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06.29.15

Paul invested his heart and soul in people. He also invested his time in them -- and nowhere more than in the city of Ephesus. Paul spent three years with the Ephesians, preaching and teaching.

He uses an interesting turn of phrase as he speaks to the Ephesian leaders for the very last time. He tells them that all along, he wanted his...

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06.28.15

It's fun to dream. It's exciting to create a vision for the future.

Maybe it's a business plan you're writing. Or maybe it's a life-plan that covers a number of areas in your personal life.

Read a few books and you'll discover all kinds of ways to make plans. There are even more methods for insuring that you actually carry out the...

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06.27.15

God gives us a brief time here on planet earth. Because our life is so short, he calls us "a passing breeze."

But this little span of time we call a lifetime, though it's only a blip in the eyes of the eternal God, is a supremely valuable gift from him. That's because it's our "time of grace," the time God has given us so that the Holy...

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06.26.15

Did you get the feeling today? By that, I mean the "We're not in Kansas anymore, Toto!" feeling...

Let's face facts. Those who hold that the Bible is completely true in all its parts, and absolutely relevant and applicable to our lives today are now in the minority in the United States. Honestly, we...

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06.25.15

Paul was now on his second missionary journey. He had developed a methodical process for sharing the gospel.

He knows where he wants to begin. He would start with those who already had a base of knowledge about the true God -- the Jews. In this way, he could quickly build up a congregation in a city or town. He would begin with people...

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06.24.15

There's a lot of great leadership advice found in the book of Proverbs. Quite possibly that's because Solomon -- who authored most of the Proverbs -- was one of the most capable leaders to be found in all of history.

You've heard of empire builders like Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar. You know about great statesmen and presidents...

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06.23.15

Asaph must have been a parent.

How can we guess this? Because we can hear the determination in the Psalm-writer's voice when it comes to sharing the word of God with the next generation. The emotion here is so strong, it certainly appears to have been personal for Asaph.

And it may well have been a key motivation for his authoring...

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06.22.15

Sometimes when we go through really tough times in life, we begin to question God's love for us, or God's ability to change things for the better.

Asaph, who wrote Psalm 77, demonstrates a good approach for times like this. He shows us that, as he goes through his own tough times and doubts, he takes the opportunity to step back and...

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06.21.15

This is the age-old debate. Is Jesus enough? Or do we need to add something of our own?

Paul and Barnabas were dealing with some people who had come into their home congregation in Antioch to teach the people that Jesus was not enough. They told the people in Antioch, “Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom...

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06.20.15

As Paul and Barnabas went on their way teaching people the gospel in various towns and cities, they met opposition. In fact, at times they encountered far more than mere opposition. They were met with violent animosity.

Nevertheless, they continued to share the gospel. Town to town. Person to person.

And they keep their...

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06.19.15

God's word has an amazing quality. It's very nature is to spread.

In that way, it's not unlike a bottle of perfume in a room. Once you open that bottle, the fragrance -- by its very nature -- will spread throughout the room.

Paul and Barnabas were going from town to town on their first missionary journey. In each town they told...

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06.18.15

When Jesus lived a perfect life, when he then offered that perfect life as a perfect sacrifice for sin, he did it for the entire world.

Remember what John the apostle wrote?

"He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world" (1 John 2:2, NIV).

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