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WIRE.............Want Impact?

Want Impact? If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed—Luke 17:6 We want our lives to matter. We want these few days we spend here to mean something. We want some sort of impact. Well, brother, if we really want impact, we have got to …
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WIRE............ Squinting Through the Fog

Squinting Through the Fog If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God. . . and it will be given him—James 1:5 God knows what’s right in every circumstance. We do not. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the …
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Wire...........Speak Responsibly

Speak Responsibly Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.Let all that you do be done in love—1 Corinthians 16:13-14 Whether it’s two of us or twelve of us or more, when we gather in Christian community, …
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Wake-up Call

Wake-up Call . . . faith apart from works is dead—James 2:26 Imagine yourself, for a moment, standing before our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ. Imagine feeling, at first, a bit apprehensive. Imagine lifting your eyes to his. Imagine his …
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Look Again, Harder This Time

Look Again, Harder This Time . . . and they shall call his name Immanuel. . . God with us—Matthew 1:23 We men often feel alone. Even surrounded by family, friends, work colleagues, we can still feel very much alone. These feelings—not …
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You're Designed for Extremes

You’re Designed for Extremes I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot.Would that you were either cold or hot—Revelation 3:15 There are three approaches to life with God: All In; All Out; and, in the middle, between those, a …
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A Pernicious Loop

A Pernicious Loop . . . he himself gives to all mankindlife and breath and everything—Acts 17:25 There are few more powerful (and potentially harmful) forces at work in the lives of men than the When/Then lie. It goes like this: when we get …
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You're Magnetic

You’re Magnetic Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?—Mark 2:16 God loves us—just as we are, right now. Wow. That’s kind of difficult to accept, is it not ? I mean, it’s hard to feel worthy of that love, …
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Man, What's the Point?

Man, What's the Point? For I was envious of the arrogantwhen I saw the prosperity of the wicked—Psalm 73:3 Do you ever look around, at people who are prosperous and follow God either not much or not at all? Do you ever find yourself envying …
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The Next Chapter

The Next Chapter . . . he is a new creation. The old has passed away;behold, the new has come—2 Corinthians 5:17 We write with God all the time. Working alongside him, we write the stories of our lives. He creates the settings and the …
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Irresponsible Worry

Irresponsible WorryAnd which of you by being anxiouscan add a single hour to his span of life?—Matthew 6:27Something’s coming. Does not it always feel like that? Maybe it’s something financial . . . maybe work-related . . . maybe …
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Messin With Your Heroes

Messin’ With Your Heroes Therefore be imitators of God—Ephesians 5:1 Really? Is it so wrong for us to emulate the life of another man or woman? Is it so wrong to hold another person up, as a role model? Well, the answer is (as it often …
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Who Are Your Heroes?

Who Are Your Heroes? Worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shallServe. Matthew 4:10 We men like heroes. We like to look upward. We start early, as boys, looking up to men and women who do amazing things on grass and turf and hardwood and …
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Restoring Connections

Restoring Connections . . . build up the ancient ruins. . . repair the ruined cities—Isaiah 61:4 Three relationships broke when man fell, so long ago: the relationship between man and God, the relationship between man and himself, and the …
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Building New Gauges

Building New Gauges Do not be conformed to this world—Romans 12:2 We men love to measure things. And we have, at our disposal, highly accurate gauges for measuring just about anything, including the progress of our lives. I mean, we never …
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With Friends Like These . . .

With Friends Like These . . . My brothers, show no partialityas you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ—James 2:1 We men tend toward partiality. Sometimes with forethought, many times with no thought, we give or withhold based upon …
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Prepare for Battle

Prepare for Battle . . . on this rock I will build my church,and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it—Matthew 16:18 We’re designed for battle by our Father God; we’re led into battle by our King, Jesus Christ; …
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Stay Salty, My Friends

Stay Salty, My Friends Woe to you, when all people speak well of you—Luke 6:26 Sooner or later our faith conflicts with friendship. Sooner or later our faith is tested against friendship. You see, the time will come, for each of us, when a …
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Rallying Cries

Rallying Cries Be watchful, stand firm in the faith,act like men, be strong—1 Corinthians 16:13 When we men gather, our gatherings should be about something. Without a something, brotherhood doesn’t last. There are, of course, plenty …
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One Word to Start Over

One Word to Start Over . . . for by your words you will be justified,and by your words you will be condemned—Matthew 12:37 Men sin. We all do. “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John …
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Get Finally Unstuck

Get Finally Unstuck A friend loves at all times,and a brother is born for adversity—Proverbs 17:17 “I’ve got this.” It’s a phrase used often by men, in one form or another. We say it to ourselves; we say it to others. …
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Want More Persevere(ability)?

