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  • Like Stars in the Sky

    Scripture Study Monday, October 19, 2015

    A study focused on how unchurched Americans viewed Christianity. Of those surveyed, 71% believe that Jesus makes a positive difference in a person's life, and 78% said they would be willing to listen to someone share what they believed about Christianity. But 72% said they believed the church is “full of hypocrites.” So...Jesus is viewed positively in American culture. Christians, not so much.SEE MORE

  • He Has Hidden His Face

    Scripture Study Wednesday, October 14, 2015

    The world at large is separated from God. It does seem confusing, when you realize how many religious people there are in the world, but how bad things are out there. Things are pretty bad. Sex trafficking is on the rise; internet pornography is becoming a global phenomenon. In the church, we think that as long as we are not unfaithful to our spouse or actively harming others, we are in a good spot with God.SEE MORE

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    My dad left to be with the Lord yesterday. He was ninety-two and had prostate cancer, but in the end he didn't suffer and passed away in his sleep. As I prepare for his memorial service, I think about many things that he taught me. He is one of those people who didn't just talk about integrity, he lived it out. One of the things he modeled was honesty. He always told the truth, whether...SEE MORE

  • We Have Done Wrong

    Scripture Study Thursday, September 24, 2015

    It can be hard to accept responsibility for your failure. I've made some pretty big mistakes, and it's a lot easier to blame someone else than to accept that I am responsible for many of the difficulties I have experienced.  Part of the reason that we project our mistakes on other people is because we have enough pain already, just dealing with consequences. Another reason is that we...SEE MORE

  • I Choose to Identify

    Scripture Study Tuesday, September 15, 2015

    We all know Moses. He's about 6'3", sandy brown hair. Square jaw that looks like it was chiseled out of granite, piercing blue eyes. Come to think of it, unusually blue eyes, for a Jewish guy born in the Middle East. We all know him, we've seen him many times over the years. Because I can picture how he looks (accurately or not), it helps me to think about him as an example of a hero. He is a hero, Moses.SEE MORE

  • Not As the World Gives

    Scripture Study Friday, September 11, 2015

    I have a friend who lost her daughter in a car accident. One question that I've asked myself many times since then is how she got through that. What I mean by that, though, is how she got through it when I am not sure I could have. Not the way she did, and not at that time in my life. She had a focus on the Lord—an amazing reliance on him, and trust in his goodness. I didn't see the...SEE MORE

  • The Takeaway

    Scripture Study Wednesday, September 9, 2015

    When I am preparing to teach, I consider two things—what the text says, and who my audience is. It's all about the takeaway. By that I mean, what the Lord wants them to think about and act upon after I am done teaching. I can usually summarize it in one sentence. If they leave thinking it was a good talk but don't have a clear idea what the Lord is saying to them, then I have not done...SEE MORE

  • A Rest Remains

    Christianity and Culture Tuesday, September 8, 2015

    Imagine if you could have fun all day, from morning until evening. Not just contentment, but actual fun. Imagine if that fun didn't make any physical demands on you, aside from the attention it required. You don't even have to leave your bedroom. I'm not talking about television, but we may have found ourselves whiling away hour after hour when we unexpectedly fall in love with a show that...SEE MORE

  • The Ways of Anger

    Scripture Study Monday, September 7, 2015

    I was just visiting with a young girl whose parents told me is experiencing outbursts of anger. I knew her when she was younger, and I know she is a sweet and gentle person. The anger problem was something new. After getting caught up with her, I found out that she was spending a lot of time with someone who was frequently angry, and on occasion extremely angry. Some of that anger—at...SEE MORE

  • The Real Question

    Scripture Study Saturday, September 5, 2015

    Few situations feel worse than being wronged by someone. It is the nature of all relationships—they have the power to heal and also to harm. Sometimes the people you love the most end up being the ones who hurt you. Sometimes it is the callous disregard of a stranger. We have no choice but to trust people, and that can result in harm to us. It's part of life. I've been there a few times.SEE MORE

  • Something Has Changed

    Scripture Study Friday, September 4, 2015

    I am writing to you because I am not the person I used to be. Something happened, in the core of who I am. I have experienced the transforming work of the Holy Spirit. The person I am is so different from the person I would otherwise be, I wouldn't know that person if I were to meet him. You can't explain this by calling it “religion.” I am not a follower of social conventions...SEE MORE

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    Sometimes God brings wealth into our lives. We often speak about this as one of his blessings, and I've met Christians with significant financial resources who humbly describe themselves as being blessed. All wealth isn't necessarily from God, but God does bless people with material riches (see Job 42:12). When I was growing up, there was a point when my dad hadn't been paid in a long...SEE MORE

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