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Can You Feel the Incarnation?

By Christian Living

  “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” (2 Corinthians 8:9) I dont know about you but I cannot grasp that grace of the incarnation. Several years ago, I came across a story in National Geographic (June 2003) that has stayed with me. In it, I begin to feel the incarnation in a minuscule way. Perhaps it will affect you too. The following is my summary from the article. It is a story about people like…

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Completing the Work

By Christian Living

I believe that for those with unstructured weeks, managing our time is a unique challenge. How can we manage ourselves better? The following meditation was written for church leaders but it can certainly apply to the busy mom too! We will start with a short theological foundation by looking at a verse that shocks the senses of a Type-A personality. In John 17, we are able to peer into the intimate conversation between Father and Son before the torture of the cross. As we eavesdrop from the shadows, we hear these words from Jesus. I have brought you glory on earth…

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The First Priority for Discipleship

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The First Priority for Discipleship (an excerpt from The Disciple-Making Parent) When Paul looked back on Timothy’s upbringing, he started with Timothy’s most powerful influence—the examples in his life: But as for you, continue in what you have learned and become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it… (2 Timothy 3:14 NIV) Timothy, like all second-generation Christians, was influenced to follow the Lord by the living faith of the people in his life. His mother Eunice, grandmother Lois, and others had made a positive impact on Timothy. Even before the apostle Paul mentioned the influence of…

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Two Simple Images For Your Marriage

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Two Simple but Helpful Images for Your Marriage A solid marriage is essential to display the gospel to the watching world and to our children. Yet, it seems that it has never been harder. Many false ideas, images, expectations, and beliefs seduce both young and old. In our small group, I recently brought up two simple, classic images that picture vital concepts to building a strong and healthy marriage. These are not original to me and have been around for decades. But they are classic because they hold important truths. The Three-legged Race Though it seems to fallen out of favor,…

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Protection Not Secrecy

By Christian Living

Love always protects. 1 Cor 13:7 NIV Our small group of newly-marrieds recently had its first meeting. As we were talking about applying Christian principles to marriage, two young men remarked about the atmosphere in their workplace. Almost every male coworker, they said, regularly complained about his wife and his marriage. What had started with high hopes had turned sour and they wanted all their buddies at work to know. Christians can fall into this same behavior. Whether at work, to our friends, or just in our hearts, we can grumble about our wives. And while complaining certainly is a…

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Emotional Blackmail and Self-Absorption

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Recognizing Emotional Blackmail and the Self-Absorption of the Wounded to grant to those who mourn in Zion—    to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,the oil of gladness instead of mourning,    the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;that they may be called oaks of righteousness,    the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified. Isaiah 61:3 Woundedness, Blackmail, and Justice John Piper’s observation was the first I found that named and articulated a problem I had seen often. Whether in marriage, leadership teams, or other places where Christians come in conflict, something was off but I couldn’t describe it–until I read…

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Proverb’s Financial Secrets for Everyone

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The Bible tells us that there are many causes of poverty: injustice and disaster being two of them. This post is not to address those real issues that are out of the control of individuals. Nevertheless, Proverbs also makes clear that there are some actions that lead toward poverty and some that lead toward wealth. In general, to paint with a very broad brush, as men and women grow in godliness, they will also become better stewards of God’s money. God’s wisdom often leads to an increased standard of living. And yet, too many are ignorant of these things. I…

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Loving One Another 101

By Christian Living, Podcast

As Christians, we are commanded many times in the New Testament to love one another. But how does that play out in our daily lives? And how do we train our children in this? Jesus told us that all people will know we are his disciples if we love one another. In fact, that command is repeated 11 other times in the New Testament. But what does that love look like?  In today’s podcast I invite you to listen in on five different aspects or facets of this diamond. You may think of these things as simple But I am regularly surprised at how many…

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Repentance: God’s Loving Invitation to Refreshment

By Christian Living, Podcast

We may think of the word repent as an outdated term, associated with men who walked around downtown with sandwich boards proclaiming, “Repent for the end is at hand.” The term seems odd, patriarchal, narrow-minded, and restrictive I think what you will find in this short sermon is that it is a very relevant term. Relevant for your life, relevant for your growth and relevant for your family.  To repent is to have a change of mind that results in a change of direction.  It admits there is a standard that we are not meeting up too. And it is a…

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Greater Than Do

By Christian Living

  I am a person who likes to work. I love ministry. I don’t work for validation, I work because I truly enjoy it. Indeed, we find that hard work is commended by the Bible. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might. Eccl 9:10 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance. Col 3:23-24 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1…

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