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God's Voice in Our Struggles

Every true believer understands the pressure of life “under attack.” We are objects of the opposition of an enemy who hates our Savior. Because we are Christ’s prized possession, we are targets of the devil’s animosity. His intention is to “steal, kill and ...

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Definition Determines Destination

Some words in our common vocabulary cry out for definition. They are so frequently used in a vast array of contexts that the clarity of their real meaning and impact is convoluted. I believe “prayer” is one of those words. According to research, 55% of Americans say they pray ...

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The Beautiful Music of United Prayer

Imagine a master conductor gearing up to lead a large symphony orchestra in a beautiful rendition of Handel’s Messiah. The strings are tuned. The woodwind section is ready. The brass section is in place. The percussionists are set. The conductor steps to his platform with the applause of the ...

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To Know, Love, and Trust the Holy Spirit

In the past two weeks I’ve been privileged to lead two prayer summits for church leaders. In one gathering, 140 leaders from nine states, Canada, and Japan gathered in St. Petersburg, Florida. In the second, pastors from Central Arkansas gathered for their 20th annual prayer summit. Both ...

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Countering Complaint

One of the recurring themes of the Bible is the tendency of the human heart to complain, either to others or to God. One is unacceptable; the other can be helpful. Let’s explore the nature of complaining and when it is acceptable, when it is not. The Descriptions of ...

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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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