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“The kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field.” (Matthew 13:44)
Want the good stuff? You gotta spend time digging. Casual seekers find very little.

“Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 16:17)

Every generation of the Church has its own popular lens through which it looks at and interprets the scriptures.  And in this popular lens, you will find both true revelation and worldly trendy-ness. That is why it is so important for each generation, at times, to press past popular opinions and commentaries and sermons, and to ask the Holy Spirit for a fresh, more objective view of the scriptures.

But this can only happen through EFFORT and DIGGING and TIME AWAY from both popular and church culture, allowing the Word and the Spirit to teach us. And if we do this, we will find things more glorious than we could possibly imagine.

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Every serious Jesus-follower should read through the entire Bible at least once.  Otherwise, you don’t really know what you signed up for.  And you end up taking a lot of other people’s word for what God wrote and who He is. 

We talk a lot about RELATIONSHIP vs RELIGION and how “religion” is bad…and yet it’s easy to let others spoon-feed us and to fool ourselves into thinking second-hand knowledge (religion!) is enough — but a real, living relationship takes work.

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Spiritually speaking, whatever we are most hungry for
is what we will most often consume.
Hunger is as hunger does.
The words we use to describe our hunger
can sometimes reveal our heart,
but what regularly ends up in our spiritual stomachs never lies.

And how we use our time and energy is a clear indication of our spiritual hunger as well.  How much time do you spend watching TV, hanging around online, etc.?  And how much time do you spend with God (in Bible study, in prayer and worship, and in serving Him)?  If we spend a lot more time doing “other stuff”, rather than with God, then it is a clear indication of what our priorities really are (and perhaps it is also a clear indication of who our god really is).

But the GOOD NEWS is that we can, at anytime, repent (admit we have been wrong), and start eating right!

“Blessed are the hungry — You said it, I believe it.
Hunger is an escort into the deeper things of You.
You satisfy, you satisfy.”
(M. Edwards)