so, I beg you, don’t give up. . . .  You have been heard in heaven.”- Max Lucado “Since the first day ... https://www.crownofcompassion.org/2018/03/31/floundering-offered-answered-prayer/
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Experience a perfect storm

“You needn’t be a fisherman to experience a perfect storm. . . .  We can handle and challenge . . . but two or three at a time?  One wave after another, gale forces followed by thunderstorms?  It’s enough to make you wonder, Will I survive? – Max Lucado “The peace of... https://www.crownofcompassion.org/2018/03/29/experience-perfect-storm/
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A body of water called If Only

“The widest river on earth is a body of water called If Only.  Throngs of people stand on its banks and cast longing eyes over the waters. . . .  They are convinced the If Only river separates them from the good life.”- Max Lucado “I have learned the secret of being content in a... https://www.crownofcompassion.org/2018/03/27/body-water-called/
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A child of the King - the front of the line

“As a child of the King, you are at the front of the line.  You, at any moment, can turn to God.”- Max Lucado “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”- Philippians 4:6 In Chapter 6 (“Prayer, Not  ... https://www.crownofcompassion.org/2018/03/24/a-child-of-the-king-the-front-of-the-line/
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The gentle person - contagiously calm

“The gentle person is sober-minded and clear thinking.  Contagiously calm.  The contagiously calm person is the one who reminds others, ‘God is in control.’ “- Max Lucado “Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious for any... https://www.crownofcompassion.org/2018/03/22/gentle-person-contagiously-calm/
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Your soulprint - the truest thing about you

“Your soulprint . . .[is] the truest thing about you.  It’s your God-ordained passion, your God-given gifts, and your God-sized dreams.  It’s the potential that can be tapped only in a relationship with the One who gave it to you in the first place.”- Mark Batterson As M... https://www.crownofcompassion.org/2018/03/01/soulprint-truest-thing/
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Overcoming self-defeating dimensions of personality

“The only way to overcome these self-defeating dimensions of our personalities is ruthless self-discovery.  And it’s so much more than self-help.”- Mark Batterson “Without knowledge of self there is no knowledge of God.”- John Calvin As Mark Batterson continues ... https://www.crownofcompassion.org/2018/02/27/overcoming-self-defeating-dimensions-personality/
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Sometimes the obstacle = the way

“But sometimes the obstacle is the way!  God gets in the way to show us the way.”- Mark Batterson “I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me.”- Numbers 22:32 Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 7 of Whisper as he notes that we often believe ... https://www.crownofcompassion.org/2018/02/22/sometimes-obstacle-way/
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The peace of Christ - peace in the perfect storm

“It’s [the peace of Christ] not just peace in the midst of the storm; it’s peace in the perfect storm.  Instead of being scared out of your wits, you have a holy confidence against all odds.”- Mark Batterson “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as ... https://www.crownofcompassion.org/2018/02/18/peace-christ-peace-perfect-storm/
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We interpret signs via Scripture

“Let me remind you that we don’t interpret Scripture via signs; we interpret signs via Scripture.  And generally speaking, God uses signs to confirm His Word, His will.”- Mark Batterson “So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up to heaven, and sat on ... https://www.crownofcompassion.org/2018/02/16/interpret-signs-via-scripture/
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The sweet spot - where gifts and desires overlap

“The key is finding the sweet spot where gifts and desires overlap.  God-given gifts are what we’re best at.  God-ordained desires are what we’re most passionate about.  And the place where those gifts and desires overlap is the sweet spot.”- Mark Batterson “The Ch... https://www.crownofcompassion.org/2018/02/14/sweet-spot-gifts-desires-overlap/
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The Bible - a spiritual sonogram

“Although we may never get to the bottom of the Bible, the Bible does get to the bottom of us.  It penetrates the soul and spirit; it divides joints and marrow.  And like a spiritual sonogram, it reveals the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”- Mark Batterson Mark Batterson c... https://www.crownofcompassion.org/2018/02/11/bible-spiritual-sonogram/
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When northeasters bear down

“Northeasters bear down on the best of us.  Contrary winds.  Crashing waves.  They come.  But Jesus still catches his children.  He still extends his arms. . . . still sends his angels.  Because you belong to him, you can have peace in the midst of the storm.”- Max Lucado Max Lucado c... https://www.crownofcompassion.org/2018/04/01/when-northeasters-bear-down/
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Fear - coming at you from all sides?

