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IC365 Day 78: No Condemnation⠀
More good news for those who are in Christ: we are no longer under condemnation. Yes, and amen! The Father looks at one thing - His Son, Jesus Christ. For all those placed into Christ, the Father sees His Son and is pleased and satisfied; we have been set free from the judgement and condemnation of this world. For those still outside Christ, condemnation remains. But rejoice, dear saint! In Christ, there is now no condemnation!⠀
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#IC365 #nocondemnation #inChrist #withpipeandpen

Looking ahead to the new year, I turn 41 tomorrow and start a new, joint adventure on Sunday. That's all I see, yet I know there is so much more to the year.
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There's a little Jesus in that: We only see a very little of Him and His nature, yet we know that there is so much more to Him. How often do we get stuck on what we know (or what we think we know) and not move on or press in to know Him more? If I dwelt on my birthday and the start of this new adventure, I'd miss out on everything else this year has to offer. Let's move on and press into Him this year.
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#newyearNewLife #pressingintoChrist #toknowHimmore #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 70: His Anyway⠀
Do we ask the Lord to come into our life, or does He ask us to come into His? When we believe into Christ, we no longer live, but Christ lives in us. Our life is now His life. He lives in and through us. And with that comes all our days and all our moments. In Christ, He has all of us.⠀
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#IC365 #allourdays #inChrist #surrenderedlife #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 44: Discipleship Is Not⠀
How many times have we been told, or asked, to invite Jesus into our lives? We often think that He comes to join our life, to help us live our life better, or to improve our life. But He crucified that old life (our life) on the cross. He invites us into His life. He invites us to leave all of our stuff behind and follow Him. He gives us New Life. Christ offers us life in Him, and in return, He lives in us.⠀
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#IC365 #DietrichBonhoeffer #discipleship #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 21: Sit with Him
Whether the day’s long, or the night’s fair,
If I’ve a friend or no-one to share,
I’ll grab pipe and pen, and find a chair,
And sit with Him in the open air.⠀
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#IC365 #lunting #timewiththeLord #sitwithHim #withpipeandpen
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IC365 Day 59: Tools⠀
In learning and knowing Christ, sometimes we use the tool of prayer, and other times we simply call on His name. Sometimes we sing a song, and other times we read scripture or a book. Sometimes we combine many tools at once. Sometimes we use these tools alone, and other times we use them with our brothers and sisters. Regardless, may we never hold the tool in higher esteem than The Trade Himself.⠀
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#IC365 #WilliamFaulkner #toolsofthetrade #learningChrist #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 76: Lovely Day⠀
Some days are easier to face than others. We know the impossible ones can turn us to the Lord, but what about those days that already seem easy? What about when “the world’s alright with me” already? Just one look at Christ, through impossible or possible, and we know it’s gonna be a lovely day. In Christ, as we behold Him, fix our eyes on Him, look toward Him, we know He is our lovely day.⠀
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#IC365 #BillWithers #lovelyday #inChrist #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 40: Make Plans⠀
How many times do we offer our own proposal to the Lord, hoping He will accept it and maybe even bless it? We offer Him what we want to do, what we think is best or good, and rarely ask Him what He wants. Christ lived by the Father’s plans, and for those who are in Christ, we now live by Christ’s plans. If we’ll take the time to ask Him what He wants, He may surprise us. His proposal, His plan, is far better than we could ever dream. He doesn’t want to not make plans with us; He wants to make plans with us.⠀
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#IC365 #leapyear #makingplans #proposal #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 22: Unsearchable⠀
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! - Romans 11:33⠀
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#IC365 #unsearchable #unfathomable #inChrist #withpipeandpen
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IC365 Day 83: Cheek to Cheek⠀
Through the hustle and bustle of all the grand things in the universe, our Lord still loves dancing cheek to cheek with His Bride. How cool is that? The Infinite King intimate with us. We can put on huge rock shows, organize massive conferences, or do other big activities or events for the Lord, but He is still and always after our heart. In Christ, we dance cheek to cheek with our Bridegroom.⠀
