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Christlike Emotions During Relational Turmoil

    One of the most difficult things you will have to go through is relational conflict.  And one of the reasons it is so difficult is because it is so continual.  As long as you are around people, you will be around conflict.  So what do we do about this?  Most do what comes natural, and it is either retreat or attack.  Clearly, turnin...

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When Does Servanthood Become Sin-enablement?

    Servanthood is one of the marks of Christlikeness.  Mark 10:45 says “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…”  Servanthood is doing what other people truly need done because they can’t do it, either because of lack of ability or opportunity.  The believer’s heart is inclined toward this....

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Guilting People Will Always Backfire

  Many features of God’s creation showcase His intentional design. The Woodpecker has a special tongue that wraps around his skull providing a cushion for what would otherwise be a concussion-causing job. The Aye-Aye has incredibly long thin fingers for finding and pulling out grubs through small holes in trees. The Crabeater Seal doesn’t actually eat cra...

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An Undervalued Quality of Godly Womanhood

  The PBS television show Antique Roadshow is blazing into a new season with no signs of slowing down. This 13-time Emmy Award nominated show has captured the hearts of people around the globe who love the surprise of the average person finding a treasure. The basic format of the show is simply a string of 5 minute segments filmed at an antique-appraisal event. Peopl...

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Husbands, Submit To Your Wives

  How is that for a provocative title? I may have just lost all my conservative readers, who recognize the role of male headship in the home, as well as any liberal readers who reject the idea of roles in any form whatsoever. So, if I have anyone who is still reading, let me take you to Scripture to show you that this is far more than a provocative title, it is the t...

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So You Think You’re Something

  Self-esteem prattle is for cowards. What we all need is to be esteemed rightly. Paul says in Romans 12:3 that everyone should “not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment…” So the goal is not high esteem but right esteem. We need to judge ourselves by the right standard for the right purpo...

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What to do with a Chevy owner: Conviction and Secondary Doctrines

  I like a sleek sports car and a power torqueing truck as much as the next guy, but I assure you I am not a gearhead or a car enthusiast by any stretch of the imagination. I could have been pretty easily, though. My grandfather worked for a Ford dealership and mechanic shop all his life. For whatever reason, those mechanical genes didn’t get passed on to me. S...

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Busyness is Moral Laziness

  We have all said it, and we have probably meant it when it came out of our mouth. “I don’t have enough time” is a repeated refrain for many. I was once again challenged about this mindset after hearing a podcast in which a seminary professor named Bruce Hindmarsh made the following statement: “Busyness is moral laziness [because it is often...

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A Surprising Mark of Godly Love

  Are you a loving person? Your answer can help you determine your level of spiritual maturity. Christians are to be known by our love (John 13:35), and only those who love abide in the light (1 John 2:10). The attributes of biblical love listed in 1 Corinthians 13 are helpful. However, love is like an ocean with various currents constantly moving the waters. Some cu...

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A Key For Knowing What to Say

  In the realm of difficult questions, we often hear, “What do I say to this person?” If you are not asking that question every now and then, it probably means one of two things. Either you are avoiding certain people so that you don’t have to say anything; or you are talking without thinking. If the latter is the case, you probably have shoe leathe...

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Questionable Charity and Immediate Needs

  Almost 10 years in church ministry has allowed me to see most of what happens on a daily basis. One of the normal occurrences of church life is that people come by or call with requests for immediate help. These are never fun. What makes these so problematic is the immediacy of the request, which is the norm. They need gas, right now. They have a bill that must be ...

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After the Barbeque

  People. Oh, the complexities that come with people. There are so many personalities, so many backgrounds, so many ways we sin against one another. Challenges and perils aside, God calls us to love people and pour out our lives for them. So let’s say you want to do better at loving people. You know this is the second greatest commandment, so it isn’t ef...

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Treating Others As Royalty

  Sometimes it is not a book or a chapter or a paragraph that really nails you, it is the single sentence. A solitary quote can do you more good than a whole section. I encountered one of those the other day. It has been resonating in my mind. Usually, it is there convicting me of how poorly I measure up. But at the same time, I see the hope that it holds out. This i...

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God’s Anger Management Tool

  Anger is a difficult thing. The reason it is difficult is because there are two things that are clear from scripture about it. First, anger is not necessarily a sin. Second, most anger is sin. To illustrate the first point, we read of God’s anger in the Old Testament, we see Jesus’ anger in the temple, and we are instructed in Ephesians 4:26 that we can...

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Weird Taste Or Filtered Pure? Dealing With A Relationship Turned Weird

  If you and your friends dog piled me, threw me in the trunk of your car, drove me away to a small town and locked me in a small room, but were kind enough to give me a cup of water, I might just know where you took me. If, perchance, you had taken me to the little town where my grandmother lives, I would know it by the cup of water. It will have “that taste.&...

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