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When Christians see an amazing sunset like this, they often quote a verse in the Bible that says; "the heavens declare the glory of God." That’s because we often translate the word "glory" as splendor or beauty, but the Hebrew word here is "kabod" which means "heavy" or "weighty". Kabod is also the root of a word meaning "rich" in Hebrew because they would say a rich man was "heavy with wealth" in the same way we might say a rich person was "loaded" today. The idea behind 'kabod' is that when we experience God’s glory, we’re experiencing the weight...

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Do you ever feel like God is far away from you, or from a situation you’re facing? Whenever I feel like this, I remind myself that when the Israelites were in the desert for 40 years, God sent a "Cloud of Glory" to shelter them. The Jewish rabbis call this cloud the “Ananei HaKavod" and teach that inside this cloud, God provided for His people and kept them safe. Inside the cloud, God made His people aware of His presence and He sustained them. I believe that today, whatever you’re facing, God wants to remind you that He is with...

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This waterfall at Rock City near Chattanooga, Tennessee looks beautiful from a distance, but when you get close you realize these falls are man-made. It reminds me of a verse written by the prophet Jeremiah warning God’s people about two things they were doing wrong: they had walked away from the "spring of living water” AND they were relying instead on cisterns they had dug for themselves. Now this seems weird until you understand the symbolism. See, the "spring of living water" is a picture of God. For people living in the desert, a water spring was not just refreshing,...

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When I started going to church during high school, I learned that "praise" was the fast songs at church. Worship was the slow and reflective songs, but praise was the uptempo music. Then, as I grew in my faith, I learned that praise was something you did at certain times – like when something good happened or when you saw a spectacular sunrise. But now I’ve learned that the ancient Jews needed seven words to adequately define the idea of "praise"! When you put them all together, these seven words describe praise as being a life that is marked by...

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Just reading that can be so overwhelming. He CREATED all things, the big and the small. Things that people drive miles to stare at the beauty of. Do not forget for one second that you also fall into that category.  Your beauty and awesomeness also deserve to be acknowledged.You are just as magnificent as the mountains, and beauty flows through you just as it does in the ocean. We are deep and unique. There is no one else exactly like you. Do not build walls around you. Let all that meet you catch a glimpse of the gifts that He...

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