Inspiration

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Please note, as you comb through these articles, that I (Cogny Mann) don't necessarily agree with everything you might find in the articles in these posts. In fact, I think it's fair to say that I'm pretty sure I disagree with some things said by everybody I repost in here. In fact, some of them are mine and I don't know I'd agree now with everything I said when I first wrote it. But have a look.

Peruse these articles and ask God to speak to you through them. These people are loved by God and feel called to write even if they don't agree with me. And I'm open to the possibility that maybe they are right and I am wrong. Maybe you should be, too. "As iron sharpens iron..."

In the spirit of etymology and onomastics, let’s look at the meaning of three Bible names—Jacob, Israel, and Jesus. There is a primer for identity found here that is stunningly profound.     Jacob – Hebrew for heel, from both aqeb (heel) and aqob (deceitful) Israel – Hebrew meaning to

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What comes to mind when others hear your name? What is that you are known for? There are a few people that would rather not be connected or known by anyone. However, the vast majority want to have meaningful connections and be known for being a good person.   One

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I remember, years ago, when I was working in a factory with a group of guys who knew I was a Christian and who knew that I was pretty vocal about it. At the time, the gospel was pretty simple for me. You have to make a choice. Jesus died

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To the king of all kings, we bow down.   Your name is Jesus, and you have the reputation of providing us with an identity that is secure in the Heavens.   Yahweh, we have wrestled and grasped endlessly trying to be secure; but the safest place is when we

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This popped up in my news feed. Thought it was worth while. This one should make you feel good…keep praying, and maybe we still have hope in our world. There’s hope for humanity Tags: feel-good, heroes, selflessness Related posts No related posts.

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There is a story in Daniel 4 of a king who went crazy and thought he was a cow.  It is a tragic story of what can happen to a person who gets too proud and self-reliant.  We can learn about the importance of staying humble from King Nebuchadnezzar.  

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No one is beyond saving. That was the headline in a recent story from YWAM (Youth With A Mission) about an ISIS fighter who came to Jesus after a dream he had, in which Jesus said to him, “you’re killing my people.” Nabeel Quereshi (author of the book, “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus“)

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Most Christians have feelings and ideas about communion and what it means when we participate in communion. But do we fully grasp what it implies when we partake? What is the true meaning of communion? In the first epistle to the Corinthian Church, the apostle Paul made a very serious

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Our culture has one particularly dominant focus and that is the human body. Each of us is concerned with body image, maintaining health, gender identity, stress management, sexuality and measuring the self against those that seem to possess some superior physicality, strength, or skill. We each have a physical body,

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“If the world hated me, it will hate you, too.” (John 15:18) Our 21st century, North American culture is a veritable “freedom utopia” for Christians, at least as far as it compares to the rest of the world. (So far, anyway. It appears that voters in the US signed themselves

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As parents, grandparents, mentors, teachers, and big brother/sisters we can be the kind of shepherd/guides that Jesus said we should all pray for. What is the relational work in the Kingdom of God, that instills a sense of meaning and direction in others? Your mission if you choose to accept

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  Sometimes people that have grown up in a suppressed environment are taught that it’s a waste of time to dream or imagine yourself in a better situation. Imagination for some Christian people is suspect. They think that all imagination is inherently vain and leads people astray. They are worried

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When it comes to a perception of God, some people will immediately find that problematic since their categories of perception do not extend that far. Like the person who does not know whom the gift giver behind them was, it requires another way of knowing their identity.   They will

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Christianity Today sent out an email recently about the annual “International Day Of prayer” which is April 23rd of this year. I have to confess that in times past, I’ve not paid much attention to these events. It’s not that I don’t believe in prayer. It’s just that I don’t

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  In geometry, it is impossible to draw more than one straight line between two points. Though other lines may start at the same point, only one will reach the second point. All others end up somewhere else. Likewise, a person who tries to focus on several goals at once

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In our examination of Christian conscience, it matters deeply that each of us let God shape our beliefs and behaviour. We are answerable to God for our attitudes, actions, and associations. God help each of us to have our minds renewed and transformed. We want to please God and grow

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Staying fit usually means an intentional diet and exercise regime. The goals are to increase your stamina and general sense of well-being. You may realize that you need more strength to bear the load of your physical and psychological demands.   Some will have a touch of vanity because they

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  We All Have Stories The longer you travel this road of life, the more stories you remember from the journey. I remember this one for how it demonstrates how there are many different ways that God can speak to a person about the condition of his or her soul. I used

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  Again, I quote Bonhoeffer.   “The church can only defend its own space by fighting, not for space, but for the salvation of the world. Otherwise, the church becomes a “religious society” that fights in its own interest and thus has ceased to be the church of God in

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John the Baptist’s father was named Zechariah. He and his wife Elizabeth belonged to the tribe of priests in Israel and were advanced in their years. They knew about a lack of fulfillment. She was barren and so they had no children. Barrenness is a block of the creative impulse.

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  Have you ever wondered about the thought life of Jesus? Did he think about many of the same things that we do? What was it like to have a mind shaped by his deep connection to Father and Spirit? How was his mental and emotional health in high stress

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There are times in life where trusting God is difficult, because we do not always understand what God is doing. There is a part in every one of us that recognizes what it is to see justice, and that part of us sometimes causes us to be angry when we

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I don’t know if you noticed or not, but there is a conspicuous absence of younger people in many churches. The reasons for exiting the church are manifold, but simply having opinions on why will not bring anyone back. It may be that it’s not simply a church and belief

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