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IC365 Day 98: Choose Me⠀
Instead of focusing on all my stuff, Jesus just asks that I focus on Him. In choosing Him, I lay down my hurt. In choosing Him, I lay down my bitterness. In choosing Him, I lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us. In choosing Him, I run with endurance the race set before me. In choosing Him, I fix my eyes on Jesus.⠀
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#IC365 #chooseJesus #inChrist #fixoureyes #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 99: No Darkness⠀
How about that? For all that we have in Christ, have you ever considered what isn’t in Him? As we abide in Christ and He in us, we have light. This means that there isn’t any darkness. There can’t be darkness in Him, because He is light. Take heart, in Christ, there is no darkness at all.⠀
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#IC365 #nodarkness #GodisLight #inChrist #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 108: Learn⠀
Jesus doesn’t endeavor to just tell or teach us about His Life, but He involves us in it. “Follow Me.” “Abide in Me.” As we abide in Him, He abides in us. As He abides in us, He now lives through us. We’re now involved in His life. And the more we abide in Christ, the more we’ll learn to draw from that limitless, eternal, abundant Life - Christ Himself.⠀
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#IC365 #BenjaminFranklin #involveme #abideinChrist #learnChrist #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 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 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 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 84: Forever Is Your Reign⠀
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” “For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name…” “So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” “And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever ⠀
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#IC365 #worthyisthelamb #foreverisHisreign #withpipeandpen

