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True Love Keeps No Record of Wrongs

True love - God's kind of love - is both possible and impossible at the same time. It's possible to love people the way God does when we're living under His truth and grace and in His power. We know this because He commands us to love and defines it for us in explicit terms, and …

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Charles Stanley: The Gift of Forgiveness


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 …

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Forgetting the Past

We all have a past. It's filled with proud moments, and not-so-proud moments. It contains joy and pain, and we are continually tempted to live in it. But God wired us to face the future, to think forward, to live for today and tomorrow and leave yesterday behind. Paul put it this …

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What I Really Deserve

Nice Fruit

This week, I'm staying in a nice hotel in Ocala, Florida, driving around in a rented Camaro, and eating fresh fruit - all sweet gifts from The Church at the Springs where Pastor Ron Sylvia and others are hosting Nuts & Bolts, a conference for church planters. I feel very …

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21 Things Pastors Need to Know About Porn

My Porn Blocker

Just this morning, a book came across my desk, Eyes of Integrity: The Porn Pandemic and How It Affects You, and I devoured it in a matter of hours, not because it was an "easy read" but because it shares a compelling story that rarely gets talked about - what happens to people …

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But I Want Revenge!

In 1 Samuel 22, Doeg the Edomite ruthlessly slaughters, execution-style, 85 innocent priests of the Lord. In Psalm 52, David reacts by calling upon God to judge Doeg. Being angry was right, dealing with anger the way David did is also right. I'm sure you've been in the …

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It Doesn’t Matter – It’s In the Past!

There's a scene in The Lion King I really like when the old wise monkey hits Simba in the head with his cane. Simba demands, "Hey, why'd you do that?" The monkey replies, "It doesn't matter, it's in the past." There's a lot of wisdom in that! …

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Forgiveness Is Tough

If there's a command in the Bible that's difficult to keep, it's the repeated command to forgive others. It's really tough. As you look at the model prayer of Jesus, He encourages us to express our forgiveness to others in light of the fact that we've been forgiven of so much. …

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