What to do during a Quiet Time

The key distinctive of a study quiet time is the serious study of Scripture. If a half-hour is set aside for a quiet time, at least twenty minutes of it is Scripture study. An in-depth study of a passage using commentaries and a Bible dictionary is not unusual. The...

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How to resist temptation

We resist temptation the way Jesus did, through the word of the kingdom. As we follow Jesus, we see the gospel reclaim our identity, reorder our desires, and reframe our future. We need to recognize that we are living in a war zone, a cosmos being ripped from the...

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Seven minutes with God

Want a deeper walk with God? Give Him just seven minutes and see what happens! ½ Minute: Preparing Your Heart Invest the first 30 seconds preparing your heart. You might pray, “Lord, cleanse my heart so You can speak to me through the Scriptures. Make my mind alert,...

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The temptation of pride

I guess it’s hard enough to raise your children right without having to send them off to a Satanist every weekend. That was the dilemma a group of women had when they filed suit against the one thing they all had in common with each other—an ex-husband named Jamie....

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How important is Quiet Time?

No Spiritual Discipline is more important than the intake of God’s Word. Nothing can substitute for it. There simply is no healthy Christian life apart from a diet of the milk and meat of Scripture. The reasons for this are obvious. In the Bible God tells us about...

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The Demand for Protection

This demand for protection was a signal of unbelief. The people didn’t trust God, on the basis of his Word, to protect them and deliver them from their enemies. They wanted some visible manifestation, something that would prove that God was a Father after all. At...

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Solitude in an IPhone world

It’s hard to find solitude anywhere, these days. Oh, we have plenty of alone time, at least physically. Solitude, however? That’s a little tougher. Everywhere we go, we have our phones or our tablets or our laptops. Texts or Facebook or e-mail connects us to everyone...

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The pull of consumption

There’s nothing quite as bleak as a city street the morning after Mardi Gras. The steam of the morning humidity rises silently over asphalt, riddled with forgotten doubloons, broken bottles, littered cigarettes, used condoms, clotted blood, and mangled vomit. This...

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Why is it so difficult to love others?

In certain stores you will find a section of merchandise available at greatly reduced prices. The tip-off is a particular tag you will see on all the items in that area. Each tag carries the same words: as is. This is a euphemistic way of saying, “These are damaged...

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Slaughterhouse Drive

There was something rhythmic, almost soothing about the soft clatter of it all. The soothing repetition sounded kind of like a summer thunderstorm coming up from the coast or a rickety old midnight train off in the distance. I had no idea that what I was listening to...

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Five Ways to Grasp God’s Word

The "Word Hand" shows us the five methods of "getting a grip" on the Bible: Hearing the Word taught by pastors and Bible teachers. Reading the Bible to gain an overall picture of God’s Word. Studying the Scriptures to make personal discoveries of God’s truths....

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Tempted and Tried

At the core of the gospel message is Jesus, who was tempted and tried in every way we are but who was never anything but triumphant. He is a high priest who shares our nature, who can pray for us and with us. He is, as God announced right before his testing, the...

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It is not about making smarter sinners

Many churches evaluate spiritual maturity solely on the basis of how well you can identify Bible characters, interpret Bible passages, quote Bible verses, and explain biblical theology. The ability to debate doctrine is considered by some as the ultimate proof of...

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You Can Double Seminar

I have just uploaded the entire You Can Double Your Class Seminar on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZmR8vK7kkQBXn8NzuOkfTpZTq6dcz-xP

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Are most church goers disciples?

First, let’s consider the data. A 2012 Gallup poll illustrates about three out of four Americans (77 percent) still identify as Christian. And about 137 million Americans, or 44 percent of the population, say they are part of a specific Christian congregation,...

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Is Spiritual Growth automatic?

Spiritual growth is not automatic with the passing of time, either. The writer of Hebrews sadly noted, “. . . though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again” (Heb. 5:12). Millions of...

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C.S. Lewis’s conversion story

C. S. Lewis writes about this kind of experience in his spiritual autobiography, Surprised by Joy. Lewis had been wrestling with the claims of Christ, and as God pursued him, gradually he came to believe in Christianity more and more. Still, he had not yet fully...

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Believer or disciple?

I find it helpful to separate those who self-identify as Christian into three categories: cultural, congregational and convictional. About three-quarters of Americans identify as Christian, and for the sake of discussion, I’ll break them down into these three...

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You Can Memorize Scripture

Most people think they have a bad memory, but it’s not true. As we’ve already discovered, most of the time memorizing is mainly a problem of motivation. If you know your birthday, phone number, and address, and can remember the names of your friends, then you can...

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The Discipleship Course

We have just released a new seven-week study on the essentials of discipleship. It will it a great refresher course for all believers. Topics include: Convert or Disciple? What is the difference between a convert and a disciple? How can we move from believing to...

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The Secret to Success

HE’D BEEN A RESPECTED MINISTER for seventeen years. Week after week he reverently led worship services, preached relevant sermons, and administered the church ordinances. He’d performed dozens of weddings and funerals. Still, a nagging sense of uneasiness tugged at...

