• A Promise for "The Poor in Spirit"

    | Jul 17, 2018
    At first glance, Jesus's reference to "the poor in spirit" seems to refer to those who have little or no money—people of poverty with zero financial security. Wrong. You'll note He speaks of being "poor in spirit."
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  • The Beatitudes: Three Observations

    | Jul 16, 2018
    The introduction to Jesus's Sermon on the Mount is no doubt the most familiar section of His message (Matthew 5:1–12). Commonly called "The Beatitudes," this section is the most descriptive word-portrait of a servant ever recorded.
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  • Jesus' Command: "Be Different!"

    | Jul 15, 2018
    When Jesus walked the earth, He attracted a number of people to Himself. On one occasion, He sat down among them and taught them some bottom-line truths about how He wanted them to grow up.
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  • When You Grow Up

    | Jul 14, 2018
    "What do you want to be when you grow up?" That's a favorite question we enjoy asking children. And the answers we get usually are "a police officer" or "a nurse" or maybe "a fire fighter." Some kids are visionary.
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  • Servanthood Starts in the Mind

    | Jul 13, 2018
    Wouldn't you love to live courageously in spite of the odds? Doesn't it sound exciting to be divinely powerful in day-to-day living? Aren't you eager to become independently authentic in a day of copycat styles?
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  • Supernatural Ability of the "Renewed Mind," Part 2

    | Jul 12, 2018
    As we allow God's truth to pierce the tough, hardened barriers we have erected in our minds, we receive surprising benefits. We saw yesterday that God gives us His divine power (2 Corinthians 10:4).
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  • Supernatural Ability of the "Renewed Mind," Part 1

    | Jul 11, 2018
    As the truth of God's Word penetrates our hearts, it displaces those secular mental barriers we have erected over the years. In fact, we receive several very exciting benefits. Paul names two of them.
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  • Mental Barriers to God's Voice, Part 3

    | Jul 10, 2018
    Some of us have formed the habit of getting even rather than overlooking wrongs done against us. So when we come across scriptural instruction that requires an alternate plan, our inner reaction is "No way!"
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  • Mental Barriers to God's Voice, Part 2

    | Jul 09, 2018
    As the Spirit of God attempts to communicate His truth to us, He runs up against the "wall" of our overall mental attitude, our natural mind-set. Along with the wall-like fortresses, we have natural, humanistic reasonings.
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  • Mental Barriers to God's Voice, Part 1

    | Jul 08, 2018
    When the world tries to squeeze us into its mold, God's message gets muffled. Our minds pick up on the strong secular signals so easily that we subconsciously tune Him out. It comes naturally.
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  • Natural Thinking in Today's World

    | Jul 07, 2018
    Today, let's focus in on a single passage of Scripture and digest it carefully. One of the most helpful passages to help us train our minds is 2 Corinthians 10:1–7. Take a few moments to read and meditate on these seven verses.
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  • A "Renewed Mind" Is Essential

    | Jul 06, 2018
    Let's talk about some positive input on the correct mentality of a servant. Is it possible to think so much like Christ that our minds operate on a different plane than others around us? Not only is it possible—it's essential!
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  • Blind Loyalty Is Not Servanthood

    | Jul 05, 2018
    In the last few decades, we have witnessed the emergence of groups like the Moonies, the Hare Krishnas, various New Agers, Scientologists, and numerous other cults.
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  • What Serving Others Doesn't Mean

    | Jul 04, 2018
    Christians talk a lot about serving and giving and releasing rights and putting down self—and we should. It's part of the whole Christian package. It's expected, to an extent. But isn't it possible to go overboard on stuff like this?
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  • Two Questions

    | Jul 03, 2018
    Comparing the acts of forgiving and forgetting, I think forgetting is the tougher assignment. Why? Because forgetting is something shared with no other person. It's a solo flight.
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  • Determination

    | Jul 02, 2018
    I love the apostle Paul's attitude revealed in his words: "I press on toward the goal" (Philippians 3:14). Those men and women who refuse to get bogged down in and anchored to the past are those who pursue the objectives of the future.
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  • Humility

    | Jul 01, 2018
    "I forget what is behind" is a statement that assures us Paul was not the type to live in the past. He says, in effect, "I disregard my own accomplishments as well as others' offenses against me.
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  • Vulnerability

    | Jun 30, 2018
    Remember these words from yesterday? "I have not arrived . . . I forget what is behind . . . I move on to what is ahead." Over the next few days, I want to examine each part of this statement from the pen of the apostle Paul.
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  • Forgetting Your Own Good Deeds

    | Jun 29, 2018
    Yesterday, we talked about what it means to "forget" when other people do bad deeds to us. Today, I want to address forgetting when we do good deeds to others. In other words, once our own good deeds are done, they're done.
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  • Can We Really Ever Forget?

    | Jun 28, 2018
    A question flashes through my head as I write these words: can our minds actually allow us to forget? The way God has made us with that internal filing system we call "memory"—it is doubtful we can fully forget.
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