“Is fear coming at you from all sides?  Then let God speak to you.  Let God give you what he gave the sailors: perfect peace.”- Max Lucado ” . . . Paul stood in the midst of them [sailors] and said, ‘Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and i... https://www.crownofcompassion.org/2018/03/30/fear-coming-sides/
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Contingent contentment creates wounded, worried people

“Contingent contentment turns us into wounded, worried people.”- Max Lucado “For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.”- Philippians 1:21 (New Living Translation) Max Lucado concludes Chapter 7 of Anxious for Nothing as he stresses that... https://www.crownofcompassion.org/2018/03/28/contingent-contentment-creates-wounded-worried-people/
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Casting anxiety in the direction of Christ

“Casting is an intentional act to relocate an object. . . .  Let this ‘throwing’ be your first response to bad news.  As you sense anxiety welling up inside you, cast it in the direction of Christ.  Do so specifically and immediately.”- Max Lucado “Cast all your an... https://www.crownofcompassion.org/2018/03/25/casting-anxiety-direction-christ/
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God - as near as our next breath

“We can calmly take our concerns to God because he is as near as our next breath.”- Max Lucado “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.  What can mere mortals do to me?”- Psalm 118:6 (NIV) Max Lucado concludes Chapter 5 of Anxious for Nothing as he reinforces ... https://www.crownofcompassion.org/2018/03/23/god-near-next-breath/
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Perpetual anxiety versus limited anxiety

“Perpetual anxiety is the mental alarm system that never quite turns off.  Limited anxiety is helpful.  We need to be alerted to danger.  What we don’t need is to live in a state of high alert.”- Max Lucado “He is before all things, and in him all things hold to... https://www.crownofcompassion.org/2018/03/20/perpetual-anxiety-limited-anxiety/
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All a work in progress - exercise your gifts

“I’m a work in progress, and so are you.  But don’t let inexperience keep you from exercising your gifts.  Don’t let doubt keep you from exercising your faith.  And don’t let the fear of people keep you from speaking into their lives, as God leads.”- Mark Ba... https://www.crownofcompassion.org/2018/02/28/all-a-work-in-progress/
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Two options - alter ego or altar ego

“As I see it, we have two options: an alter ego or an altar ego.  Having an alter ego means pretending to be who we’re not, and it’s absolutely exhausting.  The other option is to put our ego on the altar and find our full identity in Christ.”- Mark Batterson Mark B... https://www.crownofcompassion.org/2018/02/26/two-options-alter-ego-altar-ego/
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My God -- the strength of my soul

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Winter, 1975 – On the sidewalk in front of our first home, Dad prepares to take me for a ride in my Radio Super. Note: he’s the one WITHOUT a proper hat!! “Surely God is the strength of my soul/Your love defends me, Your love defends me/ And when I feel like I’m all... https://www.crownofcompassion.org/2018/02/19/god-strength-soul/
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Discerning the will of God - knowing His heart

“Discerning the will of God is about so much more than doing His will.  Discerning His will is about knowing His heart, and that happens only when you get close enough to hear Him whisper.”- Mark Batterson Mark Batterson continues Chapter 7 of Whisper as he defines faith as ... https://www.crownofcompassion.org/2018/02/17/discerning-will-god/
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Selfish ambition or godly ambition?

“We’re all driven by too much selfish ambition, but none of us has nearly enough godly ambition.  You can’t have too much ambition when it comes to the things of God.”- Mark Batterson “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility value o... https://www.crownofcompassion.org/2018/02/15/selfish-ambition-godly-ambition/
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The voice of our own gladness

“The voice we should listen to the most as we choose a vocation is the voice that we might think we should listen to the least, and that is the voice of our own gladness.”- Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking: A Seeker’s ABC (1995) “You make known to me the path of life;... https://www.crownofcompassion.org/2018/02/13/the-voice-of-our-own-gladness/
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