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God Promises Prosperity… But Not Yet

“ For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope…” (Jeremiah 29:11). There is a school of “Christian” thought which looks at this verse as an open and shut case in determining the will of God for every [...]

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The Deceptive Heart and the Reason Behind the Criticism

Miriam and Aaron criticized Moses because of the Cushite woman he married (for he had married a Cushite woman). They said, “Does the Lord speak only through Moses? Does He not also speak through us?” And the Lord heard it… (Numbers 12:1-2). Let’s get on the table from the outset what we know about Miriam [...]

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Learning to Count

Our youngest child started kindergarten last week. Because this is our third time down this road, we have a pretty good idea of how this is going to go. We know, for example, that this week is going to be rough. He’s going to be exhausted all week long as he adjusts to this new [...]

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Contentment Isn’t Natural, but it Can Be Learned

Once upon a time, Philippians 4:13 was my football locker verse. There, in the midst of my stinking shoulder pads and disgusting workout clothes, I taped in my locker a notecard that bore the words, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” At that time, what I intended by putting that verse [...]

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Drop Your Nets

Disciples of Jesus are followers of Jesus. They walk not only where He walks, but in the manner in which He walks. It means that we acknowledge the lordship of Jesus and seek to see that lordship actualized in every area of our lives. That’s what disciples do. Jesus’ first call to discipleship in Scripture [...]

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Two Active Ways to Grow in Our Desire for the Kingdom

“Lord, teach us to pray.” I resonate with that request the early disciples made of Jesus. There is implicit in the request a certain amount of humility that it takes any time you ask someone to teach you something. The acknowledgment behind the request is one of inadequacy; I don’t know how to do this, [...]

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What is Supernatural is Not Necessarily Mystical

Supernatural. Defined like this: of, relating to, or being above or beyond what is natural; unexplainable by natural law or phenomena; abnormal. What we mean, then, by supernatural, is that there is a default way of everything. The law of gravity, for example, means that things are pulled downward, or toward the center of the earth. [...]

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The Limited Power of Observation

It’s been hot in Nashville. Hot and humid. Like the kind of hot and humid when you walk outside and it feels like someone threw a bucket of chili in your face. So I was none too pleased a few days ago when I went upstairs to our kids’ bedrooms and found that our air [...]

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Work and Worship

Work is not a bad thing. I know, we typically think of work as a means to an end – we work for the weekend, we work for retirement, we work to go on vacation – but work is threaded into what it means to bear the image of God. Two terms are used in [...]

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Disappointment is an Opportunity to Be Reminded

Have you been disappointed by something yet today? If not, just wait. It’s coming. Because it happens most everyday. We make our plans, with the best of intentions, and then things don’t wind up going the way we think they should. Granted, some of these disappointments are bigger than others, but imagine with me for [...]

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