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#IC365 #ellafitzgerald #cheektocheek #infiniteking #intimateking #inChrist #brideofChrist #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 82: More Powerful⠀
The last thing the enemy ever expected was that killing Christ played directly into the Father’s plan. But unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. That Spirit, the indwelling Life of Christ, now abides in all who are in Christ. And the One who laid down His own life has been given all authority in heaven and on earth. He is more powerful than we can possibly imagine.⠀
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#IC365 #obiwankenobi #starwars #anewhope #obiwan #alecguinness #inChrist #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 81: Know His Heart⠀
To know God’s heart is to know His purpose, and to know God’s purpose is to know Jesus Christ, and to know Jesus Christ is to know God’s heart. For it pleased the Father for all the fullness to dwell in Christ, and in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form. Christ is the Heir of all things, the pleasure, desire, and the heart of the Father. In Christ, we can know the heart of God, for Christ Himself is the heart of God.⠀
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#IC365 #mariannedashwood #JaneAusten #senseandsensibility #inChrist #heartofGod #eternalpurpose #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 80: Never Happened⠀
Worry and fear are great tools of the enemy. For those who are in Christ, however, Faith and Hope Himself dwells in our spirit. Jesus invites us to cast our cares on Him, to seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness. We're also encouraged to “fix our eyes on Jesus.” When we turn to Christ, and allow Him to fill our thoughts, I believe we’ll find that a great many troubles (worries and fears) never happened.⠀
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#IC365 #MarkTwain #neverhappened #worry #donotworry #inChrist #fixoureyes #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 79: The Rest⠀
The Lord gives us nothing that is of Himself apart from Himself. You want grace? You get Christ. You want love? You get Christ. You want rest? You guessed it, you get Christ. He is our rest. He is the All that is in all. In Christ, batteries are included. Or in this particular case, as we have Christ, we have His rest. And as we have His rest, we find ours.⠀
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#IC365 #AbideinChrist #AndrewMurray #restinChrist #inChrist #rest #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 78: No Condemnation⠀
More good news for those who are in Christ: we are no longer under condemnation. Yes, and amen! The Father looks at one thing - His Son, Jesus Christ. For all those placed into Christ, the Father sees His Son and is pleased and satisfied; we have been set free from the judgement and condemnation of this world. For those still outside Christ, condemnation remains. But rejoice, dear saint! In Christ, there is now no condemnation!⠀
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#IC365 #nocondemnation #inChrist #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 77: Gets Everything⠀
Have we caught sight of Christ? When we do, we desire for Him to get everything He desires. But we can do nothing in our own power to make that happen. So, we give up. Suddenly, in Christ, He gets everything He desires: a people surrendered unto Him.⠀
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#IC365 #surrenderedlife #inChrist #Christisall #Christgetsitall #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 76: Lovely Day⠀
Some days are easier to face than others. We know the impossible ones can turn us to the Lord, but what about those days that already seem easy? What about when “the world’s alright with me” already? Just one look at Christ, through impossible or possible, and we know it’s gonna be a lovely day. In Christ, as we behold Him, fix our eyes on Him, look toward Him, we know He is our lovely day.⠀
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#IC365 #BillWithers #lovelyday #inChrist #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 75: Echoes in Eternity⠀
As the Church, we are Christ’s representation on earth. In Him, our actions, and inactions, have eternal consequences. What we do in this realm echoes in the unseen realm. Christ Himself said as much: “Truly I say to you, whatever you bind (forbid) on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (permit) on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” May we, as we abide in Christ, draw from Him and allow Him to live and have expression in and through us, His Body.⠀
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#IC365 #Gladiator #echoesineternity #maximus #russellcrowe #inChrist #weareHisBody #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 74: Road Darkens⠀
Have you ever walked the valley of the shadow of death? There was One who walked it first. Faithful and True has walked the darkened road, and He asks you to allow Him to walk it again, through you. In Christ, we are not abandoned, for He never leaves nor forsakes us. May we fix our eyes on Christ our Light when the road darkens.⠀
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#IC365 #lotr #Gimli #fellowshipofthering #Tolkien #JRRTolkien #valleyoftheshadowofdeath #inChrist #faithfulandtrue #neverleave #neverforsake #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 73: Characterized⠀
