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Hone the Two-Edged Sword
Only as we study God's Word will we grow.

Disobedience to God's Word needs no encouragement; it's abundant enough, thank you. Yet without intending to, local churches frequently establish patterns that hinder actually doing the Word.

The formula is deceptively simple: Expose people ...

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7 Prayers That Will Change Your Life Forever
Prayer is so much more than asking God for things.

During the first couple of years I walked with the Lord, my prayers went something like this:

"God, help me to get that job." "Jesus, please heal my throat." "Lord, send enough money to pay these bills." "Father, ...
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Prayer Game
Three ways our prayers tell us about our faith.

Let's play a game. No, not Chutes and Ladders—sorry. The long slide that thwarts my march to victory right before I defeat my three-year-old son is just too frustrating. Instead, take out a piece of paper and write down your last five prayers. ...

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Battling Numbers
Getting past the need to see ever-increasing numbers.

Numbers can be deceptively powerful. They can actually take prisoners. I'm proof. Until recently, a number was holding me captive. It did not need chains to keep me down; only my own insecurities. This number had nothing to do with my finances or my ...

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What Will Heaven Be Like?
Thirty-five frequently asked questions about eternity.

I would like to attempt the impossible: to answer the 35 most frequently asked questions about Heaven. Obviously, it would take more than an article, more than a lifetime, and more than human wisdom to answer any one of these questions adequately. ...

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Dealing with Depression
First we must recognize the problem. Then we'll find the solutions.

Snowy sludge. Gloomy noon skies. Christmas credit card debt. No new movies that are any good. By the time January arrives, many Christians are depressed. That means they wonder what's wrong with them—or their faith.

Neither mere January ...

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The Gift of Being Real
How might things change if we admitted our family's flaws?

I should've trusted the worship leaders at my church more—but I didn't. So when the video rolled and the cheesy, deep, deejayish voice announced, "And now, a Thanksgiving presentation … " I rolled my eyes. Oh, boy. Here we go, I thought. ...

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When the Facts Don't Add Up
When the Facts Don't Add Up
A just, loving, and powerful God should follow certain rules, shouldn't he?

What is man that you make so much of him, that you give him so much attention, that you examine him every morning and test him every moment? Will you never look away from me, or let me alone even for an instant? (Job 7:17–19)

If you had asked me ...

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The Christian and Baby Food
A desire to be "fed spiritually" may be killing us.

There's a foundational belief within Christian culture that may be killing us. It's so deeply embedded in our collective consciousness that accepting it has become akin to accepting that the earth is round. It is the belief that we have to be fed for ...

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Are There Many Paths to God?
There is only one way to heaven, and that is through Jesus Christ.

Jesus often surprised people with teachings that cut across the grain of human nature. "Lose your life to save it." "The first will be last." "The meek will inherit the earth." "Rejoice in persecution." "Pray for your enemies." "It's better to give than ...

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The God Who Can't Be Tamed
Could we be losing more than the land when we destroy it?

In what she later called "the most transporting pleasure of my life on the farm," Isak Dinesen went flying across the unspoiled plains of Africa with her friend Denys Finch-Hatton. In the film version of Out of Africa, the character playing Denys first ...

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Guilt Good and Bad
Guilt Good and Bad
The early warning signs.

Love means never having to say you're sorry," proclaimed a sappy romance novel from the 1970s. I have come to believe the opposite, that love means precisely having to say you're sorry. A sense of guilt, vastly underappreciated, deserves ...

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Too Much Stuff
Too Much Stuff
If clutter's got you down, try these secrets to simplifying.

Several years ago while on vacation, our family ate at a restaurant that claimed to have the largest buffet in the United States. We swarmed the mind-boggling array of culinary delights as though we'd never seen food before. By the time we finished ...

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The True, the Good, and the Beautiful Christian
Beauty is making a comeback in science and theology. Will it find its place in the lives of believers?

The very idea of beauty makes many sophisticates cringe nowadays. It seems utterly out of touch with postmodern ambiguity, since the notion of beauty implies absolute standards widely agreed upon that address an objective reality: "That is beautiful." ...

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Hope for the Christian
How to build a life of hope.

It is a wonderful thing to be a child of God, a Christian. You have made your apology to God, believed on the truth of the resurrection of Christ, and by faith he has saved you. Somehow, however, the joy of the Lord has not become your strength. You ...

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What's Happened to Me?
Exploring what it means to be part of God's kingdom.

You may have gone forward at a Billy Graham rally and accepted Christ. You may have responded to an invitation at the end of a morning service. You may have prayed with a Sunday school teacher or parent years ago. You may have listened to a TV evangelist's ...

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Prayer Scandals
Prayer is an encounter with the living God.

Mark reminds us in his first chapter that Jesus was a man of prayer: "In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed" (Mark 1:35). This characteristic of our Lord is noted in all the Gospels, ...

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Be Considerate
Be Considerate
The virtue of kindness.

Mark Twain reportedly said, "Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can read." His remark is a testament to the power of kindness which we all admire in people and would like to practice more consistently. But as universally ...

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Meet the Holy One
Take time to settle your mind as you pray.

As a child I had the privilege of spending a month on the farm with my grandparents each summer. I learned to drive a tractor, feed chickens, and herd cattle, but the most important lesson I learned came before dinner each evening. As we assembled around ...

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Draw Near to God
Hungering for God's presence in worship.

In order to know God, you will need to put forth some effort. But if you love Him, it won't seem like any effort at all. When you met your spouse, did it seem like effort to get to know him or her? When you became friends with someone you really ...

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