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How to Overcome Writer’s Block Once and for All

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by Jerry Jenkins You well know the frustration. It comes time to write, and you can’t produce a single word. Maybe you’ve tried for weeks, months, or even years. But still nothing comes. You’re suffering the dreaded Writer’s Block while your writing dream, your story, and the message you long to share with the world […]

Men, It’s Time to Leave A Life-Giving Legacy

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Men, It’s Time to Leave A Life-Giving Legacy. “Get rid of your junk or move!” Those unsettling words were spoken years ago when a village near Chicago took action against one of its families. The family had a business at their home—collecting, storing and selling junk. This was more than just an odd lawnmower by […]

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“Praise the Lord who has given rest to his people, just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the wonderful promises he gave . . .” (1Kings 8:56 NIV). “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ.” (2Cor. 1:20). Generally, we don’t think about sitting down […]

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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 […]

PASTORS AND PIETISM: KEY TO SPIRITUAL RENEWAL, Part 6

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Copyright © 2018 Roger Helland The Influence of Pietism Pietism as a late 17-18th century renewal movement was a powerful tributary that unleashed a torrent of church renewal that flowed into an ever-widening missional river. It helped incite and irrigate the great awakenings into what would become evangelicalism. Perhaps you as a pastor and your […]

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Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be lightly esteemed. (1Samuel 2:30b NIV) Honor in this passage is the idea of weightiness – who or what holds the weight of influence in ours lives. We honor God by honoring His word (Lk. 6:46-47). Here’s the key: We can and […]

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“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven . . .” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Change is inevitable but growth is optional. Gas and grocery prices change daily. Our jobs, health, and finances can change without warning. Of course, there’s the inevitability of change that comes with aging. Growth, however, is […]

Why Worship Matters by Louie Giglio

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Why Worship Matters by Louie Giglio When the subject is worship, the stakes are high—because worship is what God is all about. Worship should matter to you simply because it matters to God. And worship matters to God because He knows He’s worthy. I know that doesn’t sound too persuasive in our me-centered culture, but […]

Living!

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“I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever!” (Revelation 1:18a NIV) “Dad, is there really no such thing as Santa Claus?” My older daughter, Amy, then six years old and in the first grade, was sitting on the living room couch looking straight ahead. She […]
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