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Make Disciples Out of Everybody, Without Limits

When I was a kid, we sang a sweet song that went Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world. Years later, I saw a different take on that song designed to point out our tendency to …

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You’ve Been Called Out

I wasn't exactly Mr. Athlete as a kid, so when we played sports in school or in the neighborhood and captains started picking teams, I usually wasn't first choice... or second or third. But when it comes to my role as a member of God's kingdom, the Bible says I'm part of a people that God has chosen and called …

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How Good Works Brings Real Faith to Life

"Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works." - James 2:26 NLT A human body without breath is responseless, inanimate, and lifeless. Without breath, the blood stops flowing and the brain shuts down. In the same way, faith dies when it isn't put to work. Faith, without …

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We Are Saved by Grace Alone Through Faith Alone

Here's the blunt, simple truth. We are all sinners. We've all broken God's commandments and have rebelled against His will. Like sheep, we've gone astray, every last one of us. And because of our rebellion, we have positioned ourselves for judgment and separation from God for eternity in hell. We've come up …

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The Heaviness of My Heart for Spiritual Awakening In America

I've probably been reading too much news lately, and it has created a sense of heaviness in my heart. I tweeted yesterday, "For me, today, the world seems 'scary big.' And God is infinitely bigger." A few friends assumed I must be going through some personal pain, but my feeling really flowed out of my …

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Let’s Blame the Good Stuff on Jesus

I paid a compliment to my friend Bobby once about the kind of husband and all-around good guy he was. His response never left me. "Let's blame that on Jesus, okay?" It wasn't false humility. He genuinely desire to recognize that any good work displayed in his life was a work of the grace of God deep within …

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Being Generous in Works and Deeds Too

Do Good

Writing a check is easy. Perhaps the work of earning the money represented by the check is hard, but in terms of generosity and serving other people, writing a check is usually the easy part, especially for people with wealth. Time often feels much more costly to us in the developed world because money seems so …

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Charles Stanley: The Gift of Forgiveness

Unforgiveness

I couldn't help but be moved by Charles Stanley's definition of unforgiveness. It's something we ultimately do to ourselves, not to others: Webster defines gift as “something given to show friendship, affection, support, etc.” Using this definition, it seems logical to give gifts only to people we love, …

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Taste, and See that the Lord Is Good

Psalm 34

I know that God is good because the Bible says so. If that seems overly simplistic to you, let me word it another way. I am able to come to the knowledge of God's absolute goodness, holiness, and fairness because the Bible as a source of inspired and inerrant absolute truth objectively declares Him to be so. My …

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The Truth About the Knowability of Truth

Knowable Truth

Let me talk philosophy for a second. Truth is knowable. People debate that, but 2 + 2 = 4. Every. Single. Time. Just try to come up with a different answer. This is why I was always better at math than other subjects (until I sat next to Angie in Algebra - all downhill from there). I like that numbers always …

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