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Let Love Be Genuine

I told many lies about Mr. Rogers when I was growing up. “You know he’s a Navy Seal with dozens of confirmed kills, right? Skull and crossbones tattoos cover his arm; that’s why he wears that Cardigan sweater. Mr. Rogers could destroy Rambo.” I didn’t make those stories up. I heard them. But I believed every one of them. And like any kid in grade school with a sc...

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Think Like a Body

I’m fortunate enough to live within easy access of several popular service stations. Circle K, WaWa, and Race Trac. When I pull in, if there’s a line of cars waiting, I’m instantly aggravated and begin to re-think my decision. If the gas price seems too high, I’m tempted to jet over to one of the others and check their rates. If the pump is going slow, I’m annoye...

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Join the Resistance

“Do not be conformed to this world.” That command—one of the firsts in Paul’s letter to the church in Rome—comes after 11 chapters of deep, rich, beautiful gospel doctrine. Paul has taken his readers on a voyage from the depths of human guilt and depravity that resulted in God’s wrath, to the heights of Jesus death and resurrection that has resulted in our f...

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This is My Story | Jason Best

I was saved at an early age. We started going to church, and I heard about being a Christian and if I confess my sins and ask Jesus into my heart, I would go to heaven. I believe in him and I remember really being on fire for him. I'd would tell my friends and family about Jesus, and wanted everyone to hear the good news.Over the next few years, I really started to stray f...

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This is My Story | Christie

What part of your story do you share in 5 minutes when there is so much to share. The part of my story that I would like to share with you today is the part that haunted me for many years, it’s called Anxiety. Not just anxiety but crippling anxiety. Mayo Clinic describes anxiety as intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. It can cause f...

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The Book Shelf | Family Discipleship

“Discipling your child is not primarily your church’s job, your child’s school’s job, or your pastor’s job. This job is yours. This job is vital and requires your unique best... Making disciples at home is not ‘one more thing’ to add to your list of parental tasks. It is the thing, the primary mission and calling that should undergird every single interact...

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His Ways Past Finding Out

“This is not at all how I thought God would work in my life.” Ever heard that one? Ever thought it yourself? God’s ways are strange. Inscrutable. That’s the word translators used in Romans 11:33. It’s a hunter’s term that means untraceable. You can’t track God. His ways are elusive and beyond us. They’re past finding out....

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This is My Story | Vitali

My name is Vitali. This is my story/testimony: Matthew 5:16 "In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." The Lord has always been very gracious to me. Looking back now, I can clearly see His plan being at work in my life, when He brought me from Russia to America 26 years ago. ...

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This is My Story | Marianne

Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: ​TO THE UNKNOWN GOD Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: God, who made the world and everything in itis not far from each one of us; for in Him...

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Sarah's Trial

Summer was over. We had just returned to our little west coast apartment after enjoying a visit with loved ones in Florida. Somehow we managed to sandwich a brief vacation in between nonstop summer school and fall classes. We had three years of seminary life under our belt and only one more to go. Tommy and I learned to cope with the little down time, little money and ...

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