DEATH IN NEW ZEALAND

Four Christian Reflections on Violence

Fifty people died in shooting attacks last Friday at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Another fifty were wounded. Our world seems to be dying in a sea of violence and hatred. What did Jesus really say about the kind of systemic hatred and violence that seems to be engulfing our […]

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CHEATER! CHEATER!

Three BIG Problems with Cheating

The college entrance cheating scam has probably just scratched the surface. If it was happening at the elite universities so far discovered, it’s probably happening at others. Some are justifiably outraged. I think a lot of people are shrugging their shoulders and saying, no big surprise. Money doesn’t talk – it screams. What did Jesus […]

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THREE POWERFUL MEDITATIONS

Find Strength for Living by Meditating on God's Word

Some conservative Christians are fearful of practicing meditation because of the central role it plays in many near eastern mystical religions. The New Age movement hit America by storm and scared Christians away from the Christian discipline of meditation. Meditation is simply the act of thinking deeply on one thing. Don’t overcomplicate it.   Meditation […]

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CHRISTIAN CELEBRATION

Seven Ways to Practice Celebration

The latest polls indicate that the popularity of Jesus is on the rise, while that of his followers is in rapid decline. The world looks at Christians and doesn’t see anything very attractive. In part, there are too many angry Christians who walk around with a frown on their faces. That’s unfortunate because one of […]

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WORSHIP AS DISCIPLINE

Seven Steps to Experience True Worship

Worship is probably the most familiar of the Spiritual Disciplines. Part of our history as a country was the fight for the freedom to worship God without government interference. The ability to express our love for God in our own heart language is essential to our spiritual health. God loves to hear our worship. What […]

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CONFESSION AS LIBERATION

The Liberating Act of Taking Sin Seriously

Jesus’ central mission was to clear a path for God’s forgiveness. At the heart of God’s relationship to us is his desire to give and forgive. That forgiveness comes to us when we repent, confess our sins, and ask God to forgive us. Confession is liberating! What is the critical role of confession for the […]

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A LIFE OF SACRIFICIAL SERVICE

Nine Ways to Do It and Nine Ways Not to Do It

There is a growing call in the business world for Servant Leadership. Simon Sinek’s bestseller is entitled, “Leaders Eat Last.” Those in the business world have recognized that people are starving for selfless leaders. Jesus taught that the Christian is to be the servant of all. How do we do that?   Jesus and Service […]

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THE POWER OF SOLITUDE

Strength and Peace from Solitude

We live in a crazy and noisy world. The exponential growth of time-saving technology has simply enabled us to fill our lives with more and more noise. The iPhone has connected us in unprecedented ways with a constant stream of information and communication. It is getting more and more difficult to find space away from […]

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CAN FASTING BE A FEAST?

The Power and Purpose of Practicing a Fast

Food is the great American national sport. The rise of fast food in the 60’s and Door Dash in the last few years has taken food to a new place in human history. Access to just about any kind of food, on demand, has positioned food as the modern-day Baal. There is nothing wrong with […]

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HOW TO UP YOUR PRAYER LIFE

Five Ways to Develop a Strong Prayer Life

Prayer is the most fundamental spiritual act. It is the first spiritual discipline our parents teach us. “Now I lay me down to sleep,” is ubiquitous with childhood. We hold hands around the table and thank God for the meal. Children watch and they learn that there is something special about closing your eyes and […]

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