October 31, 2012
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This is why we accept the false reverence—it’s like having a relationship with someone out of state. It doesn’t intrude into your life like a spouse or a good friend does. There is safety in the distance. We secure ourselves against a fuller...

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October 26, 2012
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Picture in your mind's eye an image of a great warrior, a renowned champion, returning home from far off lands. His fame has long preceded him, and now the reports of his feats are confirmed by the scars he bears, the...

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October 23, 2012
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Over the years we've come to see that the only thing more tragic than the things that have happened to us is what we have done with them.

Words were said; painful words. Things were done; awful things. And it...

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October 22, 2012
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Our God is a Warrior because there are certain things in life worth fighting for, must be fought for. He makes man a Warrior in his own image, because he intends for man to join him in that battle.

One day the young...

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October 21, 2012
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I heard a story just this week of a pastoral search committee interviewing final candidates. They asked one qualified fellow, “Do you drink?” “Well, I have an occasional glass of wine with a meal.” One of the elders walked up to him, hit him in...

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October 17, 2012
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Teaching is exalted. Church feels like a seminar—could be intellectual, could be motivational. Good content is what matters. Doctrine is fiercely defended. Members can explain to you theories of the atonement, or seven steps to success, but can’t...

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October 14, 2012
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There is Christianity, and then there is Christian culture. They are not the same. Loving the culture of church is not anywhere close to the same thing as loving Jesus. The Pharisees loved their religious culture—the long prayers, the solemn...

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October 13, 2012
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John Wesley was thirty-five when he experienced the now famous "warming" of his heart-not his mind-toward Christ, and knew in that moment he had become not merely a Christian, but something more-a lover of God. Shortly after...

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October 11, 2012
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It is a matter of the heart, my brothers. There are many offices a man might fulfill as a king - father of a household, manager of a department, pastor of a church, coach of a team, prime minister of a nation...

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October 08, 2012
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In the mythic story of The Lion King, the lion cub Simba is separated in his youth from his father through a murder engineered by his uncle, Scar, the character symbolizing the evil one in our story. Scar arranges for...

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October 02, 2012
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Take a closer look at the story of the prodigal son, one of many stories Jesus told to try to get it into our hearts where we stand with the Father, and how he feels about us. Yes, the prodigal went AWOL, ran off to Vegas...

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