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Living with Integrity

Living with Integrity

As believers, our lives should be marked by integrity. This is true whether we’re interacting with brothers and sisters in Christ or with those who are rejecting Him. It is also true when no one but God Himself is watching. Integrity is the opposite of hypocrisy. It...
The Importance of “All”

The Importance of “All”

To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some. I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it (1 Corinthians 9:22-23 NASB). When any word in...
Do You Know Who You Are?

Do You Know Who You Are?

All of us are dramatically shaped by how we view ourselves. Some have too low a perspective, some too high. To be imbalanced here is harmful in either direction. The apostle Paul summed up his self-awareness in one important sentence as he wrote to the Corinthians: By...
What Can Overcome the Evil Around Us?

What Can Overcome the Evil Around Us?

In the profound letter Paul wrote to the Galatian believers, he reminded them that they had been set free by the grace of God. There was no need to return to the bondage of trying to live on their own, vainly seeking to make themselves right with God by their own...
Creating Environments for Encountering God

Creating Environments for Encountering God

Everything flows from the presence of the Lord. Everything. If you have Him, you have everything you need. Without Him—His life, presence, provision, and power—you have nothing of importance. Our greatest concern as pastors should be simply this: Are we personally...
Living with Integrity

Get Up!

The LORD said to Joshua, “Get up! Why have you fallen on your face?” (Joshua 7:10 ESV). The heart posture of the repenter—and often the physical posture as well—begins at ground level. But there comes a time when he or she must stand up and get moving again. Once the...
The Root of the Rebellion in Our Land

The Root of the Rebellion in Our Land

All across our nation, evil is erupting to a degree that I have not seen in my lifetime. In my opinion, we see what Romans 1:28 describes as a depraved mind. This word describes those who, through continual rejection of God, have such a hardened heart that wrong...