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Lord, Make Me a Generous Father

“Lord, make me a generous father.” This is a prayer I’ve been praying recently. I started praying it because I read Jesus’ description of our heavenly Father in Luke 11:11-13: “What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish? Or if he asks for [...]

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Unity, Apart from the Gospel, is Self-Exaltation

God loves unity. In John 17, Jesus’ high priestly prayer just before His death, He could have prayed many things for His followers, and He did. But one of the recurring themes in that passage of Scripture is unity: “…protect them by Your name that You have given Me, so that they may be one [...]

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3 Surprising Ways to Boast in the Lord

What does it mean to boast? Even if you can’t quote the definition, you know it when you see it, just like our kids do. There is a certain way you tweak your voice, a certain way you hold your head, and ultimately a certain way you view yourself that is boasting. Through all those [...]

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The God Who Fixes… Or Doesn’t Fix… Your Problem

God is able. He’s definitely able. And it’s really irrelevant what kind of problem you are bringing to the table right now. It can be big, or it can be small. It can be global, or it can be local. It can be an issue of health, finance, spiritual condition, or church. No matter what [...]

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Be Careful When You Pull Jesus Aside

Sometimes Jesus spoke mysteriously. Through stories that seemed like riddles, Jesus talked about the past, predicted the future, and shed cutting light into the present. Very few people, even those who thought they knew Him best, understood most, or even half, of what He was saying at a given moment. But then there were moments [...]

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The True Issue at the Bottom of Kingdom Investment

“You evil, lazy slave!” These are the words the master had for the third servant in Jesus’ story recorded in Matthew 25. Each had been given a substantial sum of money; each had made choices about what to do with it. The first two servants, with varying success, had taken what had been entrusted to [...]

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The Promise of Bearing Fruit

There’s a big difference between a promise and a command. Every kid knows that’s true. Think about the difference between “I promise that we are going to get ice cream” and “Clean your room.” See? Different. But why are those things different? And why does it matter to us when it comes to God’s work in us? [...]

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The God Who Laughs… And Those Who Hide

He is the God who Provides. He’s also the God who Saves. He is yet still the God who Delivers. But He’s also the God who Laughs. This laughter of God is either immensely comforting, or incredibly frustrating, and which one depends on your standing in relation to Him. Psalm 2 gives us the picture [...]

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My Name is Joseph (Part 3)

You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. It didn’t take me long to decide what to do.  For the several nights Mary came by every evening to try and see me.  I just had my father send her away – I thought I would see how she liked it for a while.  [...]

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My Name is Joseph (Part 2)

Part 1 is here. That day is crystal clear to me.  She had sent word about a week ahead of time that she would soon be on her way, and I started to get excited.  Sure, I wanted some answers about why she had left, but more than anything, I just wanted my wife back.  [...]

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