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“I Feel” Versus “I Know”

Right now, I feel tired. I also feel that I'm spinning my wheels and not getting anywhere, and that I'm failing to meet the expectations of others. I feel bogged down in things that need doing, and I feel inadequate to the tasks that loom largest in my life - be a great husband, a great Dad, and a great Pastor. Right now, I know that God's approval matters more than the approval of others. I know that He equips those whom He calls and that I am adequate and can do all …

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4 Attitudes You Can Choose Today

Sometimes God takes me back to kindergarten, spiritually speaking. I spend time reading theological treatises, but I sometimes forget the most basic and simple of truths. Here's one of those basic truths I sometimes struggle with: We choose our attitudes. We don't choose our circumstances. We don't choose the weather, the direction of the economy, what people around us will do, or the direction of world events. If we could choose our circumstances, we would avoid …

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Thank God for His Boundaries

Our condo is two floors, with all the living space upstairs over the garage, so when you come in, you go upstairs. At the top of the stairs is a gate with a lock. This is a good thing, because Sam just started crawling and he heads for the gate all the time. So the rule is ALWAYS check the lock on the gate. Boundaries are good. Why is it that we, as humans, have such a problem with boundaries? Isaiah said that like sheep, we have all gone astray. We've turned every one of …

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Choosing the Godly Response to Circumstances

In our journey through the Word (I've been preaching through the entire Bible on Sundays), we've come up to the book of Ruth - one of my own favorites in the Old Testament. Ruth's story takes place during one of the darker ages of the history of the Israelites. It's a dark time in her nation, her life, and her family, yet Ruth manages to make some pretty great decisions along the way. ONE GREAT TRUTH: Life presents a series of circumstances to us that are really …

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Bold Leadership: A Cost vs. Benefit Analysis

To be honest, the title of this post is a misnomer in some respects. Bold leadership sometimes requires we ignore any assessment of cost versus benefit. There are just times when the cost is worth it no matter what, such as when truth or integrity is at stake. At other times, we need to ascertain the damage of a risky decision, such as when a "smart" move might hurt someone we love. These are the inner conflicts leaders face daily. Consider these questions that swim …

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Spurgeon on Preaching to the Will of the Listener

W. A. Criswell defined teaching (from the pulpit) as "instructing a man in the will and ways of the Lord," and preaching as "seeking to drive a man's will God-ward." There is a raging debate today over how much freedom people really have. A renewed fascination with Calvinism has brought this debate to the forefront. I'm not opening the whole can of worms here - just this one point. Preaching should be directed to the will of a person. Decisions count. If you carry …

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