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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 efforts.

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Eight Reasons to Abstain from Sexual Immorality (in Any Form)

Eight Reasons to Abstain from Sexual Immorality (in Any Form)

It’s been a problem since the beginning of time. The rise of Internet availability has made it incredibly more accessible, but lust has always been one of Satan’s most powerful tools to mar the image of God in us. Paul was intense about this because he understood the nature of the human mind and the deadliness of this particular sin. He always tells us to abstain, flee, run, get away by any and every means. Why?

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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 encountering God daily?

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Get Up!

Get Up!

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.

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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 really seems right to them, and vice versa.

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The Boldness We Need

The Boldness We Need

The rapid spread of the church in the New Testament can only be attributed to two things: the gracious, miraculous activity of the Holy Spirit, and the bold witness of His followers. If God had not moved, nothing would have happened. If believers had not shared the gospel, the movement would have stalled.

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Sacred Anointing

Sacred Anointing

In His sovereignty, God has ordained preaching as a primary means of transforming lives. He has graciously given us creation, His Word, and most dramatically, Himself, in the person of His Son, so that we might know Him. By these three means God sufficiently reveals Himself.

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Get Up!

Anchored

“We have an anchor that keeps the soul Steadfast and sure while the billows roll. Fastened to the Rock which cannot move—Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.” Though these words carry a “grown-up” message, they were actually written by Priscilla Jane Owens (1829–1907) for the children she taught in Sunday School.

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The Sovereign Power of Our Providing God

The Sovereign Power of Our Providing God

It’s our greatest problem. We measure God in our own image. Thinking He is just like us, we limit God in our minds, and the results are disastrous. As J. B. Phillips said, “Our God is too small.” But throughout history, God gives constant reminder that although we are made in His image, He is not made in ours. He is God. He is sovereign and rules over all. And His power is incomprehensible.

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The Testing of God

The Testing of God

It would seem that the propensity of God to test His children is unloving. But in reality, it is one of the greatest demonstrations of His love for us. God is not out to always give us the most comfortable life. If He was, we would grow soft, unusable, and inherently self-absorbed.

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What Happens When God Comes

What Happens When God Comes

It is one of the ways of God. Periodically in history, He opens the windows of heaven and comes down with His manifest presence. We call these moments revival as they affect the church, and spiritual awakening, as they impact people without Christ. Spiritual results happen at an accelerated pace and with stunning results. These outpourings bring a course correction to nations, and most importantly, they glorify God.

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The Cycle of Revival

The Cycle of Revival

“Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it; prone to leave the God I love” (Robert Robinson, 1758). The hymn writer captured in a sentence what is universally true of man. Our humanity is weak, the devil is strong, and the world pulls us relentlessly away from God. Even those who have come into a relationship with Christ still wander at times.

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Leah’s “Yes to God” Story

Leah’s “Yes to God” Story

In January of 2018, my family received news that my dad’s cancer was most likely terminal. This was really hard news to receive, but we went forward, praying and seeking different treatment methods. As my dad’s treatments continued, his cancer continued to spread, and I knew that this was my “yes to God” moment. I was going to learn to say yes to loving my dad, and loving him well.

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How to Advance the Work of God During a Confusing Pandemic

How to Advance the Work of God During a Confusing Pandemic

Every pastor and spiritual leader I know is experiencing waves of discouragement and confusion during this COVID-19 pandemic. Leaders lead. They want to move the ball forward and get things done. Spiritual leaders want to see the kingdom advance. No true man or woman of God wants to just survive. To get by. To merely tread water. To see the work of God slowed or even stopped.

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Do You Care About the Kachins?

Do You Care About the Kachins?

If the news of Coronavirus and chaos in our streets has you down, consider this—you could be a Kachin. On July 2, over 160 people in Kachin State in Myanmar were killed when a 200-foot-tall mountain of mud taken from the local jade mine gave way and buried them alive. Why were they there taking such unimaginable risk when they knew that these landslides happen regularly?

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