How are those who are in Christ characterized? By the life of Christ, of course. When people come into contact with me, what do they encounter? Do they encounter love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? Or do they encounter me? Remember, in Christ, it is no longer we who live, but Christ who lives in us. Christ is the personification of the fruit of the Spirit. As we abide in Him, He abides in us, and we are characterized by His Life.⠀
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#IC365 #characterized #ETAHoffmann #fruitoftheSpirit #inChrist #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 72: What He Is⠀
What is God in Christ? He’s the Firstborn of creation, the Father’s Blessed Son, the River of Life, the Vine Tree, the Good Shepherd and the Lamb, the all-inclusive Spirit, a real and living Person, the Body, the fullness of the Godhead, the center of the Father’s plan, Christ and the Church - the One New Man. He is wonderful! And so much more.⠀
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#IC365 #inChrist #whatHeis #Heiswonderful #firstborn #blessedSon #riveroflife #vinetree #truevine #goodshepherd #lambofGod #allinclusiveSpirit #onenewman #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 71: In Him⠀
For the believer, there is only one place in which we exist: In Christ. That is where our true identity, our true life, our true self is. In Christ, we live and move and exist. Outside of Christ, there is death; in Christ, there is life, and life abundant and eternal. Yes, and amen!⠀
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#IC365 #inChrist #livemoveexist #truereality #trueidentity #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 70: His Anyway⠀
Do we ask the Lord to come into our life, or does He ask us to come into His? When we believe into Christ, we no longer live, but Christ lives in us. Our life is now His life. He lives in and through us. And with that comes all our days and all our moments. In Christ, He has all of us.⠀
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#IC365 #allourdays #inChrist #surrenderedlife #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 69: So Beautiful⠀
When we lose our self, our soul life, for Christ’s sake, we find it. Where do we find it? In Christ. There is no better loss than in Christ. And there is no better find than to be found in Christ. To lose ourself is to find ourself in Him. And surrender becomes so beautiful.⠀
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#IC365 #mutemath #control #beautifulsurrender #lostandfound #inChrist #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 68: Gotta Hug⠀
One of the lost aspects of God’s eternal purpose is the fact that we are brought into God’s Family, not a business. In Christ, we are brothers and sisters, not employers and employees (or even clergy and laypeople). When we function from this reality, we begin to interact with each other utterly differently. Instead of a formal, businesslike handshake when we meet, the Spirit within us reacts with joy and compels brothers and sisters to “greet one another with a holy kiss”. Or at least to hug.
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#IC365 #tommyboy #chrisfarley #familyofGod #eternalpurpose #GodsFamily #theChurch #miltrodriguez #cookiebrothers #gottahug #inChrist #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 67: Preposterous Things⠀
God loves doing preposterous things for the increase of Christ! He creates a humanity to carry and display His life and authority, but gives humanity free will. He uses a cross, an instrument of death, to bring life to all who embrace it. God chooses the foolish things of the world to shame the wise. In Christ, we can trust that all His preposterous things will lead to more of Him.⠀
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#IC365 #HindsFeetonHighPlaces #HannahHurnard #theshepherd #preposterousthings #inChrist #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 66: Talents⠀
Apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher - oh, how we want to fit into a category. Life is so much easier when we fit into a category. In Christ, our rubric is Christ! Thank God, because if we say we’re a prophet, we would really have just one thing to do. But in Christ, God is free to use His saints however He chooses. We can function as an apostle for a season, then as a teacher for a season. He’s the rubric, He’s the talent, and He’s the Lord. Let’s not get stuck on just one thing to do.⠀
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#IC365 #stevemartin #talents #rubric #inChrist #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 65: Community Life⠀
Sometimes we can get so caught up in our own personal relationship with Jesus, that we forget that God transfers us out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of His Beloved Son. We are brought into a new kingdom, a company, a corporate person, Jesus Christ, the Church. In Christ, we have the community life of God - the Father, Son, and Spirit. In the Church, we experience that life more fully.⠀
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#IC365 #MiltRodriguez #CommunityLifeofGod #bodylife #churchlife #inChrist #withpipeandpen

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