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Sleepless Nights

"Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches." (2 Corinthians 11:28 NIV) Like most pastors, I often wake up in the middle of the night thinking about and worrying over people in the congregation that I serve. I guess that...

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What IS Prayer, Anyway?

What is prayer, anyway? Critics say it is a crutch. It is something the Christians do to make them feel better, because it is just that: Something they can actually do in a situation where they are helpless! Unfortunately I suspect that many Christians have only a...

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Looking Ahead

"Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."...

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Jesus Freaks

As a young teenager, I took music lessons at a local music school. My teacher, a nice young man and very patient instructor, surprised me one day by venting against Jesus Freaks.  Not being committed to my faith and questioning Christian teaching, I was afraid to...

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Five Lies That Cause You to Worry…

It was the big day. My parents, my brother 16 and I at 17 sat in the courtroom. We dressed for the occasion and our hearts wore unprecedented excitement. My family worked hard to meet the requirements and lead us to this event that would change our lives. The red,...

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Waiting in the Wings

I've never been an early riser, but over the past few summer months I've been waking up with the birds. Mostly crows and magpies, their vocal chords are in my opinion not blessed by God with tranquil song. Their abrasive rise and shine squawking begins at the crack of...

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Flowing Springs? Or Cracked Cisterns?

I am always amazed when I think about a bubbling stream or a mountain creek. I find the sound so soothing; yet this same soothing water can support life, and when moving fast enough, it can produce enough power to run vast mills, generate electricity and carry objects...

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