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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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Divine Synergy

Divine Synergy

“We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28 NASB). There are over 7,000 promises in the Bible that are given by God to man. This particular promise is one of epic proportions because it stands at 20,000 feet looking over the whole course of a believer’s life. It explains the correlation of good and evil. It gives hope for the divine weaving that is going on in the entire tapestry of our lives … a tapestry with both dark threads and light.

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Eight Reasons 2020 Was Good for the Church

Eight Reasons 2020 Was Good for the Church

The year 2020 was an extraordinary experience. There are very few who look at the year with gratitude, and the 2020 jokes are everywhere. A whole new set of words have become standard, such as COVID-19 and social distancing. While we long for “the good old days,” we look with anticipation for a new, “COVID-free” year.

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Do Yourself Good

Do Yourself Good

I gasped at my doctor’s question: “Tell me about the white space in your life.” I raced to explain the reasons why “white space,” although necessary for some, was not a need in my life. “My husband and I are committed to being all in for the kingdom. We love Jesus and the opportunities He brings our way. Our season of life allows for the schedule we keep.”

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He Shall Reign

He Shall Reign

God is the ultimate difference-maker. Only He can turn a rebellious and darkened heart into a joyful and obedient one. Only He can overrule the evil works of the prince of darkness. Only He can do the impossible.

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Believing God When It’s Hard

Believing God When It’s Hard

It is difficulty that pushes us to Christ, that causes us to believe, that makes us desperate to find the only One who can help us in our problems. Without such suffering, we would go on our way never thinking about God. Secure in our sinful depravity and self-reliance, we would assume that all is right with the world.

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Seven Transforming Truths About Your Suffering

Seven Transforming Truths About Your Suffering

Every person wants to fulfill their destiny … to do what we were created to do. Every serious follower of Christ has this DNA implanted in their soul. Something (or Someone) calls us to this, and it’s a glorious calling. But there is an ironic component that must be embraced to reach this goal: suffering. We don’t like this word, but to Paul it was vital, because he had accepted the truth that suffering was the high path to greater effectiveness and greater reward.

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What Should the Church Do Now?

What Should the Church Do Now?

There are times in these days when I feel kinship with a sad singer sitting on the banks of a Babylonian river asking, “How shall we sing the LORD’s song in a foreign land?” (Psalm 137:4 ESV). These are uncertain, evil, and anxious times. But today God is sovereign, good, and fearless. And all that He is—is alive in us:

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He Shall Reign

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.

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