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Time: Every Marriage’s Friend and Foe

Time

Ever heard of Daniel Frederick and Susan Bateman? No? That's okay. They aren't movie stars or government leaders or megachurch founders. Their lives are significant, however. They were married on August 29, 1772, till death did they part, 91 years and 12 days later. Daniel and Susan represent history's longest …

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6 Principles to Communicate to Your Church’s Greeters

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No matter what your philosophy of Sundays in the life of your church looks like, it's always biblical and beneficial to show love to people who are walking through the doors for the first or second time. In fact, it's crucial. It's very easy to come across as either in-genuine with an "in your face" approach, …

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God Is Love… But Am I?

God Is Love

God is love. We hear that statement but because it has become so cliche, we fail to feel the full weight of it. We, in our unloving and often unloveable finite human minds will never fully comprehend it. And to emulate that which we cannot comprehend is extremely difficult. If only we had a through, biblical …

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Be On Guard So You Can Pounce on People!

On Guard and Ready to Pounce

My wife pointed out to me a powerful post on the website of People of the Second Chance entitled I am the Vulture. And I am sometimes. A few days ago, I wrote an article about preaching for SermonCentral and in the comments section, someone used the article as an opportunity to make some assumptions about …

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How to Fix Broken Relationships

Broken

Context: The following are my notes for a message to the men gathering for Saddleback's Herd Saturday, which is why it's a message directed primarily at men. Two Things Men Do Well We've been raising both a daughter and a son. I've watched my daughter grow from a baby to an eight year old. She has an amazing …

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Me!! I Found One!!

Angie and Brandon

It's ancient Hebrew poetry, and it's found in the midst of wisdom literature. So if you understand the biblical context of Proverbs 31:10, it makes sense as a rhetorical question. "Who can find a virtuous woman? For her worth is far above rubies." As Solomon recounts the advice of his mother to him about …

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Love Means Being Interested In Others

When the Spirit of God has shed abroad the love of God in our hearts, we begin immediately to identify ourselves with Jesus Christ's interests in other people, and Jesus Christ is interested in every kind of man there is. ~ Oswald Chambers It stings me, at times, to realize just how much I think …

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You Can Lead by Fear or Lead by Love

Leadership

One of my favorite spots to hang out on the weekends is the green room, backstage at Saddleback. It's not just that some kind volunteers stock it with hot Thai food, it's the conversations that happen there. I learn about leadership by listening to other leaders. This past Sunday, I was sitting around with …

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If You Love Anything More Than You Love Jesus…

I'm speaking to believers... is there anything in your life you've come to love more than you love Jesus? An entire church was guilty of this and Jesus addressed them in Revelation 2:1-7. The Ephesian church was like the average Baptist church as described by Vance Havner, "straight as a gun barrel doctrinally, …

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To Know God’s Power, Know God’s Love

I love the presentation Paul makes in Ephesians 3:18 of the four-dimensional love of God... And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is... (NLT) I love that these four dimensions are the dimensions of the cross as it …

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