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Encouraged to Pray

It is God’s will that we pray. The Bible is packed with exhortations, pleas and inspiring examples to that end. Time after time we’re taught the urgency, necesssity and power of prayer. However, most of us struggle with prayer. Surveys show that the vast majority of Christians pray an average of five minutes or less a day. There is much room for growth. Over ...

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When It Is Wrong To Wait

Resolutions are not limited to the beginning of a New Year. Most of us have a running list of goals and desires. From spending more time with our kids, to taking a course, to inviting our neighbors over for coffee; we have our ambitions. And as Christians we can add spiritual objectives to the list: attend prayer meeting, memorize Scripture or help out with the children&rs...

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Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices

Thomas Brooks was an ordained minister of the Gospel in England during the 17th century, where the Church of Christ experienced major upheaval. He was also an avid writer. His books combine deep theological insight with helpful practical application. One of his more well-known books is Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices. It is still in print. A free PDF is av...

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Bring It and Leave It

I have a confession to make. I am a worrier. It’s not that I find pleasure in being anxious, on the contrary. But I fall easily into the trap. When a perceived problem blips on the radar screen, often worry is my initial response. Perhaps you can’t relate. But I know that many of you know exactly what I am talking about. Anxiety has different flavors. Some peo...

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About Your Job

Why do people work? The answer seems obvious. Folks work in order to meet their financial and material needs and those of their family. This goes for Christians as well. Didn’t God say that “if anyone is not willing to work, he is not to eat either” (2 Thes. 3:10)? There are other reasons as well why people have jobs. Some simply find fulfillment in what...

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Idolatry in Church

Idolatry in church. The title sounds ridiculous. Does it really happen? Is it even possible? Churchgoers don’t worship statues. They don’t pray to icons or to Mary. When gathered together, we worship the one true God and His Son Jesus Christ. Our songs sing His worth and our preaching expounds His character. But unfortunately idolatry is alive and well in the...

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To Fear or Not to Fear

How do you harmonize the wonderful “fear nots” in the Bible (Gen. 15:1; Is. 41:10; Heb. 13:6) with the repeated admonition to “fear the Lord” (Deut. 6:3; Acts 9:31; Col. 3:22)? Did you ever think about that? How can we fear God while He drives out our fear? The answer is found in a proper understanding of the fear of the Lord. The English word &ld...

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Making a Difference in Your Local Church

How can you make a difference in your church? I once asked an ordinary church member (if there is such a person...) this question. His reaction surprised and troubled me. This young man stated that he didn’t think he was in any position to make a difference in his local church. When I asked him why, he answered: "I am not in a position of influence."  It is not...

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Relationship and Rules

God made us and redeemed us. He knows how the Christian life functions best. We should therefore not be surprised that the Bible tells us how we should live. When you read Scripture carefully however, you discover that God’s statutes don’t exist in a vacuum. They are imbedded in God’s gracious redemption. He first establishes the relationship, then He gi...

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Everything Under Control

Does your life ever feel like a runaway train? Are you disillusioned and afraid when you think about the state of affairs in the nation? What about some of your other anxieties and concerns? Do you worry about your health, job security, church or (grand)children? Are you tempted to think that your problems are too big to solve and your troubles too complex to untangle? If...

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