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“And For Him, You Kill the Fatted Calf!”

Without a doubt, one of Jesus’ greatest parables (or at least most well-known) would be the one found in Luke 15 about the Prodigal Son. We love putting ourselves in the shoes of the one that departed and has found their way home after a long and soul-sucking sojourn, only to have the father that …

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The Humanity of Idolatry in the Bible

Baal. Zeus. Ashteroth. Hermes. Call them what you want, but they all have one thing in common: their uselessness. However, that certainly did not stop people from worshipping them for hundreds and even thousands of years. Great monuments and ornate temples were set up every day to pay homage to these images, giving respect to …

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Nine Reasons You Should NOT Skip Bible Genealogies

There’s a story of an old Scots minister who was reading from the first chapter of Matthew’s gospel. He started reading, “Abraham begat Isaac, and Isaac beget Jacob, and Jacob begat Judah,” and he looked on ahead and saw the list to follow and said, “and they kept on begetting one another all the way …

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Should I Have Confidence in Salvation?

Yes. If you don’t want to read any further, and you’re content with a one-word answer to this question that has (for some reason) stumped just about everyone on the planet, you can stop reading there and move on with your life. I won’t be offended, I promise. Ok, maybe a little. The truth is, …

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Three Things to Pray For Today

Every Christian knows to pray, but sometimes, the hardest part is knowing what to pray for. The old standby’s are always there — health, comfort, healing, peace, forgiveness, et. al. — but what are some other ones that we’re missing that we absolutely should include? Pray for a Stable Political System You don’t need me …

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Three Life-Changing Lessons From Nehemiah

Nehemiah has been used by Christians and executives alike – the first praising him for his faith, and the second for his leadership skills.  But there are a ton of lessons from Nehemiah that have nothing to do with leadership at all, and everything to do with getting work done, pushing through discouragement, along with …

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Is This Our Year of Jubilee?

Every 50 years, the nation of Israel would pause for an entire year. They didn’t work — they didn’t even prepare to work — and they didn’t harvest.  They didn’t collect debts. They didn’t work their cattle. They didn’t even send their sons into the field. What they did do, however, was take a year-long …

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What Can Proverbs Say About My Money?

If you’re going to take financial advice, why not take it from the wealthiest man that ever walked the face of the earth? Better yet, why not take it from the guy who is the wealthiest and the wisest man that ever walked the face of the earth? According to 1 Kings 3:13-14, God honored …

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Can Daniel’s Eating Habits Teach Us How to Evangelize?

Most of us have a hard time even pronouncing “evangelize,” much less able to practice it in our everyday lives. We crave lessons on evangelism, we wonder how we should evangelize to people at work, at school, or even online, Desperate in our pursuit of knowledge, we pore over books on evangelism to learn how …

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Escaping the Cult of Busyness

The story of Martha and Mary in the Bible has always fascinated me. In Luke 10:38-42, Jesus is at the home of Mary and Martha – two women who, along with their brother Lazarus, are close companions of Jesus. As any host would be with such a distinguished guest, Martha is the epitome of busyness, …

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