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“Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8   It’s human nature to love those who love us, and to be kind to those who are kind to us. But what about when someone mistreats or provokes us? We said[...]

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“This I command you, that you love one another.” John 15:17   Jesus’ command to “love one another” sounds elementary in theory, but it’s often more difficult in reality. Maybe that’s because we’ve bought into the world’s definition of what love is and how it behaves. It’s made out to[...]

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“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6   If you’re a Christian, then you probably have a nativity scene displayed somewhere in your home[...]

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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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“But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:3   There’s a massive attempt these days to control what society does by shaping how it thinks. Anytime we, as believers, start to[...]

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“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8   Our enemy, Satan, has two powerful allies—the world and the flesh. These three work in partnership to obstruct our spiritual growth and effectiveness. They’re[...]

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“Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:11   Today’s verse is fundamental to our spiritual well-being. But because few Christians understand how to live each day dead to sin, they experience one spiritual defeat after another. For the saint,[...]

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The question is often asked, “Are successful leaders born or built?” The answer you get depends on which book or conference you consult. Successful leadership is most often defined by things such as profit or popularity. But it’s dangerous to evaluate spiritual leadership by worldly standards. Someone can be a[...]

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