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The Virtue of Patience
Waiting without complaining

"Patience is a virtue." We're all familiar with that cliché, and many of us know that patience is listed by Paul in Galatians 5:22-23 as among the fruit of the Spirit. So there's no disputing that the Christian ought to be ...

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How Can We Gain a Good and Beautiful Life?
Putting on the character of Christ

The great preacher and founder of the Methodist movement, John Wesley (1703-1791), was once approached by a man who came to him in the grip of unbelief. "All is dark; my thoughts are lost," the man said to Wesley, "but I hear that you ...

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Five Signposts of a Healthy Church
Look for these clues to see if your church is on track.

These five signposts will tell you how to bring your church new strength.

Rediscover your purpose

Searching for the purpose Christ has for your church can counter the seemingly inevitable slide toward spiritual entropy.

One of the most observable principles ...

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Tell It Like It Is
How to speak the truth to a friend without harming your friendship

I'll always remember when my good friend, Sheri, called me on the carpet about my attitude problem. I'm thankful now, but at the time …

Sheri and I were sitting in her cozy kitchen sipping coffee and nibbling on bake-sale leftovers. ...

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Superwoman Syndrome
Getting over feeling we have to do it all and learning to say yes to God instead.

In the 20th century, women broke more glass ceilings than any other time in history. Horizons for us have broadened dramatically due to events such as the suffrage movement, World War II, and even the reality of modern-day economics. Women can do—and ...

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The Art of Group Prayer
Lead your group in praying biblically.

We wrapped up our small group as we usually do, with a time for everyone to share their prayer requests. After we closed in prayer, Tom approached my husband and me. He was considering dropping out of our small group because he felt overwhelmed by the ...

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Top 5 Bible Courses on Parenting
These were your favorite studies on this topic.
No calling in life is tougher or more important than our calling as parents. Because of that, we've created numerous courses on how to raise our children with faith and wisdom. These are the top five that you have downloaded.

5. Fighting for Your Prodigal ...

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Seeking God Together
Seeking God Together
A first look at spiritual direction

I was very nervous the first time I went for spiritual direction. I had never done anything like this before. I wasn't even sure I knew what spiritual direction was. And I'd never met Ed, the spiritual director I found through a brochure someone ...

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Engage Both Heart and Mind in Worship
How to prepare for worship

There's an old joke among Meyers-Briggs users. Question: what happens when a passionate, hyper-expressive, exquisitely emotional feeler meets a logical, hyper-rational, Mr. Spock-type thinker?

Answer: they get married.

Too often deep thinking and profound ...

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A Christmas To-Do List
A Christmas To-Do List

So often in the Christmas story, we focus on the main characters: Mary, Joseph, and, of course, Jesus. But through the short account in Luke 2:8-20, we can learn from the shepherds four things that should make the top of our to-do list this Christmas. ...

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Learning from Horses
Training horses can teach us a lot about how we grow.

I am a third generation horse fanatic. My grandpa needed horses for the farm, and when they were no longer needed to work the land, he kept them for breeding and showing. Even though my mom died when I was just 19, she passed on to me her love of horses. ...

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Blessed Are the Uncool
Blessed Are the Uncool
Living authentically in a world of show

Admit it: you want to be cool.

On your way home from work, canned ghetto-rage from a neighboring car pounds syncopated coolness through your windshield. Suddenly you feel uncool and you hate the feeling. So you lean back in your seat and put a meaner ...

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Fasting
Fasting
Spiritual freedom beyond our appetites.

Seattle has its own smaller version of the Statue of Liberty. She gazes over Puget Sound, standing tall in a park that swarms with joggers and parents pushing strollers. From the rear she looks just like the statue in New York City with flowing robes, ...

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Spending Time
Psalm 90:1-17: The eternal value of numbering our days.

I happened to catch a song on the radio a few months ago called "100 Years," by a group named Five for Fighting. It was the tune that caught my attention at first, but the words were just as haunting. The premise of the song is that if you've only got ...

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Holy Moments
Recognizing God's fingerprints in your life

It's easy to find evidence of God in the midst of extraordinary circumstances. It's not so easy to detect him during the ordinary events of our lives. But that's exactly where you and I live. Most of us will never walk on water, heal the sick, or cast ...

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Please Don't Interrupt Me
What if life is really in the interruptions?

I love poetry: to read it, to write it, to get lost in the language and the pictures. To savor the fragment that doesn't seem big enough or long enough, and yet it captures everything.

I love poetry, and in honor of National Poetry Month—and ...

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Authentic Fellowship
How do we learn the deep 'one another' community of Scripture without being in close proximity?
How do we learn the deep 'one another' community of Scripture without being in close proximity?
Karen Shepard, Wheaton, Illinois

Community in the New Testament sense of koinonia assumes and requires face-to-face communication, whether in a horse-and-buggy ...

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Don't Ask Me What I "Do"
We need to define ourselves in Christ rather than by our jobs.

When I go to a party, meet a neighbor, or am introduced to anyone, the inevitable question rears its ugly head: "What do you do?"

I resent that question. "Who are you?" or "What are your interests?" would be better questions. To be defined by how I earn ...

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No More Mr. Nice Group
Five practices that take small groups beyond polite sharing to the disciplines that change lives.

God has entrusted us with his most precious treasure—people. He asks us to shepherd and mold them into strong disciples, with brave faith, and good character. I would not give my life to any church that was not serious about this calling—the ...

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Flex Your Spiritual Muscles
Use power like our Master.

Growing up I wanted to be Mr. T. What's not to love? Big muscles, innumerable gold chains, a nice Mohawk—he intimidated everyone. His power and ability to physically dominate almost any situation mesmerized me (with the exception of the cinematic ...

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