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A Foundation for Personal Growth

Good things have been happening in the church over the last several decades. We’ve seen a surge in church plantings, we’ve watched as more and more mega and gigachurches dot the landscape, and we’ve heard encouraging accounts of kingdom growth (in the organized church and in underground house churches) in other countries. In other ways, […]

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Changed by the Resurrection

Mary Magdalene was a devoted disciple of Jesus Christ. The Lord had cast seven demons from her (Luke 8:1-3), so you can imagine the gratitude she felt toward him. Luke describes how Mary and some other women traveled with Jesus and his apostles, “helping to support them out of their own means” (v. 3). Mark […]

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From the Publisher

Like many preachers, I have a process I go through before I step up to preach. Part of that process is a prayer I pray: “God, give me the faith of Abraham, the humility of Moses, the strength of Samson, the wisdom of Solomon, the spirit of Elijah, the heart of David, and the love […]

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Achieving Our Potential

“Be all you can be.” The U.S. Army introduced this popular recruitment slogan in 1980 and kept it in service for more than 20 years. It worked well for them, and why not? What ambitious, career-minded young adult doesn’t want to achieve his or her potential? It’s a good slogan for the church too. What […]

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Strong to the End

I grew up in a small town in the Midwest and there’s a lot I don’t know about farming. But I do know this. Farming is a partnership, a joint venture between the farmer and God.  The farmer works hard to prepare the soil and plant the seed. From that point on, though, he is […]