• A Reason to Forgive

    | Jun 21, 2018
    When wrong has been done against another person, there are only two possibilities of blame. But whether we are responsible for the offense or we are the recipients of it, the first move is always ours.
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  • God's Forgiveness of Us

    | Jun 20, 2018
    Truth be told, it's God's forgiveness of us that makes possible our forgiving others. When on the cross Jesus Christ paid in full the penalty of our sin, God's wrath was expressed against Him—the One who took our place.
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  • God's Required Course: Forgiveness

    | Jun 19, 2018
    This is a true story, told to me by a young seminary student I met years ago. I'll call him Aaron (not his real name). Late one spring Aaron was praying about having a significant ministry the following summer.
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  • Being a Giver—Is Worth It?

    | Jun 18, 2018
    Shortly after World War II came to a close, Europe began picking up the pieces. Much of the old country had been ravaged by war and was in ruins. Perhaps the saddest sight of all was that of little orphaned children . . .
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  • Sticking with a Commitment

    | Jun 17, 2018
    A full year before the apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, they had begun a project. No doubt they were filled with enthusiasm, the thrill of a fresh beginning. But with the passing of time, the newness had worn off.
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  • Making a Thorough Self-Evaluation

    | Jun 16, 2018
    I'll never forget an actual situation I heard about on the radio some years ago. A woman in West Palm Beach, Florida, died alone at the age of 71. The coroner's report was tragic. "Cause of death: malnutrition."
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  • What Does Following Christ Cost?

    | Jun 15, 2018
    Following Christ as His disciple is a costly, unselfish decision. It calls for a radical examination of our self-centered lifestyles. Whew! That's one of those easy things to say but tough to carry out.
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  • The Authenticity of Our Words

    | Jun 14, 2018
    Quite a while ago, a young man I had known for several years expressed an interest in living in our home and being discipled in the context of our family.
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  • Servants Give Generously

    | Jun 13, 2018
    The Christians in the Macedonian churches were servants who gave to the needs of the believers in Jerusalem, giving anonymously, in fact. Paul . . . also mentioned something else about those Macedonian servant-saints.
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  • Servants Give Anonymously

    | Jun 12, 2018
    When Paul made his way through Europe, specifically the region of ancient Macedonia, he announced to the churches in that area the financial need of the church in Jerusalem.
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  • Three Basic Ingredients of Servanthood

    | Jun 11, 2018
    The Word of God lays a solid, biblical foundation for what it means to have a servant mentality. But let's get some handles on what's involved in pulling it off. For starters, let me suggest three basic ingredients of servanthood.
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  • Humility and Inferiority

    | Jun 10, 2018
    Having "humility of mind" is really an attitude, isn't it? It's a preset mentality that determines ahead of time thoughts like this: "I care about those around me." "Why do I always have to be first?"
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  • The Servant as a Giver

    | Jun 09, 2018
    I like the tongue-in-cheek definition of philosophers one of my seminary professors would occasionally use. It's classic: Philosophers are people who talk about something they don't understand and make you think it's your fault!
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  • Maneuvering for Me

    | Jun 08, 2018
    I'll never forget a trip I took with my older son to shoot the rapids at the Rogue River in Oregon. While we were receiving instructions from the guide . . . , I began to study the canoes with my eyes.
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  • The Tune of Self-Interest

    | Jun 07, 2018
    After Adam and Eve disobeyed God for the first time—and sin entered the world—it didn't take long for them to begin looking out for number one. Enter self-interest.
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  • The Origin of Self

    | Jun 06, 2018
    It's been my experience that before I can fully conquer any problem, I need to understand the problem as well as possible, especially its origin. To do that with "self," we must go back, way back.
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  • Three Realms of True Success

    | Jun 05, 2018
    Yesterday, we looked at the apostle Peter's three crucial realms related to true success: authority, attitude, and anxiety. Let's translate those realms into practical principles. You could think of them in steps.
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  • The Forgotten Side of Success

    | Jun 04, 2018
    Maybe we should confess that one reason we find it so hard to set selfishness aside and adopt the spirit of a servant is that we're driven by dreams of success. We want to be winners.
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  • I, Me, Mine, Myself

    | Jun 03, 2018
    Let's admit it; ours is an age of gross selfishness. The "me" era. And we get mighty uncomfortable even when God begins to make demands on us. Of course, our inner "self" doesn't want to dump God entirely.
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  • Absolute Honesty

    | Jun 02, 2018
    Let's think about an essential mark of servanthood: integrity . . . or absolute honesty. Remember these words? "Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart . . ."
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