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A Prayer for the New Year

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This prayer is from David Campbell’s book Heart Cries to Heaven, found on Tim Challies’ blog Our great and Gracious God, As we come to the close of another year, we would indeed make it the prayer of our hearts that you would abide with us. We thank you that you have been with us […]

Not Ashamed of the Gospel

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“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes, first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” Romans 1:16 NIV Christians should not be ashamed of the truth. We should not compromise on the essentials of what we believe the Bible teaches and […]

Want to live and thrive? Guard Your Heart

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Our District Superintendent of the EFCA Southeast, has a saying which I remember clearly: “The mother of all disappointment is unmet expectations.”  To be fair, he is actually a really positive, hopeful, and encouraging person.  He is not a natural pessimist, or one given to “the sky is falling” mentality.  But over the years, Glen […]

Maddening Theologies

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In their book The Diamond of Adversity, Robert C. Palmer and Heather Palmer Welesko (father & daughter) explain that suffering is complex; it is much more than a 1-dimensional problem.  To effectively deal with suffering, it is better to look at suffering from a number of different aspects (imagine a cut diamond and its many […]