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God can redeem your past

HE WAS BORN INTO HUMBLE CIRCUMSTANCES defined by poverty and hardship. He was a frail and sickly child. As a youth, he longed to serve in the British Royal Navy. He loved the military but he ranked only forty-two out of fifty-eight in his class at the military...

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Don’t pray for motivation

The New Testament leaves no doubt that holiness is our responsibility. If we are to pursue holiness, we must take some decisive action. I once discussed a particular sin problem with a person who said, “I’ve been praying that God would motivate me to stop.” Motivate...

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Leaders must be faithful in small things

HIS ASPIRATIONS WERE TO BE A SOLDIER. Yet his early career was fraught with disappointment and failure. On his first military assignment he inadvertently ambushed a group of foreign soldiers which helped set off a seven-year war. During that conflict, this ambitious...

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Conviction of sin is not enough

It is possible to establish convictions regarding a life of holiness, and even make a definite commitment to that end, yet fail to achieve the goal. Life is strewn with broken resolutions. We may determine by God’s grace to stop a particular sinful habit—entertaining...

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Early life doesn’t predict future usefulness

HIS WAS A HARD LUCK CASE. Forced to abandon his military career in disgrace, he subsequently experienced seven years of abject failure in the numerous businesses he attempted. As a farmer, real estate investor, rent collector, entertainment promoter, and entrepreneur,...

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Whose responsibility is my holiness?

God has made provision for our holiness and He has also given us a responsibility for it. As we saw in chapters 5 and 7, God’s provision for us consists in delivering us from the reign of sin, uniting us with Christ, and giving us the indwelling Holy Spirit to reveal...

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Without holiness, no one will see the Lord

Just what do these words, “without holiness no one  will see the Lord” actually mean? Does our salvation in the final analysis depend to some degree on our attaining some level of personal holiness? On this question the Scripture is clear on two points. First, the...

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Why does God use some people and not others?

The compelling question is: Why does God use some people for His purposes and not others? Does God not want His kingdom to expand in every place and in every age? Does He not intend for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven? With so many people worldwide...

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What my grandbabies taught me about God’s protection

Parents do all kinds of things to protect their children, form car seats to covers on the electrical outfits. Not one time have my grandbabies ever thanked by kids. They don’t even know. In a similar way, the unseen hand of God protects us from all kinds of things we...

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Holiness is for everyone

God has called every Christian to a holy life. There are no exceptions to this call. It is not a call only to pastors, missionaries, and a few dedicated Sunday school teachers. Every Christian of every nation, whether rich or poor, learned or unlearned, influential or...

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Holiness made practical

The shrill ring of the telephone shattered the stillness of the beautiful, crisp Colorado morning. On the other end was one of those utterly impossible individuals God seems to have sprinkled around here on earth to test the grace and patience of His children. He was...

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Hindrances to church growth

I remember being in a conference listening to Bill Hybels. He recounted a question that he had been asked and was actually, at that time, asked quite often: “Are there any born leaders?” His response was, “Yes, they are all born.” His point was that leadership, while...

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If you want something, just ask

Prayer is not about wearing down a reluctant God. It is not about prying open the fingers of a greedy God. I loved giving to my kids and I love even more giving to my grandkids. My wife can hardly think of seeing our grandkids without a gift in hand. Love loves to...

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What is a spiritual discipline?

God uses three primary catalysts for changing us and conforming us to Christlikeness, but only one is largely under our control. One catalyst the Lord uses to change us is people. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17). Sometimes God...

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The Pursuit of Holiness

One of my all-time favorite books is Jerry Bridges's classic, The Pursuit of Holiness. I felt so privileged to meet Jerry about a year before he went to be with the Lord. Here is a excerpt that rocked my world and has shaped my life: The Apostle John said, “My dear...

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Barriers to church growth

From the moment that a church begins, barriers will surface that offer real obstacles to that church going to the next level. A number of books have been published and chapters written that address growth barriers: the 200 barrier, the 800 barrier, the 1000 barrier,...

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Christmas Service Order of Worship

For a PowerPoint of this service, click here. For an editable Word file, click here.  Videos are included where I could find good ones. Opening song: Chris Tomlin / Adore https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=br-Ql1zVcUc #1 Opening reading: The people walking in darkness...

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What my grandbabies taught me about worry

Imagine your 4-year old comes to you crying inconsolably: “Daddy! I just don’t know how we are ever going to pay all these bills!” I don’t know if I would want to laugh or cry. I would want to do everything in my power to assure my little darling that those bills were...

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How God changes us

God uses three primary catalysts for changing us and conforming us to Christlikeness, but only one is largely under our control. One catalyst the Lord uses to change us is people. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17). Sometimes God...

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Does your church want to grow?

In my opinion, this reason provides the most significant and pertinent issue churches face today. While all of the remaining assessments play major roles in church decline, this reason, expressed in two dynamics, offers the most difficult problem to solve and the most...

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Why can’t we all just get along?

By far and away the greatest frustration I had as a parent was sibling rivalry. I remember hearing parents of an only child complaining about the stress of parenting. I would shake my head and wonder what in the world they had to stress about. If you took sibling...

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