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6 Strides Toward Forgiveness

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Imagine standing right next to a hurdle on a race track. You can’t jump a hurdle from a standing start. You have to take a run at it. Often we get focused on one sin, one problem, one issue that we want to overcome. How do I get over my fear? How can I prevail […]

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3 Road Maps for Life in the Spirit

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Some time ago, I came across the true story of a man who was sentenced to serve time in prison because he was a thief. While there, he was wonderfully converted and became a new creation in Jesus Christ. When the time came for his release from prison, he knew that he would be tempted […]

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4 Ways to Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart

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Education and learning have become idols to which people increasingly bow. We live in a time of exceeding pride in human knowledge and accomplishment. The information humanity has amassed is more than any individual can fully comprehend, and it is almost ubiquitously available. We are also surrounded by a culture where the desires and rights […]

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4 Ways to Know That You’re Walking in the Spirit

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Walk by the Spirit, Paul tells the believers in Galatians 5:16. Sure. Easier said than done. How do I know when my actions are Spirit-driven and when they are not? We human beings are quite capable of convincing ourselves that we’re living by the Spirit when we’re not even close to doing so. The life […]

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4 Keys to Practice Spiritual Disciplines

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While walking to a seminary class several years ago, I stopped by the café to purchase some coffee. After filling my cup, I observed a married couple holding hands and praying at a nearby bench. I thought, “That is really neat!” Then, I thought, in a moment of my flesh, “Aren’t they showing off their […]

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2 Common Misuses of God’s Name

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When I was growing up, we were taught that to exclaim “Oh my God” was wrong, but that saying “Oh my gosh” instead was fine. At the time, this was my only notion of taking the Lord’s name in vain. I think, as a child, I remembered this commandment most easily because it was the […]

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4 Ways to Get Closer to God and Others

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This year I’ve spent several Wednesdays dreading the evening’s small group. We have a group of amazing prayer partners—and that’s just the problem. Our group has come to expect the real, troubling prayer requests, not the easy ones about grandmothers’ colds and work travel. I get prayer request paralysis. It’s because some weeks giving the […]

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4 Ways to Trust God in your Suffering

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And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. (1 John 5:14-15) God sovereignly intervened in my sister’s life this year to rescue […]

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10 Questions for Examining Your Life in Christ

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Examining your life is essential to your growth as a Christian believer. Seeing your own sins and failings will make it possible for you to confess, repent, find forgiveness, and grow in grace. These are the steps by which we move forward in the Christian life. If you can’t see your own failings, you can’t […]

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4 Ways to Speak Scripture into Suffering

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When my first daughter went to be with the Lord, one friend wrote to me, “There are no words.” There are no words to describe, quantify, or eliminate the pain of child loss—it was a depletion of my person in nearly every possible manner. There are no words for the kinds of suffering we can […]