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2 Questions to Answer If You Want a Bigger, BOLDer Faith

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One minimalist definition of biblical faith is "expecting God's best." Unpacked, it means that faith is believing "that God exists, and that He rewards those who sincerely seek him." (Hebrews 11:6 NLT) The direction we choose determines a lot about how life unfolds before …

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Dump Your Doubt, Take the Risk, and Lead Forward

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Nothing paralyzes good leadership like fear, and nothing fuels good leadership like taking risks in faith. Obviously, we must make decisions wisely, but when we know, it's time to go. This is coming from a somewhat trigger-shy leader. If you know what a DISC profile is, I'm a …

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5 Steps to Getting Unstuck and Having a Fresh Start with Faith

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Ever been stuck? Over the Christmas holiday, my family traveled to Missouri and stayed a night in my in-laws' sweet little cabin in the woods before heading on into St. Louis. It rained a lot that night, and there's no driveway. We got out okay but I managed to forget my wallet …

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Three Phases of Accepting a God-sized Opportunity

When I knew that God was calling me to serve in pastoral ministry for the rest of my life, I wrote a note in the margin of my Bible, "Called to Preach, March 1, 1995." Seven months later, on October 1, I finally surrendered and said "yes" to His call. I had all kinds of reasons …

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Meekness is the Leverage of Leadership

In today's world, meekness = weakness. God does not view it that way, however. The Bible says of Moses,"Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth." (Numbers 12:3) And in a world where power is everything, Jesus entered the scene in a …

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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 …

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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 …

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How to Start Getting Smarter

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Want to be wiser? Fear God more. That's where getting smarter starts. While the atheistic world asserts that more enlightened people no longer have room for claiming to know that there is a God, God's opinion is the opposite. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and …

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Just How Good Do You Have to Be?

Galatians 3-22

God has rules. The problem is, none of us can or do keep them. But the point of God's rules isn't so that, in keeping them, we can be made right with Him. The point of His rules is to make apparent to us our glaring inadequacies and failure and sin. When we are left with no …

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Mountains Will Move

Jesus said some pretty radical things, and one of our favorite things to do is weaken and water down His message. For example, when Jesus said, “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say …

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