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Aug 10, 2020 08:00am

Is There a Solution for the Racism That Divides Us?

What is the antidote for racism, prejudice, hate, ethnic nationalism and supremacy? First of all, there is no form of […]

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Aug 09, 2020 08:00am

Is Truth Based on Whatever You Feel?

Pilate asked Jesus in John 18:38, “What is truth?”  And two thousand years later, we’re still asking . . . In […]

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Aug 08, 2020 08:00am

A Parent’s Guide to Biblical Wisdom: Part Eight

(Missionary to Thailand Brandon Lingle has written a parenting book in Thai, and he has graciously agreed to share it […]

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Aug 04, 2020 08:00am

Not a Suggestion But a Command: Multiply

When churches become healthy, thriving, and begin to live “sent” they accept the mission God has given them.   They realize […]

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Jul 07, 2020 08:00am

Here’s How to Ensure You Don’t Betray Your First Love

“The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) I feel the truth of […]

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Jun 25, 2020 08:00am

7 Ways to Upgrade Your Prayer Package

At the risk of losing you before we get started, I confess that I am old enough to remember the […]

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Jun 24, 2020 08:00am

Real Faith is Transformational not Informational

Real faith uses information for the purpose of transformation. D. L. Moody said, “the Bible was not given for merely […]

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Jun 06, 2020 08:00am

Real Religion is Faith That Works

Greg Stier, Founder and President of Dare 2 Share Ministries, tells the story of encountering a fan of Marilyn Manson […]

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Jun 04, 2020 08:00am

Facing Rejection and Finding Acceptance

For four months I’ve been studying the book of Mark in the Bible because I received a slightly random and […]

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May 30, 2020 08:00am

What Boldness is Not

I want to be bold. Do you know what I mean? I want to live a life that makes a […]

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May 19, 2020 08:00am

8 Ways to Conquer the Destructive Power of Fear: Part Three

It is true that fear has a destructive power in our life. But it is also true that faith in […]

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May 17, 2020 08:00am

The Destructive Power of Fear-Part One

People are afraid.   They are afraid of losing their health, wealth, mind, job, spouse or children.   They are afraid of […]

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May 16, 2020 08:00am

7 Definitions of a Friend

When the First World War ended, the King and Queen of Belgium wanted to honor President Hoover for the aid […]

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May 13, 2020 08:00am

6 Ways You Can be a Barnabas

Barnabas was, in my opinion, the greatest man in the New Testament other than Jesus.   Why?   Because Barnabas was an […]

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May 12, 2020 08:00am

Tilling the Garden of Your Marriage

Springtime means gardens for many people. While my husband and I have tried our hand at vegetable gardens before, it […]

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May 11, 2020 08:00am

What is God Doing With This Crisis?

Most of us would admit that we are living in times that are distinct from anything we have ever known. […]

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Apr 26, 2020 08:00am

Politics, Religion and Freedom: Lessons From a Veteran

I was born into a military family. Those are my roots, and because of that, I probably don’t see the […]

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Apr 22, 2020 08:00am

6 Ways to Share Your Story With Non-Christians

(Read “How to Transition into ‘Gospel Conversations’ with Non-Christians” as it builds on this blog. https://lifeword.org/blog/how-to-have-gospel-conversations-with-non-believers/ As you peel back […]

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Apr 19, 2020 08:00am

Easter: The Rest of the Story

Easter may have looked different this year – yes. Virtual services, maybe a small family gathering for lunch depending on […]

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Apr 16, 2020 08:00am

Now is the Perfect Time for an Appointment with God

As I sit to write these words, I have just listened to our national leaders warn us that we are […]

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Apr 13, 2020 08:00am

It’s Time to Speed the Spread (of the good news)

When was the last time you spread the good news?  What an odd time to think about spreading things!  News […]

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Mar 31, 2020 08:00am

How to Have Gospel Conversations With Non-Believers

Sam Chan’s wonderful book Evangelism in a Skeptical World fleshes out a practical pathway to create “gospel conversations.”  Simply put, conversations have three […]

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Mar 26, 2020 08:00am

How to Deal With Prideful People

When someone opposes you, do your words kind of soften? Are you tempted to pull punches, or change the subject altogether? […]

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Mar 15, 2020 08:00am

Don’t Settle For an Average Life with an Average Purpose

There are only two ways to live life: Your way.  God’s way.  There is no third way. To put it […]

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Mar 05, 2020 08:00am

This is How the Cycle of Anger and Abuse Can Stop With You

Growing up, I thought my family was like every other family and then I learned that we weren’t. But wait, […]

