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Attitude of gratitude: The key to the presence and power of God

Thanksgiving 2020 may look different from our traditional ones. With the pandemic surging again and putting limits on travel and large gatherings, more simple celebrations are anticipated. The most recent guidelines from the CDC as of this writing recommends immediate family only: “The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people […]

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State of Our Union: Pledging allegiance on our knees

As we approach the presidential election, we have been seeking guidance from God’s Word as we pray for our nation and its people. This month we are discussing the need to take a stand on our knees as dual citizens of our nation and God’s kingdom as we make intercession for our nation and its […]

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State of our Union: Marching on our knees

A couple of weeks ago Mark Turman excellently addressed our dual citizenship as Christians and the importance of taking a stand on our knees. This week let’s elaborate more on the importance of prayer as we face the upcoming election. How do we live for eternity and the present, representing our Lord as his ambassador […]

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Loving God and people in an uncivil world

We have been learning from the early church how we can model civility and make an impact in our chaotic world. We’ve witnessed the passion and the power of the early Christians, which came from the Holy Spirit. We saw their devotion to Scripture, community, worship, and prayer. Now we will look at how their […]

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Called to Civility: Four keys to living Acts in today’s world

Civility, or the lack thereof, is a topic often addressed in our modern culture. It is not new, nor is the lack of it. The early Christians also faced opposition. They also faced rabble-rousers and mobs when their growing influence created fear in the Jewish leaders: “But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of […]

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Lessons from a drill: Power for Spirit-filled living in today’s world

The first house Janet and I purchased years ago in Arlington, Texas needed much work. So my granddad came to help. He became a carpenter after losing his farm in the Depression, then worked until he died at age 99. He built a tool shed, sheet-rocked the garage, redid the kitchen, and transformed our house. […]

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Writing Acts 29 with renewed passion

During the month of September, we are looking at the issue of civility, or more directly, how to live out our Christian faith in an uncivil world. Over the next four weeks, I will be looking at the early Christian movement, the apostolic church, as recorded by Luke in the book of Acts. Today we’ll […]

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Defeating temptation before it becomes sin

We live in a culture that is permeated with sexual messaging. We are immersed in sexual temptation through TV shows, movies, advertisements, and online pornography.  So much of it is laced with underlying messages about “freedom” and “be yourself.” But, nothing could be further from truth. Sin enslaves and takes captive those who succumb.     […]

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What does the Bible say about religious liberty? Discussion Guide

A discussion guide on religious liberty The following discussion guide may be used in a small group setting or for your personal time of devotion. We hope it helps you both better understand the topic and how God might want to use you, in your specific context, to be “salt and light” on this issue. […]

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What’s Wrong With Same-Sex Marriage?

Same-sex marriage may be the most divisive issue in America today. The church cannot be silent on this political and cultural movement. While public opinion is clearly moving away from biblical marriage, God is neither surprised nor defeated. His truth still sets us free (John 8:32). And reality does not change when we redefine it. […]