New Results Require New Beliefs

If you know the answer how can you fail to achieve the result? Maybe you know you need to exercise more to become fit and stay healthy, and yet you don’t follow through. Maybe you change your diet in hopes of losing weight for the new year, only to return to your old habits and

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What “East” Were The Wise Men From?

Are the details of the Bible’s account of Christ’s life important?  Was the historical reporting of the Bible accurate in relating the facts about Christ’s birth?  Can we believe the more miraculous and supernatural aspects of the virgin birth and the appearance of angels and fulfillment of prophecy and more if we aren’t even confident in

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Joshua The Divinely Authorized

Was Jesus’ last name Christ?  Were His parents Joseph and Mary Christ? The answer to both of these questions is “no”. In the original Greek text of the Gospels, “Jesus Christ” or “Ἰησοῦς Χριστὸς” literally means “Jesus the Anointed One”, or “Joshua the Divinely Authorized by the Pouring or Rubbing of Olive Oil” making reference to the

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Coming Home

Walking down the Jetway after a long week on the road, I step over the threshold into the cabin of the 737-300 with lightness returning to my step and anticipation waking up in the most basic parts of my heart — I am going home. Coming home resonates so deeply for me. Warm hugs, good

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Jesus Was Not A Socialist

Jesus was not a socialist. When confronted with more than 5000 hungry people Jesus didn’t propose that the state should feed them, He told his followers “You Feed Them” (Mark 6) and then personally manufactured the food himself and gave it to them to eat. When confronted with an epidemic health crisis, facing wide spread

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Gratitude: The Ultimate Measure of Maturity

Gratitude requires contrast. Gratitude depends on awareness and understanding as its foundation and context because gratitude is the organic response to a positive outcome when a negative or less desirable result was possible, likely, or certain. Gratitude is so much more than just the rosy emotional response or the specific thanks for a job well done.

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Choose Freedom Even When It Isn’t Free

You’ve probably heard the old saying that “Freedom isn’t free.” It’s most often used to remind us of the sacrifices of the men and women who fought and died to establish our nation and then defend it through the course of its history.  Their bravery and example are indeed something we should all carry with

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God Didn’t Promise Easier, God Promised Better

God’s answers are always simple, and God’s answers always work. However… …God’s answers are not always easy, and God’s answers are not always unopposed. The fact is, God didn’t promise that following Him would make your life easier — God promised that following Him would make your life better. Jesus told his followers, “Look, I

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Down, But Never Out

Don’t be surprised when the enemy hits you when you are down. One of the key strategies of the enemy is to wait until you are weak, depressed, sad, grieving, angry, frustrated, hungry, oppressed, sick, in a bad mood, struggling, or having a bad day for whatever reason — and that is when the enemy

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How To Be A Responsible Voter

As a follower of Christ you have a responsibility to vote and to participate in government as a practice of your faith and an expression of your love.   The United States was built to be a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, so if you don’t show up, don’t make

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Time To Prioritize Your Priorities

Successful people prioritize well.  They order their lives and their decisions by the value and importance that each situation, each opportunity, each relationship, each connection, each conversation, each resource, and each moment of time offers. Success is, in large part, the result of what you prioritize.  So, people should not be surprised when they achieve

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