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Living Under the Rule and Reign of Grace

There's a long, straight stretch of newly paved road in Bentonville near my home. It was gravel, and now it's asphalt, and it's a quick way to cut over to Rogers. Except it isn't quick because as soon as it was paved, a 30mph speed limit was placed on it. Personally, I think …

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Just How Big Is Your Vision?

If you've seen the recent Tom Hanks movie Saving Mr. Banks, you know that the classic movie Mary Poppins wasn't about a Nanny come to save the children. It was about a Nanny come to save Mr. Banks. And why would he need saving? According to Mary Poppins, he couldn't see past the …

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Whom God Saves, God Seals

In the year 2000, Angie and I bought our first home. It was sweet! We took one day with the realtor. About the fifth or sixth and final house we looked at that day was the perfect fit. We headed to the realtor's office and filled out an offer form and included with it our earnest …

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Healthy Churches Grow by the Power of God

The church shouldn't work. It doesn't make any organizational sense. It's unlike any corporate structure on earth. So how in the world has the church, as an institution, managed to survive for two thousand years? It must be the power of God. Paul, in his letter to the …

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Life Is About More than Keeping Our Lists

I have lots of lists. And you probably do too. We have lists of the things we are supposed to do right, the things we aren't supposed to do wrong, and of course the list of ways we've failed to keep the other two lists. But life is about way more than keeping lists. Somewhere …

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From Condemnation to Confidence

Are you confident? God wants you to be. He doesn't want you to be arrogant or self-reliant, but He does want you to wake up each morning and face the day with a sense of spiritual confidence, rooted in your relationship with Him. He even went to the trouble of speaking rather …

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On the Cross, Jesus Won

Sometimes, the story of Jesus is depicted in odd ways. In various on-screen or onstage representations of the gospel, we see Satan enjoying a momentary victory when Jesus was crucified, only to have his gloating spoiled by the resurrection. But I don't think for a second Satan …

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Defining Spiritual Maturity

How is it that some people can be born again, faithful church members for many decades and act so immaturely under pressure or in conflict while others who have been believers such a short time seem to reflect Christ so well? It's because spiritual maturity isn't defined …

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God Is A Finisher

I have taken lessons in piano, guitar, trumpet, and karate. Does this make me a master of all of these abilities? No! Because I stopped each one after only a few months. I'm a master of starting things! God, however, is the Master of finishing. Consider this. In Genesis 3, sin …

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What Is It That Breaks Your Heart?

Martin Luther King, Jr. was so moved by the plight of black people in America that he gave his life leading a civil rights movement. Mother Teresa was so crushed by the poverty she saw in Calcutta that she spent her life there ministering to the poor. John Knox was so burdened …

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