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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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The state of our Union: Taking a stand on our knees

Voter registration is ending this week. Early voting for the November election in the United States begins in a few days. Election Day is Tuesday, November 3. On that day we will elect our next president and a whole host of other governmental leaders nationally, regionally and locally. The intense “state of our union” indicates […]

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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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Civility

“Civility” is one of those words you intuitively understand as an adult and hopefully practice as the natural outworking of your faith in Christ in relating to others. Its synonyms are graciousness, respect, courtesy. Its opposite is rudeness. It means “formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech.”  The Apostle Paul described what I’m talking […]

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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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Sexuality: The public nature of our private lives

I live in Texas. Texans are known for putting a unique spin on anything. I once heard about a cowboy who was asked his opinion of differing views of sexuality. His response was simple, “I don’t care what people do sexually as long as they don’t do it in the street and scare the horses.” […]

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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. […]