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The Life Plan of a Courageous Man

Men! In western society today, we've typecast men as unable to be responsible, intelligent, or relationally healthy. Boys will be boys. Men just can't control themselves. Girls rule. Boys drool. We aren't doing our boys any favors by hold up this particular caricature. Equally dangerous is the other extreme, embraced in various generations of history in which men are domineering overlords of the weaker sex. Between and beyond these two models is the model of a godly …

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Big News… Grace Hills Is Pregnant! We’re Expecting a Daughter Church!

Church planting is absolutely essential to doing all we can to fulfill the Great Commission in our generation. That's why we planted Grace Hills with the philosophy of being a teaching hospital. From day one, our desire has been to plant other churches out of ourselves. This is the DNA of churches that have poured into us as well. Local churches bear the weight of the work of church planting and we wanted to be born pregnant, ready to give birth to a daughter church before it …

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Diversity Was God’s Idea to Begin With

Diversity and equality have been hot topics in the last decade of American life. We're in the midst of various shifts in our culture surrounding these concepts, especially in relation to ethnicity and gender, and some of these shifts are good. When my family lived in southern California, we were ethnically not in the majority in our neighborhood, and we appreciated it greatly. Our church was home to people from dozens of ethnic backgrounds, and we loved that even more. All …

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Justice Is the Pursuit of People Who Belong to God

God will make it all right! We live in world turned upside down at present. It's an unjust place, an unholy place, and a place where the oppressed cry out to the Creator night and day. And we who belong to Jesus are agents of His Kingdom and its values, which include justice and peace. Our primary means of bringing peace and justice to the world around us is by way of telling the good news of Jesus who died to level the playing field and make salvation and redemption possible …

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Loving People You Don’t Like Is Really Love

Loving people you like is easy. Loving people who are easy to love is a cinch. But loving your enemies? That's a challenge. But it's a challenge given by Jesus when He said, "But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you." (Luke 6:27-28 NLT) The basic minimum requirement that the world expects of us is that we be loving when it's easy, but Jesus' new Kingdom ethic is far …

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How Will People Know You Love Them?

Saying "I love you" matters a great deal. It's a missing ingredient in too many family stories. We all need to receive that basic verbal affirmation, and we all need to be giving it as well. But verbal affirmations of love only go so far. What we need is love through deeds, love in action. We show our love in both simple and complex ways, from random acts of kindness to great acts of sacrifice. 1 John 3:18 says, "Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; …

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You’re Never Alone When You’re Sharing Jesus

Most believers understand the "ought to" side of sharing our faith. We know we ought to do so. Some of us understand the "how to." In fact, churches have been quite good at equipping and educating believers in the finer points of the gospel and the act of sharing it. But on a daily basis, I think very few understand the "can do" side of witnessing. This is something you can do, and you can do it in what Adrian Rogers often called a "supernaturally natural" way. I say you …

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Leadership that Matters Is All About Conviction

Just two quotes that grabbed me, from Al Mohler's book The Conviction to Lead: Congregations and Christian institutions need effective leaders who are authentically Christian - whose leadership flows out of their Christian commitment. Wherever Christian leaders serve, in the church or in the secular world, their leadership should be driven by distinctively Christian conviction... If our leaders are not passionately driven by the right beliefs, we are headed for disaster. At …

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The Greatest Rescue Operation of All Time

As I write this, the United States government is weighing the possibility of using ground military forces to rescue the Yazidi people who are trapped on a mountain in Iraz, surrounded by the threat of extermination by the Islamic State, a terrorist group currently taking control of a growing number of towns in their region. Politicians and military strategists are debating whether this is the right thing to do or not from a variety of perspectives. The situation at hand …

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Communications In a Purpose Driven Church

I first read The Purpose Driven Church around 1998 and began to implement some of the core ideas of the book. Somewhere along the way, Christian leaders began to re-interpret Rick Warren's ideas and reduce the idea of being a purpose driven church down to a seeker-sensitive style of worship and nothing more. But being a purpose driven church is really about having an intentional process for disciple-making. This disciple-making process is rather simple. Bring your …

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