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Grumbling

Grumbling

We are world-class at some things, and grumbling is right up there at the top of the list. But we’re not the first, by a long shot. The word means to murmur. It’s the low growl of discontent.

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Thinking the Right Way

Thinking the Right Way

A. W. Tozer wrote, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” If we were to add a follow-up statement, it would be this: “What comes into our minds when we think about ourselves is the second most important thing about us.”

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Moving from Fear to Faith

Moving from Fear to Faith

I awoke in fear this morning. So much ahead, so much at stake at our church. As a leader, if you are going to worry, the places where the greatest FAITH is needed are always the places where the greatest FEAR is a possibility. And it was all over me this morning. I didn’t invite it in, I just woke up to fears swarming like a hornets’ nest in my mind.

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Thinking the Right Way

A Whip or a Cross?

Jesus was furious when He found that moneychangers had desecrated the temple, and He reacted swiftly and severely: “Making a whip of cords, he drove them all out” (John 2:15 ESV). The scene appeals to us. Evil motives were exposed, evildoers were punished. Good triumphed. Wickedness fled. Order restored.

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How Will You Face Death?

How Will You Face Death?

Some rarely think about it. Others fear it and fight against it. But there are those happy people on this earth who have come to view their eventual death with a holy reverence, happy anticipation, and settled joy.

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Firefall Again

Firefall Again

Beginning in 1872 and continuing for almost 100 years, every summer, people would thrill to the sight of the Yosemite Firefall. Each night, someone would build a fire at the top of Glacier Point and then push all the embers over the cliff as people below shouted, “Let the fire fall!”

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Revive and Restart

Revive and Restart

Opportunity is my word for 2021. Now, it may not seem like the road ahead is paved with opportunity these days. We face unprecedented political division, violence, disunity, injustice, persecution, and pandemic. But did you know, Jesus specifically told us that every one of those things would happen in the days just before He returns?!

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Thinking the Right Way

It Is Fitting

Does your approach to growing in Christ include intentional celebration? The feasts and celebrations of the Old Testament were established to be observed at certain times, never by convenience.

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Do You Have the Most Important Thing?

Do You Have the Most Important Thing?

We spend our lives trying to gain certain things, and we are full of momentary joy when we get them. Our first car, our first job, our first home. Reputation, prestige, influence. The list is long. But, is it possible to have all those things and not have the most important thing? Here’s what the apostle Paul said:

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The American Church After COVID-19

The American Church After COVID-19

When the pandemic first began, I had high hopes for the American church. After all, the two periods of the most rapid growth of Christianity in history have been during and just after global pandemics! (Specifically, the Antonine plague of the second century and the Cyprian plague of the third.)

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Saying Yes in the Fog

Saying Yes in the Fog

As the alarm goes off, I drag myself to the place where I normally spend time alone with the Lord. There I look out my window at a sea of white fog. One would never know there is a wonderful view out that window. It’s as if the world outside doesn’t even exist. Fog describes how I see everything right now. Nothing is clear. It seems like every time a plan is made, I end up crossing it off my calendar.

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Something You Should Really Fear

Something You Should Really Fear

As a leader, the greatest way to help others to a revived life is to live there yourself. This does not happen automatically. In fact, the pull of the world, flesh, and devil is so strong that we can easily slide into sin and find ourselves in deep need of personal reviving.

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Fear or Love?

Fear or Love?

I was intrigued by the layers of protection surrounding my host’s African home. Ominous-looking barbed wire and broken glass stood atop a wall-fence whose massive steel gates were guarded night and day by armed sentinels. The guards weren’t terribly intimidating, but the message seemed clear to me: This property is well guarded. KEEP OUT.

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The Tragedy of a Self-Centered Unity

The Tragedy of a Self-Centered Unity

The fundamental flaw in man is as old as the Garden of Eden. We were made by God and for God; but in our rebellion, we want to live by ourselves and for ourselves. It’s the misdirection of our hearts that causes all the problems.

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