Want More Persevere(ability)? Your adversary the devil prowls aroundlike a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour—1 Peter 5:8 The ability to persevere—to remain strong and steadfast in the face of difficulties and delays and …
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Emerging from Isolation

Emerging from Isolation For where two or three are gathered in my name,there am I among them—Matthew 18:20 Imagine, for a moment, a man ever isolated, living alone in the mountains, perhaps. Imagine him living a vigorous, adventurous, …
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Trust No One

Trust No One The Lord is my strength and my shield;in him my heart trusts—Psalm 28:7 The Apostle Paul set a challenge before us: “having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor” (Ephesians 4:25). …
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Words of Honor

Words of Honor Outdo one another in showing honor—Romans 12:10 To honor someone is to build them up, to give them a sense of their worth. Prevailing culture teaches us our worth is weighed by worldly measures. And so, “honoring” …
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Gotta Get Humble

Gotta Get Humble . . . count others more significantthan yourselves—Philippians 2:3 Let’s first get straight on what “getting humble” is not. It’s not trying to think poorly of ourselves or denigrating ourselves or …
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Want Some Courage?

Want Some Courage? I press on toward the goal for the prizeof the upward call of God in Christ Jesus—Philippians 3:14 In some respects, we know the men we’d like to become. For one, we’d like to be courageous for God, not simply …
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What is the Bold Move?

What is the Bold Move? The Lord is on my side; I will not fear—Psalm 118:6 “What’s the bold move?” It’s a question that should be asked often, in one form or another, when men gather in Christian community. It’s …
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Danger is Your Business

Danger is Your Business What can mere mortals do?—Psalm 56:4 Our King, Jesus Christ, calls us to a new kind of life, his kind of life. “Follow me” is quoted more than fifteen times in the Gospels. Following him, however, goes …
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Real Men Get Sleep

Real Men Get Sleep . . . for I am fearfully and wonderfully made—Psalm 139:14 Our physical frames matter. People see God in and through them. We have spiritual natures, yes, but our physical frames give our spiritual selves home. They also …
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Want Financial Freedom?

Want Financial Freedom? . . . as poor, yet making many rich;as having nothing, yet possessing everything—2 Corinthians 6:10 We ache for financial freedom. We imagine being one day free from worry about money. We dream of security and peace. …
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Doing Too Many Things?

Going Too Many Directions? . . . let us run with endurancethe race that is set before us—Hebrews 12:1 Every man has a sweet spot—a skill, an aptitude, a function that results in maximum impact for a given amount of effort. We’ve …
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Doing Too Many Things?

Doing Too Many Things? The days of my life all preparedbefore I’d even lived one day—Psalm 139:16 There are twenty-four hours in every day. We wish for more. We often act as if there were more: stay at work a little longer; stay up a …
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What's This Margin Thing?

What’s This “Margin” Thing? I am not at ease, nor am I quiet;I have no rest, but trouble comes—Job 3:26 Men are drawn toward extremes. We’re wired to want to explore the edges of things. Going to extremes can be good, …
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Be That Guy

Be That Guy Humble yourselves . . . under the mighty hand of Godso that at the proper time he may exalt you—1 Peter 5:6 Building community in the social context—in the context of our friendships—means reworking existing …
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Family Big Enough?

Family Big Enough? . . . a threefold cord is not quickly broken—Ecclesiastes 4:12 In the family context, building community means building expanded families around our existing, immediate families. These family “expanders” are …
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Alone at Work?

Alone at Work? Whoever isolates himself . . .breaks out against all sound judgment—Proverbs 18:1 Work is a place where we men are apt to live, not as our true selves, but rather as carefully crafted and false versions of ourselves. Work is a …
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Want to Get Stronger?

Want to Get Stronger? They committed themselvesto the teaching of the apostles, the life together,the common meal, and the prayers—Acts 2:42 Want to get stronger? Want to be tougher? Get connected. When we face trials and challenges, those …
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Have You Missed It?

Have You Missed It? . . . he rewards those who seek him—Hebrews 11:6 If God chose to speak to us using methods unmistakable, undeniable—a clearly audible voice or a conversation with an angel, perhaps—identifying his voice would …
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How the Heck Do We Know?

How the Heck Do We Know? . . . show me a sign that it is you who speak with me—Judges 6:17 “That was God . . .” “I felt God nudging me . . .” “I got the sense that God wants me to . . .” We hear words …
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Heard God Through Others?

Heard God Through Others? The Spirit of the Lord speaks by me;his word is on my tongue—2 Samuel 23:2 God speaks through his people. He empowers us as agents to carry his messages—as Ananias did to Saul, as Cornelius did to Peter (and …
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Heard His Still, Small Voice?

