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Life lessons in David’s approach to defeating his giant

(Nov. 24, 2018) -- All of us love David and Goliath stories of ordinary people overcoming significant obstacles. However, there are some important lessons here as they pertain to any battles we face, be it a stubborn sin problem, an illness, massive debt, childhood trauma or an unhealthy relationship.

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Do daily devotionals qualify as Bible study?

(Nov. 7, 2018) -- Devotionals are wonderful tools for helping to understand a passage or two of scripture. People who write good devotionals generally have keen insight and a unique way to apply the passage to everyday life. However, I don’t think devotionals can be considered genuine Bible “study” because no study is really involved.

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Men have had enough of ‘not enough’

(Oct. 28, 2018) -- Much of the problem with men is that they are exhausted – emotionally and physically – because they really don’t know what is expected of them. The bars of achievement are routinely raised like he’s an Olympic pole-vaulter and the goal posts defining success are pushed further and further back. Deep inside, men know that whatever they are doing, it isn’t enough.

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Opinion: Small groups offer the wisdom of diversity

(Oct. 20, 2018) -- If we only hang around others who look like us, talk like us and think like us, how is anything other than “group think” likely to happen? In Luke 6:39, Jesus asked, “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit?”

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Are we too comfortable with God?

(Oct. 13, 2018) -- In the Old Testament, the process people had to go through to atone for their own sins was pretty remarkable considering all the burnt offerings, grain offerings, fellowship offerings, sin offerings, guilt offerings, wave offerings, food offerings, and drink offerings. Compared to Old Testament reverence, today we worship our work, work at our play, and play at our worship.

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Have you heard of, met or do you truly know Jesus?

(Oct. 6, 2018) -- It is a decision you alone must make. Even if you scoffed at Jesus (like I did), made fun of Christians (like I did), and ran away from his church (like I did), he still wants a relationship with you. He’ll forgive you of those mistakes because Jesus knows that if you spend time with him, you’ll come to know the real Jesus and to genuinely love him.

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A revolutionary failure

(Sept. 29, 2018) -- Human relationships are difficult, and they are messy. They always have been and likely always will be. It is because of sin and the problem has been around since the beginning of time. America thought it had the answer in the 1960s. But, a crazy thing happened on the way home from the Sexual Revolution.

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Opinion: Facebook is an ideal way to offer hope

(Sept. 22, 2018) -- In the past few months, I’ve taken a whole new approach to Facebook. When you view it as an online community just as vibrant and diverse as the one you live in, Facebook is quite a mission field. Almost every day, I have found at least one person who seems to need encouragement and hope.

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Opinion: Would Jesus say your assignment is unfinished?

(Sept.8, 2010) -- In Revelation 3:1b-3 Jesus has a warning for the church in Sardis, but it might as well have been a warning specifically for me. I made it into bed just fine an hour earlier. But when I stepped out, I began experiencing the signs of stroke as I lost function in my entire right side. It was a vivid reminder of how Jesus can come like a thief when we least expect it.

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