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Foster Children Need the Church

One of the bravest women I know is the woman who gave birth to my son. She was young, it was her first child, her life was unstable, and she hadn't made all the best decisions up to that point. In fact, some of her decisions would have lasting consequences for her Keep Reading...

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Why Oxford Dictionary's 2016 Word of the Year Matters

At the end of the day on November 8, 2016, India's leading bankers were called to an 8 p.m. meeting by the prime minister. Totally unprepared for what was coming, they watched as an announcement was made to the nation on live television that all 500 and 1,000 rupee notes would be rendered Keep Reading...

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The Precious Blood of Christ

"but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot." (1 Peter 1:19) Here in 1 Peter 1:19 we are told that the blood of Christ is precious. I trust that it is one of the better things that I can draw your attention to. The word translated here as "precious" means just that, precious or valuable. It is used of gems in 1 Cor. 3.12 and of frui...

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5 Christian Clich├ęs That Need to Die

Sometimes, in our desire to simplify truth, we can trivialize and even obscure it. And to obscure the truth is to tell a lie. "Books don't change people," observes John Piper. "Paragraphs do. Sometimes even sentences."A good sentence is a gift. We love finding complex truth shrink-wrapped in clear, simple, memorable form. It's why Charles Spurgeon, C. S. Lewis, and Tim Ke...

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Some Questions About Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I like the occasion of unhurried time with family, friends, and food. This late autumn feast is another reminder of the many good gifts of God. But I also like the name of the holiday. Thanksgiving. What an old but wonderfully curious word. Thanksgiving just sits there ripe for all sorts of questions. What are we giving Keep R...

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A Prayer on Election Day

Father of lights, we thank you for every good and perfect gift. We praise you as the one with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change (James 1:17). As we come to this Election Day, we ask for wisdom, knowing that you love to give generously to all without reproach (James 1:8).Keep Reading...

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Reformation Day Reflections for Today's Church

As the calendar flips to November, Protestants remember how the flames of Reformation were sparked by Martin Luther in 1517. With mallet in hand, the monk hit a nerve in Wittenberg and, along with a number of faithful friends, continued to press upon it for decades thereafter. I enjoy reading and studying the history of the Reformation. Such reading is rich . . .Keep Read...

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Ben Zobrist: Major League Believer

In two of the last three Chicago Cubs games, Ben Zobrist has hit a late double to spark a rally. The firstagainst the San Francisco Giants in the ninth inninghelped the Cubs win the National League Division Series. The secondagainst the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighthled off an inning that would end with a game-clinching grand slam and a 10 lead in the National League ...

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Sunday Soccer and Small Christianity

Reading the New Testament, I see that Christianity is many things. But one thing it isn't: a weekend option between soccer practices. I am not against soccer practices or weekend pastimes. But I do believe that real Christianity is a compelling power so great it gets us beyond such small calculations. The early Christians were caught up into something from beyond this w...

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Why Every Parent Should Embrace Their Inability

Recognize Powerlessness If you are going to be what God has designed you to be as a parent and do what he's called you to do, you must confess one essential thing. This confession has the power to change much about the way you act and react toward your children.It is vital that you believe and admit that you have no power whatsoever to change your child. Read more....

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