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by Andy Deane - 8 months

Unicorns, Lucky Charms & False Prophecy

A few years ago, I had an opportunity to counsel a friend who had received an alleged prophetic word. The prophecy was comically out of line with Biblical principles, saying things like: “sunlight comes out of your mouth;” “when you speak your words shift atmosphere;” “I saw as soon as you sat down, a unicorn;” and even “I saw a bowl of cereal, and I asked the Lord what kind of cereal it was, and HE said, ‘lucky c...

by Andy Deane - 9 months

A Fresh Approach to Daily Devotions

It may be necessary to vary daily devotionals to preempt the inevitable rut that ensues from a consistent routine. It’s important to maintain daily reading of Scripture, ...

by Andy Deane - 9 months

Overcoming Obstacles to Having Daily Devotions

In my last post, I offered "Five Suggestions for Effective Daily Devotions." Despite the fact that most believers recognize the benefits, many still struggle to actually succeed at spending time with the Lord on a daily basis. The obstacles faced in prioritizing personal devotiona...

by Andy Deane - 9 months

Five Suggestions for Effective Daily Devotions

In my last post I wrote about "Eight Reasons Why Believers Have Daily Devotions." In this article, I’d like to write about how we actually go about having daily devotions. It’s important to know that a script cannot be written for our quiet times with the Lord. We can be as close to Him ...

by Andy Deane - 10 months

Eight Reasons Why Believers Have Daily Devotions

One of the greatest priorities that we can have in life is a decision to set aside time each day for personal devotion toward the Father. The purpose of this time is simply to quiet our hearts before the Lord and have fellowship with Him. Our daily devotions are not necessarily meant to be a time of in-depth Bible study, but instead a time to simply draw closer to the Lord through meditation in His Word and commun...

by Andy Deane - 10 months

How to Impress Jonathan Edwards

Puritan preacher Jonathan Edwards wrote, “There are two ways of representing and recommending true religion and virtue to the world; the one, by doctrine and precept; the other, by instance and example.” He went on to state that God, “...Has also raised up some eminent persons who have set bright examples of that religion which is taught and prescribed in the word of God; whose examples have, in the course of divi...

by Andy Deane - 10 months

How to Diagnose a Cold Heart Toward God

It is helpful as a continual practice to ask God to show us the true condition of our hearts. Paul challenges believers at least three times to “examine” themselves (1 Corinthians 11:28; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Galatians 6:4). Even Job, who the Bible recorded as blameless and upright (Job 1:1), knew to ask, “How many are my iniquities and sins? Make me know my transgression and my sin” (Job 13:23). We are prone to bli...

by Andy Deane - 10 months

Three Steps for Growing Intimate with God

The apostle Paul seemed to contradict himself when he rebuked the Corinthians, stating, “…Some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame” (1 Corinthians 15:34), and yet a few chapters before, he claimed, “…knowledge puffs up…” (1 Corinthians 8:1). So how do believers gain knowledge of God but avoid being puffed up in pride? The answer is in our motivation. Our desire must be to obtain a real and...