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Seven Questions to Ask Yourself When You Don’t Read the Bible

Diagnosis: "The act of identifying a disease, illness, or problem by examining someone or something" (Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary). What if the "problem" you're dealing with is spending little to no time in the Word of God? What could be the cause? What kind of "virus" may attack your spiritual health? Perhaps these questions can help in making a diagno...

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The Yo-Yo Factor

One of the best illustrations of the Christian life I've ever heard is about a yo-yo. I know this doesn't sound very good, but read on. First the bad news. Our spiritual lives can indeed resemble a yo-yo. Progress and failure alternate easily and sometimes quickly. Up and down we go. This yo-yo dynamic can be quite depressing. But looking through the lens of the Gospel, t...

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When You Feel You Can't Go On

How long? How long? This is the recurring question asked by a person who doesn't know where to turn. He feels paralyzed, exhausted. He is tired of seeing one dead end sign after another. We've all been there, most of us more than once. The Psalms remind us that when we do, we shouldn't think that something strange is happening to us. In the Psalms we see that God fearing...

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Abundant Fruit or a Clean Stable?

Change, some love it and others dread it. Regardless your personal preference, change is inevitable. We know that at times a wind of change is necessary or unavoidable. But this doesn't mean it's easy. In one of his proverbs, Solomon captures the reality that moving ahead can be rough and even unpleasant: "Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops c...

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Encouraged to Pray

It is God's will that we pray. The Bible is packed with exhortations, pleas and inspiring examples to that end. Time after time we're taught the urgency, necesssity and power of prayer. However, most of us struggle with prayer. Surveys show that the vast majority of Christians pray an average of five minutes or less a day. There is much room for growth. Over the years I ...

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When It Is Wrong To Wait

Resolutions are not limited to the beginning of a New Year. Most of us have a running list of goals and desires. From spending more time with our kids, to taking a course, to inviting our neighbors over for coffee; we have our ambitions. And as Christians we can add spiritual objectives to the list: attend prayer meeting, memorize Scripture or help out with the children's ...

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Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices

Thomas Brooks was an ordained minister of the Gospel in England during the 17th century, where the Church of Christ experienced major upheaval. He was also an avid writer. His books combine deep theological insight with helpful practical application. One of his more well-known books is Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices. It is still in print. A free PDF is availabl...

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Bring It and Leave It

I have a confession to make. I am a worrier. It's not that I find pleasure in being anxious, on the contrary. But I fall easily into the trap. When a perceived problem blips on the radar screen, often worry is my initial response. Perhaps you can't relate. But I know that many of you know exactly what I am talking about. Anxiety has different flavors. Some people worry ab...

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About Your Job

Why do people work? The answer seems obvious. Folks work in order to meet their financial and material needs and those of their family. This goes for Christians as well. Didn't God say that "if anyone is not willing to work, he is not to eat either" (2 Thes. 3:10)? There are other reasons as well why people have jobs. Some simply find fulfillment in what they do. Working ...

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Idolatry in Church

Idolatry in church. The title sounds ridiculous. Does it really happen? Is it even possible? Churchgoers don't worship statues. They don't pray to icons or to Mary. When gathered together, we worship the one true God and His Son Jesus Christ. Our songs sing His worth and our preaching expounds His character. But unfortunately idolatry is alive and well in the Church of C...

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