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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 wooden manger surrounded by barnyard animals. He grew up in an humble village, the son of a carpenter, of modest means. He lived His life serving others, yet Jesus was certainly the most influential …

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When You Don’t Feel Like Running to God

When you least feel like running to God, that's when you really need to run to God. And when you feel the least lovable, the least acceptable, that's when His mercy shows itself strongest. King David once cried out, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble... Oh, how great is your goodness, which you have laid up for those who fear you." (Psalm 31:9, 19 NKJV) David's language in this psalm is a lament over His own errors. He has strong words for those who ensnared …

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To Understand the Gospel, First Understand God

There are three things I know beyond the shadow of a doubt... There is a God. I am not him. Neither are you. I know that if we were to make up our own "god," he wouldn't resemble the God of the Bible much. I know that because that's what humanity has done repeatedly and still does today. It's easier to serve an idol that looks like our idea of god than it is to serve the Living God. That's why I cringe when people say things like, "Well I just think God probably doesn't …

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King Jesus Saves and Reigns!

We love to take biblical words and weaken their meanings by adopting them for our own usage. One such word is "gospel." We use it in a light-hearted way when we refer to something as "the gospel truth." Like when we say, "Donald Trump's hair is amazing - that's the gospel truth!" Not only are we stating something subjective in objective terms, we're also saying something... weird. What exactly is the gospel? The word literally means "good news." It's good news about a …

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The Supreme Sin of Self-Righteousness

We like to rank sins. The problem is, we really stink as sin-value-estimators. We think about sins as how "bad" they seem to us. So the sin of adultery or murder? Those are really bad while the sin of gossip - not so much. I don't personally believe in the myth that "all sins are the same." They're not. But we tend to judge the sin without its motives. We inspect the fruit and not the root. Why? Because it's usually easy to find people who have worse external behavior than …

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The Real Source of Our Temptation

It isn't a sin to be tempted. It's simply human. Temptation to sin may be the result of living in a sinful world, but experiencing temptation to sin isn't, in itself, the same as committing sin. That doesn't mean temptation isn't dangerous though. James, the half-brother of Jesus, described the natural progression we experience when we sin in this way... "Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And …

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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 way, No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and …

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I’m Sorry Sin, But You Have the Wrong Person

"The number you are trying to reach has been disconnected." Ever hear that? It means the people you're attempting to contact have closed, or moved, or died, or gave you a wrong number, perhaps even on purpose. How rude! The same can happen with the mail, according to Elvis, whose postman brought his letter right back saying, "Return to sender, address unknown. No such person, no such zone." The Apostle Paul described the Christian life in a strange way in his letter to the …

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Demolishing Strongholds

I love having what I call "family fortnights," nights when our family builds a fort. Sometimes we break our sectional sofa apart and turn pieces of it up on end, stretch blankets and bedsheets over it all and create a fort. In the imagination of my toddler, this creates a special fortress of protection from the elements and our enemies. In the mind of my wife, I'm making a mess of her living room, but she's in the fort too. Satan loves to build forts too. The Bible refers to …

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Is Mad Men a Religious Program?

Well... no, but it certainly makes for a good illustration of a very simple biblical principle - that of consequences. The laws of "sowing and reaping" or "cause and effect" are realities we cannot escape. I loved Russell Moore's post on this topic so much I wanted to pass it along here. So often our approach is to write off anything non-religious as being non-spiritually-valuable. I'm not saying (and neither is Dr. Moore) that watching Mad Men or any other television …

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