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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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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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“But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron.” 1 Timothy 4:1-2   Today’s passage perfectly describes living in a post-Christian era. The decline[...]

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“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6   Everyone lives by faith in something or someone. And the object of our faith determines the[...]

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“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time” 1 Peter 5:6   Nothing hinders spiritual service more than pride. In fact, humility is a crucial characteristic if we want to accomplish great things for God. The problem is that we tend[...]

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Anxiety is a way of life for many Americans. I understand why the country as a whole isn’t dealing well with the continuing chaos and disorder. But why are Christians anxious? Anxious churches full of anxious Christians are a weak witness for Christ. And that is of no use to[...]

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“Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” Psalm 119:165 (NIV)   What comes to mind when you hear the word peace? Do you picture a quiet and serene place, free of life’s troubles? When we think of peace, we’re usually referring to what’s[...]

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“Many are the foes who persecute me, but I have not turned from your statutes.” Psalm 119:157 (NIV)   Have you ever wondered if you would remain faithful to the Lord if persecuted for your faith? What you are doing now will largely determine what you would do then. We’re[...]

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“I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word.” Psalm 119:147 (NIV)   Some situations weigh heavily on our hearts. Sleep may even become elusive if a sense of desperation creeps into our thoughts. At some point we’ve all given God our preferred[...]

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