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God Calls You To Do His Work

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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He is Worthy of our Worship

He is Worthy of our Worship

“The heavens declare the glory of God,” sings David in Psalm 19, “and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.” In other words, there is nothing in all of creation that does not continually cry out in...

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Do you know the meaning of Prodigal?

Are You Telling Your Story?

Poet Muriel Rukeyser said, “The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.” Nothing moves us so deeply and communally as a story, the story of who we are and where we come from, the story of good triumphing over evil, the story of an underdog up against impossible...

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Look Up, Child

Look Up, Child

During community group last week, we were commenting on how long we’ve been coping with this stay-at-home situation and how it feels sometimes like it’s been years. “It’s been fifty-five days,” piped up one group member. “But who’s counting?” For many of us, these...

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