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3 Reasons God Won’t Control Who You Marry

3 Reasons God Won’t Control Who You Marry

Does God pick your spouse? God gives you freedom to choose if you marry or if you remain single. And if you want to get married, God is not going to control that decision.
Have You Ever Been Cut to the Heart?

Have You Ever Been Cut to the Heart?

You are cut to the heart when you realize that it was your sin that put Jesus on the cross—when you see Jesus looking at you. It was your refusal to submit to God’s authority, your rebellious attitude to your parents, and your insistence on always doing things your way for which Jesus died.
The Priesthood of All Believers in the Face of Racism

The Priesthood of All Believers in the Face of Racism

Muddled though my thoughts and emotions are, one idea has surfaced again and again this week: the priesthood of all believers. Might there be something in this precious doctrine relevant to the church in this moment?
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An Emotional Healing Process Everyone Should Know

Everyone deals with painful emotions from time to time. You might struggle with anger, envy, fear, or guilt. Regardless, it’s possible to engage an emotional healing process on your journey toward wholeness.
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Should We Sell Everything and Give to the Poor?

The acts to sell everything and give away money were commanded to give way to following Jesus. Going for broke was not the goal. Discipleship is.
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Why I’m Wearing a Mask to Church Next Sunday

People have posted passionate rantings on Facebook about their right not to wear a mask. Others have taken a different position and plan to wear a mask. I’m in that latter group. When the church reopens next Sunday, you’ll find me wearing a mask.
Ten Things Every Racial Bridge-Builder Should Know

Ten Things Every Racial Bridge-Builder Should Know

It’s easy to say that we want diversity in our homes, our neighborhoods and our MOPS groups, but it’s another thing to intentionally do it. We want to share some practical tips to help move you from just wanting it to actually practicing being a racial bridge-builder.
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A Minister’s Experience at the Ferguson Protests in 2014

While meeting with another group of young activists called Ferguson Action, Dr. McNeil and her peers were challenged to not only discuss an appropriate response to the situation, but to take action as well. Ferguson Action wanted the ministers to participate in a protest with them.
God's Perfect Justice

The Call for God’s Perfect Justice … A Compassionate, Counter-Cultural, Christian Response

To call for justice, if it is biblical, is to call for God’s perfect justice against every form of evil, public or private, societal or personal, popular or unpopular. 
12 Habits That Lead to Divorce...and How to Avoid Them!

12 Habits That Lead to Divorce…and How to Avoid Them!

No one intends to develop these habits that lead to divorce. In fact, every married couple has exchanged vows which promise “til death do us part,” but for far too many marriages, their dreams of “forever” are crushed by divorce.

The Opportunity We Face Right Now

I’m also concerned that we can become an echo of culture, advocating for our political preferences, our convictions, and our rights, rather than seizing the opportunity that we have as followers of Christ.
not our home

This Is Not Our Home

This is not our home. As believers, we are called by God to train our minds and hearts to firmly latch onto the biblical teaching that we are passing through this world as pilgrims and strangers. We can never allow ourselves to become comfortable here.
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Activism 101: How Churches Can Respond to the Death of George Floyd

I define Christian activism as “Forms of public engagement that seek to connect, inspire, and mobilize congregations (and Christians) to proclaim and embody the gospel and reflect the values of the triune God’s new creation.” The purpose of activism is “[T]o be a witness.
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Five Prayers for a Marriage Under Pressure

For many of us, our relationships with those inside of our homes, primarily with our spouses, have been tested, challenged, and pressed unlike ever before. We have experienced marriage under pressure.
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Two Religions That Claim to Be Christian

Some religions are "pseudo Christian," meaning they change biblical truths about Christ and God. For example, Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses claim to be Christian, but there are some problems with their core beliefs.
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Hypocrisy Is Christianity’s Greatest Scandal: Also Its Greatest Validation?

While it is fair to call out Christians for hypocrisy, the hypocrisy in no way negates Christianity, but rather establishes it.
Outreach Idea: Job Hunting Classes

Outreach Idea: Job Hunting Classes

So maybe it’s time to consider creating an outreach specifically designed to help your church members with job hunting. Help them re-start their career, and get back on track financially.

Race, Riots and the Bible

What has happened in our country has gone far beyond protesting. There is anarchy and riots in the streets. How can we think Biblically about protests, riots, and looting?
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One of the Largest Churches in the World Doesn’t Worry About Church Growth Programs,...

After many successful years traveling throughout India as a very effective evangelist, in 2005 Satish felt God leading him to start Calvary Temple church, and the growth has been absolutely phenomenal...even without a focus on church growth programs.
Psalm 120

Psalm 120 … Dwelling Among Those Who Hate Peace

If you want to make the journey to God, you need to at first be thoroughly dissatisfied with the way the world is. In Psalm 120, the psalmist has noted that he is the wrong place, so now he needs to get to the right place.
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