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The Benefits of Manure

Several weeks ago I was feeling even more arrogant than usual. I had just published two new books – not as a ghostwriter this time, but under my own name. In a four-week period, I had also preached 10 times, more opportunities than I’ve had in any other month in recent years. In addition, I’ve been thrilled about several young Christian leaders God has given me to mentor.

Feeling rather proud of myself, I thought it might be a good time to fish for a compliment from the…

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Added by Jim Buchan on November 17, 2018 at 8:20am — 1 Comment

The Faith-Life Connection

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on November 12, 2018 at 3:03pm — No Comments

Gates to Understanding

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on November 5, 2018 at 11:09am — No Comments

Ron's New Dating Checklist

Recently several people asked why it’s been so long since I’ve written a blog about the dating life of my good friend Ron. That’s a good question, especially since my blogs about Ron usually get a far bigger response than when I try to write about profound, deeply spiritual topics.

Like most bloggers, I want to be taken seriously. My goal is to change lives, not just entertain. So it’s a bit irritating when everyone just wants to hear about Ron and his ineptitude in finding a…

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Added by Jim Buchan on November 3, 2018 at 10:25pm — No Comments

A Miracle -- 25 Years in the Making

How long does it take for God to do a miracle? In some ways, that’s a trick question. He made the entire universe in just six days, so He certainly has no trouble doing things quickly. The Bible also describes many of the Lord’s supernatural interventions as happening “suddenly,” and Jesus typically healed people’s long-standing medical conditions “immediately.”

However, while it’s good to know that God can give us instantaneous, sudden, supernatural breakthroughs, that’s not always…

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Added by Jim Buchan on November 2, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

What Matters Most to God in a Disciple (Part 10)

“Love . . . does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail” (1 Corinthians 13:6 AMPC).

Throughout this series on 1 Corinthians 13, we see clearly that what matters most to God in a disciple is that person’s agape love.  

Verse six identifies another way in which that love shows. A disciple can be trusted to do what is right and say what is true. That is, this person has trustworthy integrity.…

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Added by Skip Garmo on November 1, 2018 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Prayer that Changes the World

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on October 29, 2018 at 4:12pm — No Comments

What I Learned from John Rankin

Lately I’ve found myself thinking about John Rankin, a guy who was in the Christian fellowship group with me at Denison University over 40 years ago. John wasn’t one of my best friends—far from it. In fact, he was one of those people who constantly got under my skin and pushed my buttons.

Have you had people like that in your life?

John was a freshman, and I was a senior. I was the main leader of the group, and he was a newbie. Under those circumstances, you would…

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Added by Jim Buchan on October 24, 2018 at 10:24pm — No Comments

Applying Wisdom to Grief

Since grief is such a big subject, there isn’t a single definition that covers it. A commonly used definition is “Grief is the normal and natural emotional reaction to loss or change of any kind.” Let me illustrate. Last week I attended a conference that involved several hundred cross-cultural missionaries, some of whom were former Seminary students of mine. I received two invitations to teach a short-term class on prayer (my favorite subject to teach) in two different countries, far removed…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on October 20, 2018 at 7:59am — No Comments

Defining Purpose: SUBMIT to God’s direction

The Spirit Speaks

A few thoughts from Chuck Proudfit with the Marketplace Minute™ . . .

 

It’s the Holy Spirit that often knocks on our hearts and heads, helping us to understand God’s will for our lives, inside and outside of work.

 

What an underutilized resource is the Holy Spirit!  We Christians are often more influenced by the call of our culture than the call of our God.

 

First Corinthians 2:12 reminds us that .…

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Added by Chuck Proudfit on October 15, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

At a Standstill?

The work on the Temple of God in Jerusalem had stopped, and it remained at a standstill

until the second year of the reign of King Darius of Persia.…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on October 8, 2018 at 8:45am — No Comments

Honorable Mention

Here is the list of the Jewish exiles of the provinces who returned from their captivity to Jerusalem and other towns of Judah.

They had been deported to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar.

EZRA 2:1 NLT



The temptation…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on October 3, 2018 at 10:02am — No Comments

What Matters Most to God in a Disciple (Part 9)

“Love . . . keeps no record of when it has been wronged” (1 Corinthians 13:5c NLT).

Love . . . forgives. Graciously.

As we continue meditating on what matters most to God in a disciple, let’s ponder the scope and path of forgiveness that we began previously.

God’s Word is clear about His countercultural desire for…

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Added by Skip Garmo on September 30, 2018 at 8:23pm — No Comments

How to Care for Orphans and Widows

How are we to "Be a doer - care for orphans and widows"? Take our free Online Course "Rehabilitation of Children with Disabilities" - deadline to enroll: this Saturday, 29 Sep.! LEARN MORE:…

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Added by Robert D Hosken on September 25, 2018 at 8:39pm — No Comments

Rediscovering the Greatest Boook

 

As Hilkiah the high priest was recording the money collected at the Lord’s Temple

he found the Book of the Law of the Lord as it had been given through Moses.…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on September 25, 2018 at 3:52pm — No Comments

Questions God Asks

 

“The evil spirit often makes him fall into the fire or into water, trying to kill him. 

Have mercy on us and help us. Do something if you can.”…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on September 20, 2018 at 9:43am — No Comments

Effort Has Purpose

A few thoughts from Chuck Proudfit with the Marketplace Minute™ . . .

I’ve had times at work when it seemed like I was using my talents for nothing.  I’d put out my best effort, but few results seemed to come back.  It was discouraging, and I’d wonder if something was out of sorts with me.

 

How comforting it was to read this scripture from the famous prophet Isaiah, Isaiah 49:4, when he struggled with it, saying . . . “I have labored to no purpose; I…

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Added by Chuck Proudfit on September 15, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

God's Immeasurable Love

May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love.

May you have the power to understand as all God’s people should,

how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is.

EPHESIANS…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on September 5, 2018 at 9:55am — No Comments

Second Mile Friends

What does a real friend do? I now have a new answer to that question. It was a sickening feeling to arrive at my hotel and begin unpacking my luggage only to miss seeing the small zip-lock bag containing my prescription medication. A call home revealed that the bag was indeed ready for the trip but was sitting on the counter in my home bathroom. It never made it to the luggage, thus was not available when I unpacked in another city, in another…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on September 3, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

What Matters Most to God in a Disciple (Part 8)

“Love . . . keeps no record of when it has been wronged” (1 Corinthians 13:5c NLT).

Love . . . forgives.

“What,” you may ask, “does ‘forgive’ mean?”…

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Added by Skip Garmo on September 1, 2018 at 11:43am — No Comments

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