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Dimensions > How Deep?

Vic Pentz

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August 31, 2014

Too often we are like Martha—busy, distracted, and skating on the surface. It takes daily time sitting at Jesus’ feet if we are to grasp how deep is the love of God. Escape the world’s programming. Let God reach deep inside you.


Only the transforming work of the Holy Spirit that strengthens and changes us. What do we do? Open our eyes to the dimensions of Christ’s love - its width, length, height, and depth. Only then can we be filled to the rim with the fullness of God.

Luke 10:38-42

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How Wide?

Ephesians 3:14-19

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