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Desire some growth? Engage with the Bible. Meditate on it. Think and rethink about God’s Word. Let it be your guide. Make it the ultimate authority in your life! The key to spiritual growth is not increased church attendance or involvement in spiritual activities. People don’t grow in Christ because they’re busy at church. They grow in Christ when they read and trust their Bibles. The Bible says “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy … Listen Now

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When troubles come our way, we can be stressed and upset, or we can trust God. Scripture says to set your minds and keep them set on what is above…the higher things (Colossians 3:2).  When giants are in the land, when doubts swarm your mind, turn your thoughts to God. Your best thoughts are God-thoughts. He is above all this mess! Scripture declares of God, He is “the most High over all the earth” (Psalm 83:18). Later on the same psalmist asks, “Who among the sons of the mighty is like the LORD?” It’s a good question! Pain does not plague God. The economy … Listen Now

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Most of us struggle with prayer. We forget to pray. And when we do, our minds drift; our thoughts scatter like a covey of quail. Why is this? Prayer requires minimal effort. No location is prescribed. No particular clothing is required. Yet you’d think we were wrestling a greased pig. Speaking of pigs, Satan seeks to interrupt our prayers. Our battle with prayer isn’t entirely our fault. The Devil knows the stories; he knows what happens when we pray. He knows the Scripture, “Our weapons have power from God that can destroy the enemy’s strong places” (2 Corinthians 10:4).  Satan is not troubled when Max writes a … Listen Now

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The psalmist prays: “Why are you cast down, O my soul?   And why are you disquieted within me?” The writer of Psalm 42 was sad and discouraged. The struggles of life threatened to pull him under. But at just the right moment, he made this decision. “Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him…I will remember You from the land of Jordan, and from the heights of Hermon…” There is resolve in those words. “I shall yet praise you…and I will remember You.” The writer made a deliberate decision to treat his downcast soul with thoughts of God. There’s nothing easy about this. Finding God amid … Listen Now

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Consider the Samaritan woman. By the time Jesus met her, she was on a first-century version of a downward spiral. Five ex-husbands and decades of loose living had left her tattooed and tabooed. Gossipers wagged their tongues about her. How else can you explain her midday appearance at the water well? Other women filled their buckets at sunrise, but this woman preferred the heat of the sun over the heat of their scorn. Were it not for the appearance of a stranger, her story would have been lost in the Samaritan sands. He entered her life with a promise of endless water and quenched … Listen Now

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You may find this hard to believe, but not everyone likes the preacher. There are times when I misstep or misspeak and incur the displeasure of a parishioner. In the early years of my ministry, when I got wind of someone’s unhappiness, I just dismissed the problem. If he doesn’t bring it to me, then I have no hand in the matter, I thought. But then I read Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:23-24: “If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go your way. First … Listen Now

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How can you know what you should do with your life? What’s your destiny? Your skill set—your ability—is your road map. It leads you to your destiny. Take note of your strengths. They are bread crumbs that will lead you to where God wants you to be, to the job and to the ministry he wants you to do. Remember, God loves you too much to give you a job and not the skills to do it. What you do for a living should conform to your design. One study stated that only 13 percent of all workers find their work truly meaningful. Imagine the impact this … Listen Now

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There are so many things we don’t know. We don’t know if the economy will dip or if our team will win. We don’t know what our spouse is thinking or how our kids will turn out. The apostle Paul reminds us we don’t even know what we ought to pray for. But according to Romans 8:28, we can be absolutely certain about four things. We know: God works. He is busy behind the scenes, above the fray. God works for the good. Not for our comfort or pleasure, but for the ultimate good of his children. God works for the good … Listen Now

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Scripture says, “Put on the full armor of God, that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:11). Your battle—your real battle—is with your archenemy, the Devil. He has held this stronghold in your life for years. You’ve tried everything to overcome it— discipline; self-help books; pop-culture gurus; but nothing helps. But now you come in God’s power with God at center stage and Jesus in your heart. You come not with hope of a possible victory, but with assurance of complete victory. You sing songs of redemption and declare scriptures of triumph. “He is not here; for He is risen” (Matthew 28:6). … Listen Now

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Several years ago, three questions rocked my world. 1) Had you been a German Christian during World War II, would you have taken a stand against Hitler? 2) Had you lived in the South during the civil rights conflict, would you have taken a stand against racism? 3) When your grandchildren discover you lived during a day in which billions of people were poor and hungry, how will they judge your response? I didn’t mind the first two questions. Those days are gone and those choices were not mine. But the third question has kept me awake at night. What if we rocked our world with hope? … Listen Now