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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 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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An Easter Encounter
Embracing Christ's pain helps us appreciate the joy of His resurrection.

"They're hurting him. Make them stop," cried my 4-year-old daughter Caitlin as she watched the Easter cantata. She stared with wide eyes as Jesus was beaten, mocked, and crucified. Earlier in the service she had danced and sang as Christ ...

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The Secret of Walking with God
From the beginning, God has wanted a walking partner.

God is looking for not only a clinging bride but also a walking partner. From the very beginning, God had a relationship with Adam and Eve that found them "walking in the garden in the cool of the day" (Genesis 3:8). God created man for ...

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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 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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7 Priorities that Guided Jesus' Decisions
They can help us in our daily choices.

I wear a bracelet on my wrist with four letters: WWJD—What Would Jesus Do? This saying has become a guiding principle for many Christians. For me it serves as a moral compass, helping me apply abstract elements of my Christian faith to the practical ...

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Lean On Me

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)

In my public school class of first graders, some of the students were experiencing behavior problems. The other teacher and I were at our ...

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Teaching a Church to Pray
Steps to vital, life-giving times of group prayer.

The pastor who preceded me at Arcade served the church 40 years. Bringing change to this congregation would be either a supernatural work of God or professional suicide.

My first sermon at Arcade stressed the importance of learning to pray in community. ...

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"Great to Good" Churches
For those who find trying to be great isn't good enough.

Jim Collins's recent book Good to Great has inspired both business and church leaders. It is a study of 28 good companies that became great as measured by their outperforming the stock market by at least seven times over a 15-year period. Countless companies ...

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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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What Will Heaven Be Like?
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. But ...

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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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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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7 Prayers That Will Change Your Life Forever
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, take away ...
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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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Shaking Our Fists
Acknowledging our anger with God

In The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis creates a fictional correspondence between a demon, Screwtape, and his nephew, Wormwood. Screwtape advises Wormwood in his endeavors to derail one man's (the "patient") journey towards God (the "Enemy"). Rather than ...

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Are You There, God?
An interview with The Folly of Prayer author Matt Woodley

In The Folly of Prayer Pastor Matt Woodley challenges us to reimagine and revitalize our prayer life.

IVP: Why do you describe prayer as folly?

Woodley: Prayer doesn't always operate according to our standards of "wisdom." Nor does it conform to our expectations ...

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A Grateful People
A Grateful People
What does true thankfulness mean?

Gratitude is difficult. Isn't that ironic? It seems so easy and innate. God gives, we accept and are thankful—end of story. But it's rarely so simple or clean. What if we're not in a healthy place to receive God's blessings? What ...

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See God for Who He Is
How do we move from our distorted image of God?

My early family life made me question whether I had a purpose at all. I wondered why I was alive. I thought about killing myself often, and my mood was flat and depressed.

As a teenager, I was headed south. I wanted to believe in God, but I had been ...

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