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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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Aug 09, 2019 08:00am

Greatest Wedding Story Ever Told

We should be making ourselves ready to be found without spot or blemish for our perfect groom, Jesus Christ.

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Aug 03, 2019 10:00am

No Matter What You’ve Done or Where You’ve Been

Spring Hunter is a woman who grew up in complete poverty, religiously adhered to a cult, suffered parental abandonment, became […]

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Jul 31, 2019 11:00am

Surrendered: Fully and Finally

I started drinking when I was fifteen because my parents were gone every weekend and my brother and sister would […]

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Jul 28, 2019 17:48pm

Sharing Your Faith

Fear of rejection is the number one reason for neglecting to bring up spiritual topics in conversations.

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Jul 24, 2019 16:52pm

From Your Big Sister

Dear baby, This is Melody, writing to you the night before you are born into this world.  There are a […]

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Jul 21, 2019 11:00am

Mike Jones: A Lifeword Story of Grace and Mercy

Matthew chapter 17 has the account of Jesus with Peter, James and John on the Mount of Transfiguration. While they […]

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Jul 18, 2019 05:30am

Discipleship Part Two: Three Chairs

SOAR . . . Man, I love this youth conference. Sold Out And Radical.  Every summer, we gather up our […]

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Jul 16, 2019 16:00pm

Discipleship Part One: How Did Jesus Do It?

It wasn’t until after my first year of college that I was truly saved.  You’re probably thinking, what does that […]

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Jun 01, 2019 03:30am

Your Truth or My Truth?

In people’s lives, there must come a time when they decide for themselves what they really believe. Because I grew […]

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