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Three Steps to Making Tough Decisions

We all follow leaders. The question is, who’s leading? Most of us follow some combination of our peers, people we admire, advertising, media outlets, and most importantly for Christians, Jesus. As a Christian, my desire is to follow Jesus more closely and to let other influences fade. I don’t kid myself that I can […]
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Two Common Misuses of God’s Name

When I was growing up, we were taught that to exclaim “Oh my God” was wrong, but that saying “Oh my gosh” instead was fine. At the time, this was my only notion of taking the Lord’s name in vain. I think, as a child, I remembered this commandment most […]
Kinds of Hope

Could There Be Two Different Kinds of Hope?

“We have run out of options. Your ankle will continue to get worse and you may eventually be unable to walk on it. In order to prolong your use of it, you must avoid all running, jumping, and stress on your leg…to the best of your ability, even avoid gaining […]
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Love Doesn’t Throw Stones

Jesus’ statement pierced the heart of every person present, though he addressed his words to no one in particular. If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her. (John 8:7, NIV) From the self-righteous Pharisee to the humiliated adulteress—each one […]

15 Bible Verses for Every Christian to Memorize

Memorizing God’s Word is a vital, joy-producing discipline of grace for every Christian—but where to begin? With so many thousands of verses to choose from, memorization can feel overwhelming, and we often don’t know where to start. Why Memorize Bible Verses? Many of us have asked several clarifying questions about […]
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Key Connections (July 20, 2016)

3 Reasons Why Reading the Bible Feels Like a Chore (Aaron Armstrong, Blogging Theologically) …why is it that reading the Bible seems like such a chore? While there are, no doubt, many reasons, here are three that I’ve seen crop up most frequently in my own life. When a Christian Feels […]