Heard His Still, Small Voice? And your ears shall hear a word behind you,saying, “This is the way, walk in it”—Isaiah 30:21 Still, small voice—the words come from the First Book of Kings. The Prophet Elijah emerged from a …
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God Speaks . . . to You

God Speaks . . . to You I am the good shepherd . . .My sheep hear My voice—John 10:11, 27 God’s had direct, personal, reciprocally communicative relationships with a lot of men . . . Abraham, Moses, Gideon, David, Paul. What about you …
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Better Get Used to Mystery

Better Get Used to Mystery . . . my ways higher than your waysand my thoughts than your thoughts—Isaiah 55:9 We men go through lengthy stretches of our lives with an “I’ve got this” posture. We convince ourselves we know …
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Anatomy of an Adventure

Anatomy of an Adventure . . . unless a grain of wheat falls . . . and dies, it remains alone;but if it dies, it bears much fruit—John 12:24 When men head off, toward something in the distance, toward something good and worthy—but also …
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Working or Watching?

Working or Watching? We must work . . . while it is day;night is coming—John 9:4 Ever feel like you’re spending way too much of life watching? I mean, what’s your personal watching-to-working ratio? And, by “working,” …
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Which Type of Man Are You?

Which Type of Man Are You? . . . my God, in whom I trust—Psalm 91:2 One type of Christian man trusts that what Jesus teaches is true . . . but only on an intellectual level. This man appreciates a good sermon, but then goes away and lives …
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Hitting the Throttle

Hitting the Throttle And we all . . . are being transformed. . . from one degree of glory to another—2 Corinthians 3:18 There’s a pattern to the lives of men trying to follow Jesus Christ: sin, confession, repentance, change . . . sin, …
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Miraculous Change

Miraculous Change For the grace of God has appeared—Titus 2:11-12 For us men to truly, in our hearts, want to repent of our sins, repent of our screw-ups—for us to truly want to turn our backs on our old selves, on the self-indulgent …
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Confession Isn't Sufficient

Confession Isn’t Sufficient But if a wicked person turns away from all his sins. . . he shall surely live—Ezekiel 18:21 Confession is necessary, but it is not sufficient. Sufficiency is achieved only when confession is connected with …
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Confession? Ugh . . .

Confession? Ugh . . . . . . for all have sinnedand fall short of the glory of God—Romans 3:23 Confession—real, raw confession—is a critical component of a healthy spiritual life. It’s also an essential element of robust …
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Burdens . . . Bad?

Burdens . . . Bad? Count it all joy, my brothers—James 1:2-4 This age regards the burdens of struggle/hardship/pain as simply bad, to be avoided at all cost—the loss of a job, loss of a career, loss of financial stability, loss of an …
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Asking For Help Stinks!

Asking For Help Stinks! God opposes the proud,but gives grace to the humble—James 4:6 So, carrying burdens is something for which we are built . . . and something which we are supposed to do, as men. God designed us, built us, intends …
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Carrying the Right Stuff?

Carrying the Right Stuff? Strength is for service—Romans 15:1-2 Carrying burdens is something we do . . . as husbands, fathers, friends . . . as men. It’s hardwired into how God designed us, built us. We carry literal burdens; we carry …
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Good . . . How?

Good . . . How? . . . and he will give youthe desires of your heart—Psalm 37:4 When the Apostle Paul wrote the word “good” in the passage below, what did he mean? “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for …
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Too Good...............

Too Good to Miss When I am afraid,I put my trust in you—Psalm 56:3 Most of us men struggle not with the fact that we’re designed for adventure. On some level, we can accept that. No, we tend to struggle rather with what, exactly, …
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You're Made for Adventure

You’re Made for Adventure . . . how long will they not believe in me,in spite of all the signs that I have done?—Numbers 14:11 God the Father designed us for adventures . . . for his adventures. Listen for his call. Imagine a boy …
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Ready to Go? Let's Go.

Ready to Go? Let’s Go. For I am ready . . . even to die in Jerusalemfor the name of the Lord Jesus—Acts 21:13 When we follow him, God will—sooner or later—ask us to do something we don’t want to do, to go someplace we …
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Got Risk . . . Discomfort?

For a day in Your courtsis better than a thousand elsewhere—Psalm 84:10 Years spent in luxury and comfort can’t compare to one day spent with God—in his presence; experiencing his love; living his truth; doing his work. And, …
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Don't Forget.............

Don’t Forget the Invite . . . and he will give you another Helper—John 14:16 With his time on earth ending, Jesus told his disciples, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever . . …
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Mistakes In Gathering....................

Mistakes in Gathering . . . if anyone thinks he is something,when he is nothing, he deceives himself—Galatians 6:3 When we men relent and finally accept that we’re designed for community with other men, we nearly always start with the …
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Here We Are...............

We’re Here, Now What? Love one another with brotherly affection—Romans 12:10 We can’t live the full lives promised to us by our King, Jesus Christ, if we’re not in regular, authentic community with other guys. And the …
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With Whom Do You Gather?

