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“In”, “Of”, and Trail Mix

There are two words that are both applicable to the place of the Christian in relation to the rest of the world: “In”, and… “Of.” Jesus said both words about His brothers and sisters when He was praying for us in John 17: “I have given them Your word. The world hated them because they [...]

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What’s Better Than Jesus Beside You?

JD Greear answers that question: When it comes to the Holy Spirit, most evangelicals fall into one of two extremes. Some seem obsessed with him, relating to him in strange, mystical ways. Their experiences with the Spirit always seem to coincide with an emotionally ecstatic moment — triggered by a musical crescendo, the wail of [...]

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“Thank You I’m Not Like That Pharisee”

Maybe you remember the story Jesus told. Two people, as different in their stature as they were in the condition of their hearts. The first one, filled with himself, spent his time thanking God that he was not like all those other people – the greedy, the sinners, the adulterers – pretty much everyone else. He [...]

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When You Can’t Take the Words Back

Words create worlds. Words are powerful, and the way you use them determines the culture you create. It’s true in a business organization, it’s true in church life, and it’s true in the home. I am recognizing more and more the sheer power that language plays in all these arenas, but this weekend I became more [...]

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Why is Patience Such a Big Deal?

Love, joy, peace – these are the fruit of the Spirit that seem to get all the press. They should – these are all attributes that make the Christian distinct. What makes them even more distinctive is the fact that, for the Christian, these fruits seem to grow in the least likely of environments. That’s [...]

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The Best Things About the Boring Parts of the Bible

This is such a great post from Nancy Guthrie: 10 After a poetic Creation and a cosmic disaster, the story of the Bible slows down in Genesis by tracing the sons of Adam and Eve’s son, Seth through numerous generations. Why do we need to know this? Because God made a promise recorded in Genesis [...]

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The Lady, the Tiger, and the Kingdom of God

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure, buried in a field, that a man found and reburied. Then in his joy he goes and sells everything he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. When he found one priceless pearl, he went and sold [...]

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The Act of Meeting Together is Sanctifying In and Of Itself

Recently I wrote a post that found its base in Hebrews 10:24-25: “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” In that [...]

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The Showcase of Our Self-Righteousness

What destroys the work of the gospel in a person? All kinds of things, but certainly not least on that list would be self-righteousness. Confidence in ourselves, being proud of how good we are, or internally harboring the belief that “we’re really not all that bad” runs contrary to the core of what the gospel [...]

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Um, Shouldn’t You Be Attacking Right Now?

That’s the feeling you get as you flip the page from Joshua 4 to Joshua 5. It had been a long road for the Israelites to get across the Jordan River. 400 years of slavery. Then the miraculous deliverance from Egypt. Then 40 more years of wandering in the desert until the last of the [...]

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