Love

The Life You Live

The Life You Live

Boaz and Ruth had an interesting courtship, especially by today’s standards. The rich and prosperous Boaz had little in common with the poor foreign widow Ruth, except that he was her “family redeemer” who fulfilled the Jewish marriage and estate laws. You can read their interesting story in the book of Ruth. Their real link […]

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A Choice to Make

A Choice to Make

Love Story was a blockbuster film released in 1970. The prototypical chick flick, it was a schmaltzy tragedy about two young lovers against time. The catch line was “love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Well, I’m sorry, but that’s about as far from reality as you can get. Sorrow, apology, and forgiveness are […]

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Loving God’s Way: A Desire to Give

Loving God’s Way: A Desire to Give

The Bible tells us that God is love (see 1 John 4:8). He is the source and definition of love. He loves us supremely. He has commanded us to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (see Mark 12:28-31). Most Christians are aware of all these things. But what does it mean, […]

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Purpose

Why the Early Church Failed Miserably

Why the Early Church Failed Miserably

Looking at magazine covers, newspaper advertisements, TV shows, and various websites, one message stands out: you need to succeed. Succeed in business, succeed with women/men, succeed in sports, succeed in whatever you attempt. The world values success and scorns failure. These websites, magazines, and networks will help you learn how to be successful. They will […]

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What Is God’s Purpose in Allowing Evil?

What Is God’s Purpose in Allowing Evil?

I wrapped up yesterday’s article by asking this question: Is it possible that God causes evil to occur to fit His purposes? We can state all the opinions we want, but for difficult questions like this we must turn to the Bible for the truth.   God’s judgment on Israel One passage that helps is […]

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Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye

  The time was drawing near. Jesus knew that the events of the next few days would be the pivotal point of all history. It would be the weekend that changed everything. He had been in Jerusalem since the first of the week. Passover was at hand, and the city was full to overflowing for the […]

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Intimacy

LifeQuest Radio Interview

LifeQuest Radio Interview

On Friday, September 20, LifeTalk Radio aired an interview I had with Dwight Lehnhoff. Dwight interviewed me about my book Perfect* and the overall topic of intimacy with God. Dwight is a very skilled interviewer and it was a really enjoyable experience. I’ve uploaded the interview to my audio page, so please listen in. You […]

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Don’t Love the World

Don’t Love the World

“God so loved the world.” “Do not love the world.” A biblical double standard? Hardly. It’s really equivocation on the word world. (Quick vocabulary lesson: equivocation means using the same word with different meanings, usually to try to mislead.) The first verse above means that God loves all of the people He has created. In […]

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Defeating Your Opponents

Defeating Your Opponents

Andy Murray is riding high. After a 77-year dry spell, a man from Great Britain has won Wimbledon. Now comes even more fame and fortune. He can finally relax. He’s the champion. Like any champion, he had to defeat several opponents. Over the fortnight he beat Benjamin Becker, Yen-Hsun Lu, Tommy Robredo, Mikhail Youzhny, Fernando […]

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Truth

Satan, Your Opponent

Satan, Your Opponent

Satan is another opponent you face. He devotes his effort to keeping you and others away from God. If you aren’t a Christian, he’ll do everything he can to keep you enslaved to sin. If you are a believer, he’ll do everything he can to keep you from being intimate with God. Satan doesn’t want […]

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What America Should Do Now

What America Should Do Now

What should we do about Boston? The people there are pulling together under the slogan “Boston Strong.” Many people are contributing time, money, and energy to help the wounded and the families of victims. The search for the suspects believed to have planted the bombs is over. But what about the long term? How can […]

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A Christian Response to the Boston Marathon Bombing

A Christian Response to the Boston Marathon Bombing

We’re all mourning Monday’s attack on innocent people at the Boston Marathon. Three were killed and over a hundred wounded. Some lost one or both legs. Our two primary questions now are who and why. Who would do such a thing? What were they trying to accomplish? Hopefully, we will soon find out and justice […]

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Character

Self — Your Toughest Opponent

Self — Your Toughest Opponent

Pogo was a famous comic strip years ago. Pogo was a possum in Okefenokee Swamp. Surrounded by a motley array of friends, he philosophized about life, politics, or the latest news. You frequently saw Pogo sitting in a pirogue (flat-bottom boat), talking with his alligator friend Albert. One of Pogo’s most famous quotes is, “We […]

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Still Another Three Ways to Walk Away from God

Still Another Three Ways to Walk Away from God

The past three articles have been about moving a different direction from God. As a Christian, that’s something to avoid. Here are three final biblical examples.   Samson didn’t watch where he was going. (Judges 13-16) Having been chosen by God before conception, Samson had a bright future. He could have accomplished great things. Nothing […]

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Three More Ways to Walk Away from God

Three More Ways to Walk Away from God

My last article described three ways to walk away from God. The problem is that we sometimes fail to stay with Him on the same path. This article explores three more ways we can go astray.   Samuel complained about the terrain. (1 Samuel 16) Samuel was at his wit’s end. He had anointed Saul […]

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Faith

Yet Three More Ways to Walk Away from God

Yet Three More Ways to Walk Away from God

The last two articles used biblical characters to demonstrate the problems we cause when we don’t walk closely with God. Today we see three more examples of straying from the path.   The Israelites wanted to go back to the start. (Number 14) They didn’t like what they were hearing. They sensed only danger and […]

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Three Ways to Walk Away from God

Three Ways to Walk Away from God

Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left. (Isaiah 30:21 NASB) The Christian life can be described as a walk with God. The closer we walk with Him, the more we experience His presence, and the better life […]

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Is Easter Only a Day?

Is Easter Only a Day?

As the new week dawned, Jesus’ disciples began to discover what He had tried to tell them all along. He really did rise from the dead. Just as He had the power to raise Lazarus from the dead, He had the power to rise Himself. The resurrection of Jesus stands alone as the pivotal event […]

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