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There is such a thing, you know, as having too much: too much money, too much power, too many possessions, even too much time – if we become bored with it.

It's hard to know, sometimes, when it becomes too much. A good clue is that we lose sight of when and where the reign of God is revealed.

In these next moments, ask God to clarify your view, clear out whatever clouds your vision, and help you to see where God is at work.

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Listen

Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

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Think

In the world of marketing and advertising, there is a word that brings horror to the faces of account executives: stale. When a marketing strategy has been around for a while, the consumer begins to see it, but not experience it. What once had the power to change behavior quickly becomes an ineffective message.

The writer of Hebrews, however, would beg to differ. The testimony of this letter-writer points to a word that does not go stale, does not dull, and does not break. It remains powerful and effective each and every time it is encountered. It is the word of God.

The word that spoke creation into being.
The word that saved the life of Abraham's son.
The word that spoke to Moses through a flaming bush.
The Word that became flesh and moved into our world.

Yes, Jesus Christ, the ultimate expression of the word of God, is the Word to watch for. And when we find it, we soon discover that it actually found us.

John Woods

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Pray

Searching God, who knows me through and through, refine my spirit by your word, so that your Kingdom might become my one desire. Amen.

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Go

Go now knowing just how much you are blessed.
Find creative ways to risk yourself for the world God loves.
Seek out ways to be extravagant with your gifts,
Making your life useful in God's service.

John Woods

John Woods is pastor of music and worship at Northside Baptist Church in Victoria, Texas, where he provides leadership in the areas of music, the arts, worship, and liturgy. When there’s time, John likes cluttering up his Mac, reading Dan Brown, listening to “This American Life,” traveling with his wife Lindsay and son Hudson, and exploring the intersections of music, faith, liturgy, and community.

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