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Being Moved with God’s Heart of Compassion

Being Moved with God’s Heart of Compassion

When we minister to others, it is so important to be moved with God’s heart of compassion. Whether it is sharing the gospel, praying for healing, casting out evil spirits, or meeting needs, we must allow the Lord’s love to fill our hearts for the people to whom we minister. Ministry is not just about having good answers, saying the right words, or praying the right prayers. First and foremost, it is about having the heart of...

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How Preconceived Beliefs Impact our Spiritual Discernment

How Preconceived Beliefs Impact our Spiritual Discernment

Sometimes we tend to think that when God speaks, moves, or acts, it will be completely obvious that it was God who acted. But in many cases, the Bible paints a dramatically different picture. I was recently drawn to study John 12:27-29, where Jesus is preparing to go to the cross: “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name.”...

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Is Entertainment Depleting your Spiritual Life?

Is Entertainment Depleting your Spiritual Life?

I am convinced that one of the greatest idols in America today is entertainment. It is not that entertainment in and of itself is sinful, but that the prominent place it holds in many of our hearts and lives is alarming. And on top of that, in many cases the type of entertainment that believers choose to engage in is ungodly, compromising, and dishonoring to God. I am often shocked to learn of the type of movies, television, music, books,...

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There are no Shortcuts to Fulfilling your Destiny

There are no Shortcuts to Fulfilling your Destiny

We live in a society that seems to be enamored with quick fixes and shortcut solutions. Fad diets, get-rich-quick schemes, and the desire for fast-track promotions abound. The same can be true in discovering and fulfilling our destiny. We often want the promise without the process; the testimony without the testing; the position without the pruning; the glory without the story; the big without faithfulness in the little; the suddenly...

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Living in Light of Eternity

Living in Light of Eternity

My family and I recently experienced a tragic loss. My wife’s brother, who was thirty-one years old, was killed suddenly in a car accident two weeks ago. The last few weeks have been quite an emotional whirlwind. There has been lots of grief and many tears as we have processed this tragedy. At the same time, we have been overwhelmed by God’s love and comfort, and the support and care we have received from friends, family, and...

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Are You a “Saul” or a “Paul” Type of Leader?

Are You a “Saul” or a “Paul” Type of Leader?

Quite often, the leadership style of King Saul is compared to that of his successor, King David. There is much that can be learned from this comparison, but I once felt prompted to instead compare King Saul to another man named Saul: Saul of Tarsus, better known as the apostle Paul. King Saul started out well, while the apostle Paul started out as a violent persecutor of the church. By the end of their lives however, you would have never...

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The Power of “Waiting on God”

The Power of “Waiting on God”

One of the keys to growing in our relationship with God is engaging in spiritual disciplines. Regular time of reading the Word, praying, worshiping, and other practices help us to grow spiritually and increase in our intimacy with God. An often-overlooked spiritual discipline is what is sometimes referred to as “waiting on God.” In this context waiting on God refers to being still and quiet in God’s presence. This is not a passive...

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Light is Always Greater than Darkness

Light is Always Greater than Darkness

It is worth considering that the first specific act of God–and word from God–recorded in Scripture was to send light into darkness. The Bible records it this way in Genesis 1:1-3: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there...

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The Subtle Danger of False Humility

The Subtle Danger of False Humility

One of the greatest attributes in the kingdom of God is humility. Jesus modeled and taught the importance of humbling ourselves, serving, and not being self-exalting. Pride is a deadly, self-seeking force that is the root of so many other sins and problems. Pride caused the fall of Lucifer and was instrumental in the fall of man. Peter outlines the importance of humility and the danger of pride: “Yes, all of you be submissive to one...

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4 Things that Can Derail Our Destiny

4 Things that Can Derail Our Destiny

The following is derived from chapter 11 of my new book, Discovering Your Destiny. At the end of his life, the apostle Paul could look back and know that he was finishing well. He was able to say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). I certainly hope that I will be able to say the same thing when it’s time for me to go on to eternity. Unfortunately, not every character in the...

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