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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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Beware the Pride of Easy Education

This weekend, my daughter and I drove through a parking lot that came up beside a small pond and found that some ducks had congregated by that pond. So we stopped; these ducks were obviously used to the traffic; they expected some kind of treat coming from the car rather than running away back to [...]

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The Acute Pain of Trust

This year, there will be three backpacks. Three lunch boxes Three kids dropped off at the entrance to the elementary school. And one empty house for several more hours a day. All three of our children, for the first time, will go to school this year. This will be the last first day of school. [...]

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The Thin Line Between Faith and Foolishness

Someone, somewhere once defined “insanity” as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting to get different results. True enough. At some point, when you are in a rhythm and cycle and you’re not satisfied with the results, you have to go back and look at the way you are doing something, or [...]

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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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Jesus Doesn’t Need Our Protection

“The result of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quiet confidence forever” (Isaiah 32:17). She didn’t mean to be incendiary. She was just asking a question. My daughter not long ago during a family discussion about the Bible asked us, “How do we know these stories are actually true?” The question [...]

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I Am Barabbas

He’s barely mentioned in the Bible, and yet his story, maybe more than any other, serves to explain the gospel. He is Barrabas. Or rather, I am Barabbas. Here is what we know about this man: 1. He was a rebel. One of his crimes was insurrection; he led a rebellion against the rulers of [...]

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Why You Need a Day on the Calendar for Easter

We, as Christians, are people of the cross. The cross of Jesus Christ shows us what love is. Not our circumstances, not the state of our world, not our perceived blessings – it is the cross by which the love, forgiveness, and mercy of God is proven. It is the cross by which the justice, [...]

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Thanking God for the Cable Company

My name is Michael, and I have cable. I’ve thought about getting rid of cable a bunch of times. Sometimes it’s because of expense. But most of the times I’ve considered cutting the cord it’s out of frustration. Appointment times missed, poor service, outages – all of these things have caused me more frustration than [...]

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Be Careful of the Small Compromise Now

Once I built a retaining wall in our backyard. We had a wall that kept the mulch and dirt out of our driveway, but it had eroded over time. It seemed like a relatively simple project. All I had to do was rip up the existing brick and put new cinder block down in its [...]

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