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Yes! Free stuff! Who doesn't like that? And when the free stuff helps you in your faith walk -- even better! Now, I'm not talking about those free wristbands everyone has these days or even free air fresheners for your car so you can remember a cool conference for a week or two. I'm talking about faith-building resources valued at $284 -- and I want to give them to you for FREE! See the entire list of FREE stuff with a click here.Here's why:  I think it will help your faith grow … [Read more...]

Singing in Church with Elvis, Aerosmith, and Bonhoeffer

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I once actually stood in church and sang the words, "Blah, Blah, Blah." And no one could tell the difference. No one could hear anything anyways because the music was so loud.  Just being authentic here, but with the lyrics as simplistic as they were, I couldn't even tell the difference.I have to wonder if God noticed.As some of you know from my post Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church, I struggle to reconcile much of what passes for modern worship music with biblical passages … [Read more...]

Is Your Story Stealing God’s Glory?

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Sometimes it's not the mind-blowing miracles of Jesus that give us pause, awesome though they may be. Sometimes it's what Jesus said while performing the mighty work that leaves us even more stunned. Just before raising her brother, Lazarus, from the dead, Jesus reminded Martha, “If you believe, you will see God’s glory” (John 11:40). Implied in his statement is that the opposite is equally true: if you don’t believe, you will not see God’s glory.When we fail to believe, it’s not just that w … [Read more...]

What to Do When Church Leaders Sin

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Pastors are perfect people, right? Church leaders don't sin do they?Some of you laughed when you read that. Especially you pastors and church leaders who know all too well how human you are.But others of you immediately thought of painful situations caused by a church leader's sin. You remembered the destruction caused by it and -- what makes it worse -- the frustration you felt when no one seemed willing to do anything about it.A recent comment by a reader identified as Dan Graves … [Read more...]

What Makes Your Story Worth Telling

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Do you want your life to matter?  I do. I suspect you do too.But it won’t happen by accident. Living a story worth telling, one that gets talked about not only in this temporary life but the lasting life to come, requires intentional effort.And it’s not easy. Nothing worth doing ever is. But comfort can never achieve what courage dares to try. [Tweet this!]We say we want adventure, but we run from risk. We say we want a faith that moves mountains, but we cower inside our chur … [Read more...]

How to Know What God Wants You to Do Next

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Do you know what God wants you to do next? Do you want to?Are you trying to discover God’s will for your life yet fearing you may just make a mess of everything?Join the club.I chatted with a bright college-aged young man recently about life direction and what God may have in mind for his life. Our talk reminded me of the critical decisions that each of us must make at that stage of life, decisions that will go a long way in determining how our life story gets written.It also … [Read more...]

ISIS and Left-Behind Christians: A BIG Difference

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I'm not sure what to call them really.It used to be that I could use words like dispensational or pre-millennial and Christians would know what I meant. I'm not so sure of that anymore. We've grown averse to using multi-syllabic words in church these days and, it seems to me, are the worse for it. [See my post Why I Left Your Seeker-Friendly Church]I was raised in a church environment that embraced much of the apocalyptic view of the future we find in the The Left Behind … [Read more...]

For the 21 Christians Murdered by ISIS : A Moving Tribute [Video]

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My friend Dr. Brian Mattson of Dead Reckoning TV along with Jay Friesen has delivered one of the most moving tributes to the Jewish and Christian victims of ISIS entitled "We Will Not Be Lost:"  We are deeply disturbed by our political leadership's inability to name this enemy, but we are even more disturbed by its inability to name its victims. The Jewish dead in Paris were called by our President "a bunch of folks in a deli." The twenty-one Christian martyrs were called by our President " … [Read more...]


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