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Protests! (A New Testament Perspective)

When history looks back on the days in which we are living, one inevitable headline will feature the dramatic escalation of anger, protests, and even riots – taking aim at hotly debated concerns and even our recently-elected president. Regardless of the issues in contention or who is in the ...

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Speak the Word, Win the Battle

Every biblical Christian understands that our battle is not against “flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). We are commanded ...

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The Worst of Times -- The Best of Times

I like to say that “the worst of times are often the best of times – they just don’t feel like it at the time.” As counterintuitive as this seems, anyone who has been through tough times while drinking deeply of the grace of Christ knows it’s true. This week I had an ...

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The Process of Recapturing Perspective

I often define discouragement as a “temporary loss of perspective.” Yet, regaining perspective when we are down and despondent is not always easy. Psalm 22 is a powerful Messianic psalm but also a raw and resolute teaching passage on how we move beyond pain to praise and from feelings ...

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The Object of Our Hope

In recent hours the nation has witnessed the inauguration of our 45th president. Like all presidential inaugurations, the event should have elicited respect, new anticipation, and a fresh feeling of patriotism. Unlike previous inaugurations, we’ve been dismayed by scenes of massive protests, ...

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The Potential of Personal Encouragement

David, the great Old Testament figure, was no stranger to discouragement, fatigue, fear, confusion, doubt, bad decisions, and second chances. Like refreshing rain on parched ground, his raw humanity, disarming transparency, and persevering pursuit of God give us encouragement in the ...

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Receiving (not Resolving) in a New Year

By this time in a new year, many people may be struck by fear because they feel stuck in failure. The uncertainties echo in the recesses of our mind and might sound like this: I am afraid this is going be another typical year I am afraid I won’t ever change I am afraid that I will never ...

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The Power of Daily Decisions

RESOURCES FOR DAILY RENEWAL IN 2017 Personal Renewal Relational Wisdom Congregational Tran...

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The Best Christmas Gift Ever

As I write this the date is December 14th, and the Christmas season is in full swing. I love everything about this time of the year. As far back as I can remember I have always been enthralled by the sight, sounds, smells, songs, and colors of Christmas. It’s a special time of year when ...

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Will His Birthday be Happy?

Imagine a large home filled with guests who have come to celebrate the birthday of a beloved friend. Let’s call him Jesse. Scores of acquaintances, work associates, neighbors, and family members gather. The volume is quite deafening as individuals reconnect, recollect, and ...

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