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

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IC365 Day 108: Learn⠀
Jesus doesn’t endeavor to just tell or teach us about His Life, but He involves us in it. “Follow Me.” “Abide in Me.” As we abide in Him, He abides in us. As He abides in us, He now lives through us. We’re now involved in His life. And the more we abide in Christ, the more we’ll learn to draw from that limitless, eternal, abundant Life - Christ Himself.⠀
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#IC365 #BenjaminFranklin #involveme #abideinChrist #learnChrist #inChrist #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 107: To Bear⠀
For those who are in Christ, we know that we have a cross to bear daily to follow our Lord. Though this is difficult on its own, the really hard part comes when our reputation is on the line. What if we’re misunderstood? What if people don’t like us, or even hate us? Jesus says, “Follow Me.” He just asks that we be the ones to choose Him. He’s already suffered and walked that line, and ours is to allow Him to bear the cross and infamy again through us. In Christ, we no longer live, but Christ lives in us. He’s already done it. He can do it again.⠀
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#IC365 #MadameGuyon #infamy #bearthecross #byHislife #inChrist #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 106: Peace of God⠀
We look for peace and comfort, especially the peace of God, but we look for it in worldly circumstances. Our hearts and our minds are guarded by the peace of God in only one place: Christ. When we’re focused on and abiding in Christ, we have peace and often times can’t comprehend why or how. In Christ, we have the peace of God, because Christ Jesus is the peace of God.⠀
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#IC365 #peaceofGod #peace #beyondcomprehension #inChrist #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 105: Looking for⠀
Are you looking for Christ or for your idea of Christ? What about the Church? Have you found what you’re looking for? Have we ever considered what God is looking for? What if our search shifted? What if instead of looking for the many different things we want, we looked for Him? What if we asked Him what He is looking for and endeavored to look for it, too? It’s not about us, it’s about Christ. And when He gets what He’s looking for, in Him, we’ll find what we’re looking for, too.⠀
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#IC365 #stillhaventfoundwhatimlookingfor #whatarewelookingfor #whatGodwants #ekklesia #inChrist #seekfirst #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 104: Won’t Do That⠀
Never in scripture is God’s love considered unconditional. It is unlimited, eternal, everlasting, abundant, and free, but it carries one condition: Christ. God loved the world so much He gave His Son as a choice for real life. He loves us enough to offer us Himself, but we still have to choose Him. In Christ, God does everything for love, but He will never go outside of Himself.⠀
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#IC365 #meatloaf #anythingforlove #wontdothat #inChrist #Godslove #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 103: Not Real⠀
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear. Dear saint, for those who are in Christ, we have been placed in Perfect Love Himself, and Perfect Love dwells within us. In Christ, there is no fear. As we fix our eyes on Him, as we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, we choose Hope and Love and Life over fear. In Christ, fear is not real.⠀
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#IC365 #afterearth #WillSmith #fearisnotreal #fearisachoice #nofear #perfectlove #inChrist #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 102: Real⠀
So often we think that just because we are made in the image of God we can image Him on our own. He is Real. We want to be Real, so we try all of our external activities (out of our making) to be Real. But it takes the work of the Real, the Son, for us to become Real. In Christ, we have been loved, REALLY loved, for eternity past (a long, long time). We become Real, kind of His own kind, as we accept the love and life of Real Himself.⠀
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#IC365 #velveteenrabbit #MargeryWilliamsBianco #real #inChrist #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 101: Idly and Slowly⠀
Jesus often got away to be alone with His Father, and He offers that same resource to us. We can walk with Him in the cool of the day, we can have a cup of coffee with Him, and we can certainly share a pipe with Him. To sit and behold our Lord, to commune with Him, to wait upon and rest in Christ is woven into our very nature. May we think idly (without distraction) and slowly (without haste) upon our glorious Lord.⠀
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#IC365 #KnutHamsun #idlyandslowly #restinChrist #inChrist #peace #rest #cooloftheday #beholding #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 100: Never Lack⠀
Ever feel burned out? Drained? Done? From whose life did you just perform the previous activities? Your own or the Lord’s? When we embark on ministries or activities that God hasn’t sanctioned, we live from the source of our own life, which is very limited. We will wear out quickly. However, in Christ, when we live and move and exist from His life, we draw from unlimited supplies and will not grow weary. When we follow His life, not our own, we will never lack what we need to accomplish what He desires to accomplish.⠀
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#IC365 #HudsonTaylor #inChrist #unlimited #indwellinglifeofChrist #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 99: No Darkness⠀
How about that? For all that we have in Christ, have you ever considered what isn’t in Him? As we abide in Christ and He in us, we have light. This means that there isn’t any darkness. There can’t be darkness in Him, because He is light. Take heart, in Christ, there is no darkness at all.⠀
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#IC365 #nodarkness #GodisLight #inChrist #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 98: Choose Me⠀
Instead of focusing on all my stuff, Jesus just asks that I focus on Him. In choosing Him, I lay down my hurt. In choosing Him, I lay down my bitterness. In choosing Him, I lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us. In choosing Him, I run with endurance the race set before me. In choosing Him, I fix my eyes on Jesus.⠀
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#IC365 #chooseJesus #inChrist #fixoureyes #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 97: On a Prayer⠀
For all the “he’s a Christian - he’s singing about prayer”-ness of this song, Jon’s on to something. Jesus says to abide in Him. A life of prayer is a life of abiding in Christ. We can do nothing apart from Him; it’s all dependent upon His life. Jesus says, “Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear; basically because I’ve already done it.” That, friend, is livin’ on a prayer.⠀
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#IC365 #livingonaprayer #onaprayer #bonjovi #abideinChrist #inChrist #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 96: Young Love⠀
The world wants to offer us a young love - full of promise, full of hope, but ignorant of reality. The reality? God’s love for us in Christ is eternal. We were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world. Why settle for a young love when, in Christ, we have Eternal Love Himself abiding in and with us? In Christ, we have the full promise, the full hope, and the full reality.⠀
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#IC365 #valentinesdaymovie #younglove #reallove #eternallove #inChrist #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 95: More Wonderful⠀
Try as he might, the enemy can never thwart God’s eternal plan. God’s purpose prevails. In Christ, we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him, to those called according to His purpose. How big is our God? Even the seeming defeat of Jesus played exactly into the Father’s plans. The enemy proved but an instrument in the devising of something more wonderful than anyone could ever imagine: the increase of the Son.⠀
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#IC365 #Tolkien #JRRTolkien #silmarillion #iluvitar #inChrist #eternalpurpose #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 94: Together⠀
When saints first come together under the Headship of Christ, that is the beginning of something beautiful. But that’s not the goal. Then we strive to keep together, which is progress, but it’s not just about keeping together; that’s not the goal, either. When we work together in Christ, as one body under the Head, then the Lord is having His way, His expression, in and through His people; that is ever unto His glory and His success.⠀
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#IC365 #HenryFord #together #workingtogether #bodylife #inChrist #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 93: Infinite Faith⠀
Jesus Christ is the author and perfecter of faith. He is the pioneer and completer of faith. He is faith. He not only had faith for those original disciples, but He has faith for those who believe in Him today. But again, it’s not His faith in us because of anything we have or are, but it’s His faith in His Father for us. In Christ, we have infinite faith from which to draw, act, and be.⠀
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#IC365 #infinitefaith #TAustinSparks #AustinSparks #inChrist #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 92: Hold Together⠀
We often scratch our head at how the world is falling apart. We will even do things to try to save our world. But the truth is, without Christ, all things are heading to entropy. How do we know this? Because only in Christ do all things hold together. He is before all things and the summing up of things. What a Christ!⠀
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#IC365 #inHim #beforeallthings #Christholdsallthingstogether #inChrist #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 91: Holy One⠀
The Lamb of God, the Word of God, the Son of God - Christ is God’s glory. His glory fills the earth. In Christ, His glory fills us, too. We are holy only because He is holy. He is the Holy One.⠀
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#IC365 #holyone #lambofGod #SonofGod #inChrist #withpipeandpen

IC365 Day 90: Head Over Feet⠀
When we see the Lord for all that He is, we can’t help it; it is all His fault. Once we see the rising sun, we extinguish our candle. Once we see the summer begin, we discard the garb of winter. Once we see the beaming of His beauty, the unveiling of His heart, we fall head over feet. In Christ, in spite of us, Peerless Worth wins us over, and we love Him for all that He is.⠀
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#IC365 #alanismorissette #headoverfeet #inChrist #peerlessworth #withpipeandpen

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