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Spiritual Life

I Need Someone to Teach Me How to Live


I confess, even after 51+ years, I need the Lord to “teach me how to live” (Psalm 27:11). I don’t have this life-thing all figured out yet. I’m reminded of that fact every so often when I think I have everything under control. God knows the best way for me to live. He knows the path ahead of me much …

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Spiritual Life

How to Win the War with Yourself — The Secret of the Third Force


Do you ever find yourself in a war with yourself? I have. In fact, I sense I’m in the battle right now. We all do. King David did. Often this battle is waged between what seem to be two opposing forces inside of us, but there is a third force that trumps those two. Yesterday I read Psalm 22, in …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

The Reason Why Leaders Face Deep, Dark Valleys


“No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it is painful! But afterward there will be a quiet harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way” (Hebrews 12:11, NLT).   It’s natural for a father to discipline his children if he truly loves them (Proverbs 3:11-12). At the same time, we, especially we leaders, face spiritual warfare that …

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Spiritual Life

Purposely UNbalanced


Life is much like riding a bike. When I ride, I’m rarely perfectly balanced. In fact, as I go through fast turns, I purposely lean my bike so as not to be in balance.This is especially true on my mountain bike, as I blast down rolling hills and around banked switchbacks. It takes skills and a lot of trust in …

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Spiritual Life

When You Feel Abandoned or Alone


When you feel abandoned and alone, when you feel like life is just not fair, consider how Jesus felt. He had poured his life into his friends. He loved them sacrificially. And he knew that when he needed them, they would desert him. “But the time is coming—in fact, it is already here—when you will be scattered, each one going …

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Spiritual Life

Still Waiting (Part 3 of Series): What to do while in the valley of waiting


Much of life is lived in the valley of waiting. You may be waiting for a spouse, or for healing, or for a loved one to return to you, or for a job, or for grief to pass or peace to come or hope to rise or a hundred other things. Ten years ago, my mom was in Hospice, and …

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Spiritual Life

The Waiting – Part 2: Betty White or LeBron James?


If you were choosing up sides for a basketball team and you could pick between Betty White and Lebron James, who would you choose? I like Betty White, but I’m going into battle with Lebron! In Isaiah 31, the people of Judah chose to trust in the Egyptian government and army rather than God. Bad choice. Isaiah said, “For these …

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Spiritual Life

The Waiting (Is the Greatest Part)


Return to God and wait for him. In my time with God this morning, I came across the vitality of returning to God and waiting for him (Isaiah 30:15). They are repeated throughout his Word so often, it’s important for us to think about this. We return to him because he is our only real hope. He desires a relationship …

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Ministry Leaders     Small Group Leaders

What to Do When Your Ministry Feels Like a Failure – Part 1


What do you do when you don’t see any fruit in your ministry? We all face this from time to time. You could be leading a small group, ministry, church, family, or whatever, or perhaps you’re simply trying to lead that family member or friend to Christ, and you’re not seeing any movement. No successes. No wins. In fact, you …

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Spiritual Life

Evil for Evil?


Today’s Bible Passage: Micah 2 Scripture: Micah 2:3: “But this is what the Lord says: “I will reward your evil with evil; you won’t be able to escape! After I am through with you, none of you will ever again walk proudly in the streets.” ObservationI don’t like the New Living Translation here. It sounds like God does evil in …

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