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The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of the Matter

The exact number vary, but experts agree that somewhere from 70 to 90 percent of all communication is nonverbal, things like facial expressions, gestures, eye contact, and posture. It seems that how we say something is a lot more impactful than what we say. When it...

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The Heart of the Matter

The True Joy of Christmas

Matthew chapter 2 tells us of the arrival of the wise men to worship the young toddler Jesus. We read in verse 10 that they “rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” Or in other translations, they “rejoiced with exceedingly great joy,” were “overjoyed beyond measure,”...

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How Nehemiah Helps Point Us to God

How Nehemiah Helps Point Us to God

A quick google search on “Nehemiah leadership” turns up such gems as Ten Leadership Lessons from Nehemiah, The Four Cs of Nehemiah’s Leadership, 6 Leadership Qualities of Nehemiah, and 15 Biblical Leadership Principles from Nehemiah. Undoubtedly, one could glean...

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How Nehemiah Helps Point Us to God

Remember the Lord Who is Great and Awesome

Anna Karenina opens with the famous line: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Tolstoy’s novel goes on to explore some of those unique unhappinesses in different families, showing how the universal human condition is to...

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How Nehemiah Helps Point Us to God

God Calls You To Do His Work

I’ve never been in the military, but I’ve seen Saving Private Ryan and I’ve done a handful of pushups here and there, so it basically amounts to the same thing. (Totally kidding.) Anyway, in that movie -- or any war movie, really -- there’s a group of soldiers tasked...

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Hurry is the Great Enemy of Spiritual Life

Hurry is the Great Enemy of Spiritual Life

For the last few weeks, whenever anyone asks me how I’m doing, my first answer is, “Busy. Good busy, but you know, busy.” And it is good busy; homeschooling four kids can be a ton of fun, with projects and field trips and reading great books, and don’t forget to hike...

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The Function of Prayer in Your Life

The Function of Prayer in Your Life

So sports are back, I guess. Anybody catch the football game this week? I heard that the one team did the thing better than the other team. It was crazy. Or maybe it wasn’t. I have to confess I didn’t watch it (I know you couldn’t tell based on my superb game summary)...

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To Be In Christ

To Be In Christ

My discipleship group has been talking about what it means to be in Christ. John Stott explains it this way: “The commonest description in the Scriptures of a follower of Jesus is that he or she is a person who is ‘in Christ.’ The expressions ‘in Christ,’ ‘in the...

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To Be In Christ

Life Lived Coram Deo

I didn’t take Latin in school, but I’ve always been fascinated with the language. In fact, I remember an old chain email from back in the day with a list of Latin phrases that I worked hard to memorize. As with most things I work hard to memorize, I promptly forgot it...

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Do you know the meaning of Prodigal?

Do you know the meaning of Prodigal?

Pop quiz: what does the word prodigal mean? If you’re like me, the only context you have for that word is the parable of the prodigal son found in Luke 15. At the end of the story, after the son wastes his inheritance on reckless living, comes to his senses, and...

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