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Month: February 2015

holy spirit leadership Bible

Five Effects of the Holy Spirit on Christian Leaders

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-12) Every church leader is called to shape other leaders at church.  So imagine you make this calling a priority: You identify gifts to be “stirred […]

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Yet More News of Christian Martyrs: What Can We Do?

In the last few days, we have heard of yet more Christian martyrs in the news.  Twenty-one people were beheaded in Libya because they were “people of the cross.”  News like this, it seems, is increasingly common, and scholars have shown that this perception is, in fact, true. Our hearts […]

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Five Reminders for the Stressed, Weary, Busy, and Burdened Soul

Do you ever feel like you just aren’t enough? Like there isn’t enough of you to go around and no matter how much effort you pour out, there is always something lacking? I do. Some days I wonder why I am feeling so overwhelmed and anxious, and then it hits […]

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Five Ways Christ Loves His People Well

What you believe most deeply about God’s love will shape your experience of him. Some people see God as a kind of referee, running up and down the field, watching all of us as we play the game of life, making sure we play according to the rules. Other people […]

A Three-Step Diet to a Healthier Soul

If you are a “New Year’s resolution” kind of a person, the following scenario is probably quite familiar to you: you commit to losing those extra pounds, exercising more; you resolve to be kinder to your spouse, to have more patience with your children.  You “will yourself” to do more, […]

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Would Jesus Commend Your Faith?

Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation.”  Hebrews chapter 11, later labeled the “Hall of Faith,” goes on to describe many heroes of the faith. Do you have faith like that of […]

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Four Tactics to Encourage Healthy, Traditional Family Units

What is one of the most defining marks of a socially stable individual?  Is it the school district they’ve grown up in?  Is it the college that they attend?  Is it how many activities they were involved in when they were young?  In a recent article for Breakpoint.org, John Stonestreet presents […]