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Thoughts for This Thanksgiving

Thoughts for This Thanksgiving

Try this as a trivia question at Thanksgiving dinner: What does “Mary Had a Little Lamb” have to do with Thanksgiving? In 1822, Sarah Hale was only two weeks away from giving birth to her fifth child when her beloved husband died suddenly of a stroke. She was so...
The Day After

The Day After

Did you wake up this morning anxious to see who is going to run our nation for the next four years? Only to find yourself disappointed that no one knows for sure? Nothing wrong with that. But consider these two things: This morning and every morning, we know who runs...
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...