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“Rejoice in the Lord!” Philippians 3:1

When Paul advised the Philippians that they should “rejoice in the Lord” he wasn’t telling them to be 24/7 “happy in Jesus” smile machines. I don’t …

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What is a Missionary?

A missionary is someone sent by Jesus Christ just as He was sent by God. The great controlling factor is not the needs of people, but the command of Jesus. The source of our inspiration in our service for God is behind us, not ahead of us. The tendency today is to put the inspiration out in front— to sweep everything together in front of us and make it conform to our definition of success.

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Harrison Odjegba Okene had been trapped 100 feet underwater for more than 72 hours. His air and his hope were running thin. The Nigerian was a cook on a tugboat that sank in the Atlantic Ocean in May 2013, leading to the deaths of the 11 other crew members. Harrison, however, found his way to a small cabin with a small, dwindling air pocket where he shivered as temperatures plummeted. Comforted by psalms he had memorized, prayers to God, and memories of his wife, Harrison clung to life. When rescue divers arrived, they pulled four corpses out of the water…

All Together

For years my wife’s piano and my banjo had an uncomfortable and infrequent relationship. Then, after Janet bought me a new guitar for my birthday, she expressed an interest in learning to play my old guitar. She is a very capable musician, and soon we were, together, playing songs of praise on our guitars. I like to think that a new kind of “praise connection” has filled our home.

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At the Core of the Crowd

“Now the tax collectors and ‘sinners’ were all gathering around to hear him.” Luke 15:1

If Jesus were to walk into your town today, I wonder what kind of people He would attract. If you were like the rest of …

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Being a Wise Sports Parent Podcast

If you have children or even grandchildren involved in competitive sports, you know the joys, the pressures, and the impact it can have on the entire family. On Sports Spectrum we’ll be discussing what it means to be a wise sports parent. Former college coach and now pastor Scott Kessler will be joining in the discussion, and we’ll…

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Submitting to God’s Purpose

A Christian worker has to learn how to be God’s man or woman of great worth and excellence in the midst of a multitude of meager and worthless things. Never protest by saying, “If only I were somewhere else!” All of God’s people are ordinary people who have been made extraordinary by the purpose He has given them.

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“who touched Me?”

It is said that the number one fear in life is public speaking, ranking higher than even the fear of death. As a comedian once observed, that means that at a funeral, people would rather be in the coffin than give the eulogy!

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First Response

When my husband, Tom, was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery, I began to call family members. My sister and her husband came right away to be with me, and we prayed as we waited. Tom’s sister listened to my anxious voice on the phone and immediately said, “Cindy, can I pray with you?” When my pastor and his wife arrived, he too prayed for us (James 5:13-16).

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Sports Parenting

Parenting and sports collide to present to us both great challenges and great opportunities. We have all seen the extremely unfortunate expressions of sports parenting, embodied in soccer moms, tyrant dads, and helicopter parents. But those are just the negative extremes. What about the moms and dads (like the parents of Denny Hamlin and Clint…

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The Proper Perspective

The proper perspective of a servant of God must not simply be as near to the highest as he can get, but it must be the highest. Be careful that you vigorously maintain God’s perspective, and remember that it must be done every day, little by little. Don’t think on a finite level.

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Productive Pain

"All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28

I’ll never forget when our youngest child Matthew fell and broke his wrist. It was grotesque! His arm took a sharp left turn at his…

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Embracing the Voice of Truth–Luke’s Story

How do you know if what you’re hearing in church is the truth? When Luke’s mother began to compare what she was being taught in church to what she was reading in the Bible, she found there were vast differences. Discover how Luke and his family found freedom from a misleading religion and were transformed...

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the risk of love

The Grant Study has followed the lives of more than 250 Harvard graduates for 70 years to learn what makes people happy. It revealed that positive emotions make us more vulnerable than negative ones—in part because they expose us to rejection and heartbreak. One man had received a box of 100 loving letters from his patients when he retired from practicing medicine. Eight years later he proudly showed the box to a researcher and began to cry, “I don’t know what you’re going to make of this, but I’ve never read [them].”

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Discover how we all have a spiritual need, and it’s only Jesus who can quench our thirst

When your mouth is dry, your tongue is parched, and the temperature starts to rise, only one thing can satisfy your thirst.

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RBC Ministries operates in conjunction with affiliated ministries in 34 countries, plus partners throughout the world who distribute RBC Ministries’ materials. Our signature publication, the daily devotional called Our Daily Bread, is translated into more than 55 languages.