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Born Free

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Born Free

“If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36

I remember one commute when I ended up following a busted-up pickup truck that sported a bumper sticker proudly announcing, BORN FREE. As I thought …

A Bigger Shovel - Strength For The Journey

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A Bigger Shovel

It’s interesting to me that Jesus taught more about money than any other subject. He consistently talked about the importance of generosity and the deadly danger of greed. To the …

More Than a Hobby

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More Than a Hobby

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19

For most people I know, fishing is a hobby. Some approach it casually, picking up a pole and dipping a few worms in the lake …

Love and Life on the Big Screen

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Love and Life on the Big Screen

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

One problem with Bible-polished rule keepers is that from a distance we all tend to look pretty good. Especially compared to those who don’t keep …

It’s All Good

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It’s All Good

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

Auguste Bartholdi traveled from France to Egypt in 1856. His artistic mind was stimulated by the grandeur of the pyramids, the magnitude of the mighty …

Visible Reminders

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Visible Reminders

“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”  Colossians 3:2

What’s the first image you see when you turn on your computer? Maybe it’s a family portrait or a special vacation picture. Or perhaps your …

Summertime

“God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” Genesis 2:3

The old Porgy and Bess tune that declares, “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy”no doubt was written when life was so much different than what …

Saying “I Do”

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Saying “I Do”

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Ephesians 5:25

No doubt about it, wedding season is in full swing. It’s the time when the words “I do” are heard in churches all over the country …

Getting Away From It All

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Getting Away From It All

“He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.” Psalm 23:2-3

A pastor friend of mine was telling another pastor about the long-awaited vacation that he and his family were preparing for. The other pastor immediately …

Agents of God’s Glory

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you …

Wreck-less Drivers

“I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

I’m not sure who came up with the idea of driving around in circles on a small track in a tiny machine; nevertheless, riding go-karts …

Pay Attention!

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Pay Attention!

“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4:16

I would love to have a dollar for every time I heard my Mom say, “Joe, pay attention to what you’re doing!” As I was …

Solid Rock and Sinking Sand

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Solid Rock and Sinking Sand

“Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:24

When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, it wreaked mind-boggling destruction. Countless homes and lives were washed into the sea, and the things …

Stop by Joe Stowell

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Stop by Joe Stowell

Psalm 131:2 reminds us of the importance of calming and quieting ourselves. Join us as Joe Stowell talks about the necessity of spiritual disciplines like prayer and solitude, and encourages you to “stop” in the midst of your hectic, fast-paced days.

Bull’s-Eye!

“Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth.”  Psalm 86:11

If we’re not careful, we may become like the man who prided himself on being an expert archer. The secret to his success was that …