• The Power of Weakness

    | May 05, 2024
    Paul pressed ahead through a mind-boggling series of intense hardships. Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I.
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  • Things Unseen

    | May 04, 2024
    Paul viewed whatever happened to him through the eyes of faith. That remarkable trait allows him to be numbered among giants of the faith like Moses.
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  • Powerful Preaching

    | May 03, 2024
    If you are responsible for communicating biblical truth, consider yourself a preacher (at least for the now)—you are a communicator of God's Word. If that describes you, these next four principles are especially for you.
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  • Bringing It Home

    | May 02, 2024
    What is it going to take to convince us that the last will be first and the first will be last? For some it will take a lifetime, for others only a few semesters in seminary.
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  • Affirming Leaders

    | May 01, 2024
    Good leaders are enthusiastically affirming. Again, Paul writes, "You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers . . ."
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  • Affectionate Leaders

    | Apr 30, 2024
    Good leaders have affection for people. Paul writes, "Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God . . . " (1 Thess. 2:8). Is that great, or what?
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  • Sensitive Leaders

    | Apr 29, 2024
    Good leaders are sensitive to the needs of others. Paul compared his ministry to a mother who tenderly cares for the needs of her children. I love that word picture. I watched my wife nursing our children when they were tiny.
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  • His Only Priority

    | Apr 28, 2024
    Paul's style of leadership was neither aloof nor secretive. He lived among them. They knew his address. He talked to them. He didn't preach a sermon and then conveniently slip out the back door during the benediction.
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  • An Attitude of Genuine Thanksgiving

    | Apr 27, 2024
    Paul had an attitude of genuine thanksgiving: "Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word."
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  • An Attitude of Strong Determination

    | Apr 26, 2024
    Paul commands believers to possess the attitude of strong determination. He confesses, "Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind . . ." (Philippians 3:13–14).
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  • Learned Contentment

    | Apr 25, 2024
    Paul recommends an attitude of unselfish humility. Quite remarkably, you never read where Paul said to his Roman guard, "I need you to do me a favor. . ."
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  • Secret to Contentment

    | Apr 24, 2024
    Paul is under house arrest in rented quarters; he refuses to focus on that. He is far from home, and his future is uncertain; he doesn't let that concern him. He is bound to a Roman guard every day; no problem.
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  • Despite Your Circumstances

    | Apr 23, 2024
    Few people in the first century had a deeper understanding of God's grace than the apostle Paul. Redeemed from a life of vicious brutality as a rigid legalistic Pharisee, the man turned the corner, repented, . . .
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  • Traveling Well

    | Apr 22, 2024
    Whether you are traveling as a missionary or in the midst of your personal profession, God would have you travel as Paul traveled. I observe four enduring principles that will help you maximize your effectiveness for Christ.
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  • The Ultimate Authority

    | Apr 21, 2024
    A man from Macedonia had said, "Come over and help us." God had in mind a seller of purple, an exploited slave girl, and a rugged, brutal Roman jailer. When you travel as God would have you travel, like Paul, you're sensitive to doors that open.
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  • ''Forgive Them''

    | Apr 20, 2024
    "Father, forgive them for they don't know what they're doing." Jesus managed to utter those penetrating words through bleeding, cracked lips, swollen from the noonday sun. Impaled on that cruel, Roman cross, He interceded on behalf of His enemies.
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  • Positive Separations

    | Apr 19, 2024
    Let's be painfully candid here. I've had my own share of arguments, and you've had yours. I've had some that were never reconciled. Thankfully, most ended in a renewed friendship.
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  • Mission Accomplished

    | Apr 18, 2024
    When Paul returned to places he had been before, there were no regrets. The end of Acts 14 chronicles the return trip Paul and Barnabas made back to home base, Antioch.
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  • Good Attitude

    | Apr 17, 2024
    We make a choice every waking moment of our lives. When we awaken in the morning, we choose the attitude that will ultimately guide our thoughts and actions through the day.
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  • Disappointing Results

    | Apr 16, 2024
    A sentence in the diary of James Gilmore, pioneer missionary to Mongolia, has stayed with me since the day I first read it.
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Let Go and Let God

Having trouble seeing the logic behind what God is allowing in your life? Wishing it made more sense? In this Timeless Insight, Pastor Chuck helps us be at rest with mysteries.