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What If The Traditional Spiritual Disciplines Aren’t Working For You

By Larry Osborne, Pastor & Author, North Coast Church If you’ve ever felt like a spiritual loser because you’ve consistently failed to maintain or master the traditional spiritual disciples, you’re not alone. Lots of Jesus followers feel the same way. And that’s unfortunate, because in most cases Jesus is not as concerned with our spiritual […]

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“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1 NASB) My dad was a master at inventing games to keep us entertained or in line. When I was very young, one such game was, “Steppin’ On My Shadow.” Dad would start the game by […]

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“Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again” (1Thessalonians 5:23 NLT) Intrinsic to holiness is the idea of wholeness. God is holy; that is, He is whole, complete, without deficiency. Therefore, He […]

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“For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised” (Hebrews 10:36). It’s the nature of human nature to want the quick fix. We’re always looking for the “zap.” We expect God to “zap” away all of our problems, even if those problems […]

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“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit . . . You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last” (John 15:8, 16) The meaning of the Greek word for glory (“doxazo”) here is “to be revealed for […]

Pastors and Pietism: Key to Spiritual Renewal, Part 4

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Copyright © 2017 Roger Helland Are you “praying the price” for pastoral and church spiritual renewal? According to David Butts, president of Harvest Prayer Ministries, “Most surveys indicate that the average American Christian prays 3 minutes or less a day. Pastors average 6 minutes a day. The first place to look to see if a […]

Our Amazing Bible!

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Our Amazing Bible!, by Brian Simmons, lead Translator of The Passion Translation. It would be impossible to calculate how many lives have been changed forever by the power of the Bible, the living Word of God! My life was transformed forever because I believed the message contained in the Scriptures about Jesus, the Savior. To hold […]

PASTORS AND PIETISM: Part 3

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Copyright © 2017 Roger Helland Recently, I had coffee with a long-time friend and colleague. We discussed the condition of our conference, and our pastors—some of whom were angry and combative—and of our own lives. We mused on the dire necessity for today’s church and culture to behold glorious theology that adorns godly pastors. “Do […]

PASTORS AND PIETISM: A KEY TO SPIRITUAL RENEWAL – Part 1

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Roger Helland © 2017 As I write, I reflect on what drives my three decades of Christian ministry that spans vigorous spiritual service as a lay-leader, church elder, pastor, Bible college and seminary instructor, denominational leader, mentor, and author. My fire is that pastors, church leaders, and churches would flourish! However, the chilling remark sent […]

Daybreak Devotions – Encouragement

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“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up . . .” (1 Thessalonians 5:11a NIV) My older daughter was very cautious when she was a young child. This was no more evident than when she was learning how to walk. When she tried taking her first step she fell back down on her bottom. […]

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CHANGE YOUR THOUGHTS, CHANGE YOUR LIFE – PART 6

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CHANGE YOUR THOUGHTS, CHANGE YOUR LIFE HINDRANCES TO GODLY THINKING Part Six “Hey Carolyn, there’s more in this present for you.   You didn’t get everything out of the box.  Come and see what else is in it.”  I was so excited to find the black sweater I wanted I was trying it on, admiring it. […]

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