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Let's Keep the Main Thing, the Main Thing

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Knowing and Worshipping Christ Over the years, building Lego projects has been a fun and treasured time with my kids. Once, I helped one of my boys build his new Star Wars Lego spaceship. This was the biggest Lego building project of his (then) young seven-year-old life. So as much as I wanted the spaceship to be brought to completion within a 12-hour day, I wanted him to...

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Going Beyond the Call of Mere Duty

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Serving Out of Gratitude Rather Than Obligation Some time ago, during the holiday season, I came across a Ralph's employee who, upon charging me for my items, said, "Looks like you are prepping for a big breakfast!" "Yes," I replied, "It's a family tradition." I looked at her name badge, and observed that she had been with Ralph's for 40 years. "Wow, Connie, you have be...

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Make a Stand for What You Believe and Reject

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Teaching Truth and Refuting Error There has been a subtle shift in the last 20 years or so in various evangelical circles. It is not that "professing" Christians say that doctrine does not matter "at all," but that we should not just be defined by "what we are against." Instead, we should be defined more by "what we stand for." On the one hand, I would agree that we shoul...

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Book Review of "Every Good Endeavor"

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The Christian in the Workplace One of the suggested books from our "spiritual disciplines" series a couple of years ago was Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work, by Tim Keller. In his book, Keller states " in this book we will do what we can to help illuminate the transformative and revolutionary connection between Christian faith and the workplace." M...

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Putting "Freedom" in Perspective

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Freedom to Love the Lord and Love Others One of the "privileges" that we enjoy in our great country is "freedom." Freedom of speech, freedom to worship publicly, freedom to have a certain sense of autonomy, and to pursue happiness as individuals along with our families. Each of us as Americans enjoy this freedom and ought to have a profound sense of gratitude for what God...

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How's Your Love Life?

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We love because He first loved us No, I am not talking about your "romantic" life (though some of us who are married, especially us men, would profit from considering this as well!). I am talking first and foremost, about your love for the Lord, for this is where it all begins, doesn't it? Writing to the church at Ephesus, the Lord Jesus utters this terrible indictment, ...

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A Heart for the Lost

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Bringing the Hope of the Gospel to the Lost I still remember one of my long-time mentors some 23 years ago, in the middle of criticizing our church at the time, stopping me dead in my tracks and softly saying to me as he pointed to the streets of East L.A., "see those people walking around out there? Aimless and without hope in life? That's why we are here. To rea...

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People of the Book

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Devoted and Committed to God's Word It is no surprise that the world that we live in is getting worse. Every day, all you have to do is turn on the television to be reminded of not only the "explicit" corruption in our society, but also the "postmodern" ("truth is relative" and "truth is whatever it means to me") mood of the age. Godlessness is more and more rampant, and,...

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The Church's Responsibility to Raise Leaders

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Leadership Training and Discipleship within the Local Church I still remember the eagerness and zeal in my heart as a new convert to be trained. And yet God, in His sovereign plan, kept me back from pursuing my passion of attending seminary. Where would the training come from for a young man who desired to be effective in the church, and possibly enter full-time, vocation...

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Entrusted with the Gospel?

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Living and Proclaiming the Gospel We have all been entrusted with certain things in life. I still remember being given my first Dodger hat. It was 1984, and the Dodgers were in the middle of slug fest with the San Diego Padres. A long-time friend of my father yelled at me from across the living room, and said to me, "See this hat? It is my favorite hat. I have owned this ...

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