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God’s Five Purposes for Your Marriage

Angie and I are approaching our 17th wedding anniversary. I'd love to say that we've always been happily married, but that kind of dishonesty wouldn't help you much. Happiness rises and falls, for all of us, married or not. And happiness isn't the real goal of life anyway. Every day, I pray a prayer over my children that says, "God, help them to first be holy (set apart for You), and then to be healthy (physically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially), and finally to be …

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A Scalable Model for Making Disciples in Small Churches

"The New Testament is the only model we need!" There, I went ahead and said that for you. It's out of the way. For those pastors and church leaders who highly value the New Testament AND actually want to accomplish something meaningful, read on... Every church follows a model. Most of the church leaders who criticize following a model follow a model that tends to criticize models. Follow that? There are traditional models with an age-graded Sunday School, a morning worship …

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Spiritual Maturity Is a Pathway We Walk Together

God created you to be like His Son, Jesus Christ, and He has a pathway for you to walk on the way to spiritual maturity. Nearly two thousand years ago, Jesus formed a community of people who could walk this pathway together and He called it a church. Today, spotting the globe are hundreds of thousands of churches walking the pathway to spiritual maturity together. Why? Because God never intended you to walk the pathway to being like Jesus alone. Far too many people …

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Mourning with Rick and Kay Warren and Family

I've started to write this post quite a few times, and each time, I've deleted it. It's hard to know what to say when someone you admire and love goes through something as tragic as what Rick and Kay Warren have endured the last few days. Their son, Matthew, ended his own life at the age of 27 after battling severe mental illness for many years. I have heard Rick speak of this behind closed office doors, asking for prayer and pouring his heart out concerning his love for his …

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Be a More Balanced Church

Remember the old V-8 commercials where someone who wasn't taking in a balanced diet would be leaning to one side? That's what I think of as I read the thoughts and opinions of various church leaders about "what the church should be all about." It typically sounds something like one of the following... Jesus was a disciple-making discipler who discipled disciples, so the church should be all about making disciple-making discipling disciples as well. Let's disciple some …

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