With Whom Do You Gather? For where two or three are gathered . . .there am I among them—Matthew 18:20 We men often find it hard to gather with other men in Christian community. Calendars are full: “I just don’t have time for one …
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With Whom Do You.............

With Whom Do You Gather? For where two or three are gathered . . .there am I among them—Matthew 18:20 We men often find it hard to gather with other men in Christian community. Calendars are full: “I just don’t have time for one …
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Light it up...................

Light It Up . . . Right Where You Are You are the light of the world—Matthew 5:14 The strongest evidence that we are where God wants us—in our jobs, in our careers, in our cities—is simply that we’re there. God Almighty …
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Refocusing the Drive

Refocusing the Drive greatest among you become as the youngest. . . leader as one who serves—Luke 22:26 We men devote so much of our mental attention and hard work to our own greatness. We plan for advancement; strategize next moves; put our …
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Do You....................

Do You Compartmentalize? Surely the Lord is in this place,and I did not know it—Genesis 28:16 We men have a remarkable ability to compartmentalize—to believe in different realities, depending on the day of the week. We’re able to …
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May The Force....Be You

May the Force . . . Be You . . . what I want mostly is for men to pray—1 Timothy 2:8-10 There are many forces at work in this world—forces colliding, reacting to each other, influencing one another. And you, brother, are one of them. …
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Going Through Hell

Fear not, for I am with you—Isaiah 41:10 You know when you’re in the thick of it—facing tough financial circumstances, or maybe a problem with work or a relationship, or a health issue or an addiction? You know that “I just …
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Gearing Up for Work

Gearing Up for Work you laid aside the old self . . .and have put on the new self—Colossians 3:9-10 At work, we serve. We serve the users of products and services that we and our companies produce and sell. But what about the people working …
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It Matters

. . work with a smile on your face. . . you’re really serving God—Ephesians 6:5-8 How do you think about work . . . about your work? Is it awesome? Drudgery? A calling? A means to an end? Separate from your faith? An expression of your …
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Living With Urgency

he night is about over, dawn is about to break—Romans 13:11-14 No question, a lot of us men are living in “I know, I know” mode . . . in “I’m gonna do it, but just not right now” mode. You see, we know …
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Unmitigated Genius

He will teach you all things—John 14:26 What’s the Holy Spirit like? Well, we know he’s a genius, but not the kind we’re used to. His genius is “not of this age nor of the rulers of this age” (1 Corinthians 2:6). …
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Solve the Scripture Problem

Solve the Scripture Problem Your word is a lamp to my feetAnd a light to my path—Psalm 119:105 We must read Scripture, brother. God chose those words for you and for me. “Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure …
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What You Love to Do?

Get away with me and you’ll recover your life . . .Learn the unforced rhythms of grace—Matthew 11:28-29 We’re all built by the same creator. And we’re built by him to “come home,” every so often. This coming home …
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Getting Some Solitude

Gettin’ Some Solitude Jesus Himself would often slip awayto the wilderness and pray—Luke 5:16 Why are we men so bad at solitude? Our king did it quite well. As a man, Jesus knew his limitations. He understood his need to connect with …
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Bringing Our Live

Bringing Our Lives into Alignment get out there and walk . . .on the road God called you to travel—Ephesians 4:1-3A steel beam has integrity when its purpose, its design, its manufacture, and its use are aligned. Said another way, to have …
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Becoming faster

Becoming Fast & Lightlay aside the old self . . .and put on the new self—Ephesians 4:22-24Imagine being fast and light when moving through this life. Imagine being free from things that weigh you down, hold you back. Imagine being free to …
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Dare You To Pray This

Dare You to Pray This . . .Create in me a clean heart, O God,And renew a steadfast spirit within me—Psalm 51:10-11In the aftermath of adultery and murder, King David pleaded with God. He begged God not to cut him off (Psalm 51:11). You see, …
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What God is like

What God is LikeI do believe; help my unbelief—Mark 9:24What should we believe about God? We’re told He’s big and powerful—so big and so powerful, in fact, that he created . . . everything (Colossians 1:16). We’re told …
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When and why should we pray

 I’m going to start off with some bible verses and then maybe close with a sample prayer. First off why do we pray? Is it because we hear that’s what we’re supposed to do. Is it because God (Jesus) tells us to? Should we …
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be careful what you pray for

We were talking about I don't even know what, but it came out that I had picked on this one boy for a whole school year everyday for mostly no reason at all. I would act like I wanted to shake hands just as a means to get within striking distance of him. I was telling Jami that I couldn't even remember his name; however, I think it was Phil. Looking back and seeing bits and pieces of the way I used to be and act I felt kind of sick to my stomach. I felt the Holy Spirit telling me
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