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Feb 27, 2020 08:00am

Here’s Why You Should Read the Bible

It’s something we’ve heard preached about plenty of times. It’s almost like broccoli: We know it’s good for us, but […]

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Feb 22, 2020 08:00am

This is How You Can be the Salt of the Earth

“Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.” […]

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Feb 20, 2020 08:00am

The High Price Others Pay for Our Missed Opportunities

“Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time.” (Colossians 4:5) H. Jackson Brown has been quoted as saying, […]

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Jan 28, 2020 08:00am

This is What “Living Sent” Means

The command to “live sent” may or may not be a familiar phrase in today’s church vernacular. Same goes for […]

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Jan 27, 2020 08:00am

Lessons From the Ultimate Traitor

Even if you’ve never read the Bible, you know who he is and what he did. Thesaurus.com lists Judas as a synonym […]

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Jan 21, 2020 08:00am

Something Missing in Your Life? Don’t Start With Religion.

Perhaps one of the biggest frustrations in life is not knowing where to start. It is a common problem for […]

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Jan 16, 2020 08:00am

This is Why a Sheep Loves to Read

In a pivotal passage, Jesus explains, “I know my own and my own know me” (John 10:14). In this verse he […]

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Jan 09, 2020 08:00am

What Does it Mean to be “Born Again”?

We’ve all heard the phrase “born again”. Some mock. Some scratch their temple. Some bend their knees in worship. But, […]

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Dec 30, 2019 08:00am

How Do I Know I’m Really a Christian?

I’ve lost count of people who’ve come into my office asking, “How do I know I’m a Christian? Like, really know?” […]

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Dec 25, 2019 08:00am

Lesson From The Grinch

One of my favorite subtle movie lines is found in The Grinch (the Jim Carrey edition). In a scene where he’s busy […]

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Dec 18, 2019 08:00am

What DID Mary Know?

The Christmas song “Mary, Did You Know?” was written by Mark Lowery and Buddy Greene in 1991.  It quickly became a […]

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Dec 12, 2019 08:00am

A Life-Giving Home for the Holidays

During the holiday season, we always hear about going home or other family members coming home. It got me thinking […]

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Dec 06, 2019 08:00am

Evangelism Begins With Grace

If you’re like me, the word evangelism is a like a guilt switch in my soul. You say “evangelism” and immediately three […]

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Dec 05, 2019 08:00am

Confessions of a Church Addict

My name is John and I am a recovering church addict. Those are words that seem inappropriate. After all, church […]

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Nov 26, 2019 08:00am

OUR COMMON ENEMY

It’s a heated environment these days. Politically. Racially. Religiously. Opinions abound.  Listening is lacking.  Fingers are pointed.  It’s an environment […]

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Nov 23, 2019 08:00am

Inside Look at a Pastor’s Preaching Prep

Every week I have the incredible opportunity of standing before a group of people to proclaim the truths of God’s […]

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Nov 20, 2019 08:00am

Considering Celebrity Conversions

In recent news, a fair number of celebrity conversions have been taking place in the public eye. Justin Bieber has […]

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Nov 06, 2019 08:00am

Rescue From Rebellion

A salvation story doesn’t have to be R-rated to be powerful. We may not all be saved from a life […]

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Nov 03, 2019 08:00am

Grateful: Not Just a Word on a Sign at Hobby Lobby

Hard to believe it’s already November, and it doesn’t seem possible, but it’s the month that officially begins the holiday […]

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Oct 01, 2019 08:00am

Wine at the Wedding and A Future Miracle

John 2:1-10 chronologically records the first miracle recorded in the Bible that Jesus performed: Turning water into wine at a […]

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Sep 28, 2019 08:00am

“You Heard Her”: The Power of a Praying Mom

I recently wrote that Augustine, though raised by his Christian mother to love Jesus, was not a Christian for a […]

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Sep 09, 2019 08:00am

Doubts Come Like a Thief in the Night

In 1972 the rapture movie A Thief in the Night was released, but I didn’t see it in a theater. I saw […]

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Sep 05, 2019 17:00pm

Movie Review: Overcomer

Overcomer is a feel-good, faith-based movie that challenges you to think about your true identity.  In the aptly named Christian […]

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Aug 19, 2019 08:00am

Go Ahead: Burst Your Bubble

By Larry Barker, Director of North American Church Planting Our family was living in Romania in 2000 and we had […]

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Aug 11, 2019 08:00am

Who is Jesus?

Jesus offered his life as a sacrifice for sin . . . the innocent paying the price of the guilty.

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