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The Pain of Forgiveness

She wanted to know if I was serious. Before I could answer her question, the young woman shared her story with me. She had been sexually abused from the age of twelve by her adopted brother. This occurred over a period of six years. Her parents knew, but shockingly looked the other way. The nightmare ended when she confided in a friend. Eventually the perpetrator was confr...

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Fighting the Fight of Faith for Purity

Sexual sin stains us like no other sin (1 Cor. 6:18). It kills our relationship with God and robs us of the ability to love our spouse, children and our Christian brothers and sisters well. May these Bible truths serve as ammunition in fighting the fight for purity in the power of the Holy Spirit. Let’s believe them, ponder them, memorize them, take hold of the...

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Foolishness 101

Foolishness abounds in our world. Even common sense has gone out the window. Watch the evening news or scroll down your Facebook News Feed and inevitably you will ask yourself: am I crazy or what? Scripture has a lot to say about foolishness. But the biblical definition of a fool goes beyond our modern day usage. It adds a dimension that is foundational to every deed of f...

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Living by Faith

George Müller lived two centuries ago, but his life and ministry have deeply affected me. Müller founded orphanages and schools in Bristol, England. His primary purpose was not the physical and spiritual wellbeing of the children, though this was certainly included. His main goal was to prove to both believers and unbelievers that God is able to meet the needs of...

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Leading by Loving

It is very controversial, but the Bible states that the husband is the head of his wife. He bears the brunt of the responsibility to provide for and protect the family. He sets the tone for the spiritual climate in th home. Wives are called to submit to their husbands while husbands are called to step out in faith and courageously accept their God given role as leaders. T...

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Suffering: Why Does God Allow It?

Why does an all-powerful and loving God permit evil? This question has challenged the hearts and minds of Christians throughout the centuries. When adversity strikes every one of us will come face to face with this inevitable mystery. God is not offended when our “why” questions flow candidly from our broken hearts. In fact, He welcomes them. The writers of th...

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Examine Yourself

God calls us to examine ourselves (1 Cor. 11:28). He wants us to subject ourselves to the piercing light of His Word. With King David we should pray: “See if there is any grievous way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way” (Ps. 139:24). The natural man runs away from God’s holy gaze. But because we’re safe in the love of Christ, we should welco...

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Slaying Slander

"I just can't believe what is going on with so and so…” “Someone told me that…” Not many things are as destructive and divisive as gossip. Gossip is the silent killer that has slayed countless people in churches and families. It has destroyed friendships and damaged reputations.  It is the nature of gossip to fly under the radar. Goss...

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I Can't Forgive Myself

After drinking too much Ken fell asleep behind the wheel and caused a serious car accident. It left a teenage girl scarred for life. Weeks later he had an opportunity to meet both the victim and her parents. To his shock, he didn't meet resentment.  Amazingly they mustered up the strength to forgive him for what he did. But he just can’t move on. Ken has c...

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Five Important Questions About Anger

We live in an imperfect world with imperfect people and we're one of them. These two factors are a sure recipe for anger. We get angry and we have to deal with other people's anger. It is such a universal issue that the Bible addresses it head on. It diagnosis the real issue and charts a course out of the muck and mire of our disputes and quarrels. Christ can redeem our he...

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