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Eliminating the Divisions Between Us and Them

Two pronouns lie at the center of human history: Us and Them. Us is the inclusive part of human nature. Us is the God-given desire for relationships, community and fellowship. Us is the instinct that inspired our ancestors to live together, first as families, and then as clans, villages, cities, nations, kingdoms and empires. Us

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Take up Your Cross: Thoughts from 5 Leaders of the Faith

For generations, Christians have contemplated the words of Christ that to follow Him means laying down our own desires to take up the cause and cross of Jesus. Below are commentaries by five leading theologians who grapple with the heavy cost of following Christ. Thankfully, He is always with us for a hope and a

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Godly Responses in the Tough Times

“This can’t be happening to me. God, I’ve always done what I was supposed to do.” How many times have we caught ourselves praying that very prayer? Godly living, especially in the face of intense persecution, requires great endurance. At all times, even more so in times of suffering, believers are called to help, encourage,

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Who Wrote the Book of Job?

The name of the book of Job in the Bible comes from its central character. The English name is derived from the Latin Iob, from the Greek Iōb, which was the transliteration of the Hebrew Īyōb.  The meaning of the name is uncertain. Authorship The author is uncertain. The name of the author is not

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Preachers Who Don’t Preach the Word

A friend once told me about a time when his spirit felt empty. He had been attending a church where the sermons, while entertaining, were often filled with pop psychology and personal opinion. One week, my friend decided to visit a small, out-of-the-way church pastored by a simple old man. The pastor wasn’t a dynamic

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What’s Preventing You from Trusting God?

It seems so easy in the Bible. People put their trust in God, and He rewards them by doing something miraculous in their lives. Why, then, is it sometimes so difficult for us to put our full trust in God? We put our trust in lesser things every day, including weather forecasts and news sources—not

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What is Godly leadership

A Time to LEAD: Four Lessons in Godly Leadership

Sep 25, 2018 |

As a follower of Christ, you’re also called to lead. This month, our guest blog contributor, Terence Chatmon of John Maxwell’s EQUIP Leadership®, has been leading a four-part study on Godly leadership drawn from the Bible. Together, the four principles create the acronym L.E.A.D. We hope you’re blessed and inspired by the sometimes surprising people

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Do For Others What They Cannot Do For Themselves: Godly Leadership, Part 4

Sep 25, 2018 |

My friend, we are ending our four-part series on Godly leadership with a lesson that continues with the idea of being “others-focused.” In summary, our first three lessons in Godly leadership have been: Listen with a God-softened heart from Acts 15 Encourage the dreams of others from Ruth 2-3 Add value to people from Genesis

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What Makes a Premium Bible?

Sep 24, 2018 |

Take a Closer Look at Thomas Nelson and Zondervan’s Premier Collection The Premier Collection from Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Bibles combines fine craftsmanship with premium materials, excellent design, and the exclusive Comfort Print® KJV, NKJV, and NIV typefaces. Take a closer look at the features that make up the Premier Bibles for the King James

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Revealing the Truth – Helping Others Recognize God’s Love

Sep 24, 2018 |

Second Kings 6 tells the story of King Aram’s attempts to silence the prophet Elisha. The king was understandably peeved by Elisha’s ability to predict where and when Aram’s army would attack Israel’s forces, thus eliminating Aram’s element of surprise and giving Israel a decided strategic advantage. There is nothing to fear when you realize

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