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“For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again…” Proverbs 24:16   We all experience failure. The question is whether we'll get up when we fall—and how? Some believers fail spiritually and never recover. They surrender to the sin in their lives as an inevitable fact. But a season of[...]

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“For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” Romans 6:14   In the early 1970s, renowned psychiatrist Karl Menninger wrote a book entitled, Whatever Became of Sin? He warned that moral society would inevitably vanish if open discourse about sin was[...]

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“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9   Athletes never want to be described as soft. It means they lack the physical toughness or mental tenacity their sport demands, which leads to folding[...]

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“And do not get drunk with wine…but be filled with the Spirit.” Ephesians 5:18   The Holy Spirit is the most misunderstood person of the trinity. That’s because He is often trivialized, symbolized, or emotionalized in modern teaching. Consequently, even many church-goers misunderstand who He is and how He works.[...]

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“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of[...]

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“Therefore, all who are mature, let’s have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that to you as well;” Philippians 3:15   The apostle Paul used his own life to describe the attitude of a mature believer. We tend to think of attitude as something that[...]

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“But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.” Philippians 3:7   What motivates you? The driving force behind our actions is usually whatever seems to benefit us the most. That’s why the apostle Paul’s life presents us with a challenge. Because[...]

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During my first mission trip, I witnessed gratitude in a way I’d never seen before. You see, gratitude is a way of life for the Christians in Bolotnoye, Russia. I think I benefitted more from the believers in this small rural town than they did from me. They are living[...]

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“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all.” Philippians 1:3-4 Each Thanksgiving we gather around the table and talk about the things we’re most grateful for. But long before the Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving, the[...]

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