Not Peace, but a Sword

August 16, 2012

“Not Peace, but a Sword” … so the heading in my Bible reads. Much is made of the love, compassion, grace, and mercy of Jesus, and rightly so. All are true … and so much more. However, it seems that we often fail to acknowledge the more severe, yet just, parts of the Bible, especially […]

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What Are You Really All About?

August 2, 2012

What are you really all about? What really matters? Those are two key questions we should all be asking ourselves daily. Achieving the desired results is the ultimate goal of any endeavor in life, and therefore some means by which progress is measured is essential. But far too often we see folks that get hung […]

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On Getting ‘Wrecked’

August 1, 2012

Jeff Goins’ new book, Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life, was released today, and I’m pretty excited to read it. (In fact, I’ve already begun doing so on my Kindle for iPhone.) Jeff’s got a really neat offer with lots of freebies for those who purchase the book this week, so […]

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Why Settle?

July 23, 2012

You can have the cookie instead of the cheesecake, or the hot dog instead of the filet mignon. You can enjoy the taste of any or all of the above, to some degree at least. You can choose the tent instead of the house. Either puts a roof over your head. Or you can buy […]

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Endure With Great Hope

July 20, 2012

Endurance is extremely valuable in most any pursuit. Most endeavors require the ability to stay the course for an extended period of time, usually a much longer period of time than we’d prefer. Enduring is challenging, uncomfortable and, in most cases, downright painful. But endurance is necessary…a requirement for finishing any lengthy race worth running. […]

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Rightly Contending For The Faith

July 11, 2012

Much is often made of the urgency of the Church’s (and individual Christian’s) role in defending the truths of Scripture. Some are dogmatic in their approach, while others are lackadaisical to the point of indifference. So where is the line? How important is it anyway, and what approach should one take in this defense? In […]

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There’s One Thing You CAN Do

July 9, 2012

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28 This is one of the greatest verses in the Bible. It’s one of the most nourishing, fulfilling, and helpful promises we can cling to this side of heaven. It is perhaps also one of the least leveraged […]

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Celebrating Freedom on Independence Day

July 4, 2012

On this day, the day we call “Independence Day,” there is much to celebrate and be joyous about. There is also a great opportunity to waste the day if we’re not careful. Most of America is celebrating in some fashion or another. A day at the beach or on the lake, gathering with friends and […]

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Visibility is Essential

June 27, 2012

There are a lot of key aspects to effective leadership, and most of us are familiar with many of them. You’ve likely had the experience of following some great leaders, along with the good fortune of learning from a few bad ones (yes, fortune, because there’s much to learn from bad leaders). And in all […]

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“Get to Work” Doesn’t Work

June 26, 2012

For many believers the idea that the gospel drives our daily sanctification is a bit hard to grasp. There’s the mindset that the gospel saves and the rest is up to our faithful obedience in following God’s commands. This idea, however prevalent, is grossly mistaken and erroneous. In his excellent book, Gospel Wakefulness, Jared Wilson […]

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