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1 John 4:7-8

This month I’m speaking on a summer series at the Cornerstone Church in Centerville, Ohio, on the theme “Tough Questions on the Existence of God.”

Last night I spoke on “How Do I Connect With God?” I pointed out that sometimes our connection with God is short-circuited. One of the ways this may happen is by an unscriptural attitude about our relationship. Continue reading

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Psalm 144

“A Song to the Lord Who Preserves and Prospers His People,” is the heading in my Bible to this Psalm.

However, have you ever wondered in times of affliction, adversity, and sorrow, “where is the Lord?”

Have you ever felt so vulnerable, defenseless, and unsafe that you didn’t feel protected?

Have you ever suffered through periods of failure, loss, or poverty that prosperity seemed like a far distant, unrealistic dream? Continue reading

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1 Chronicles 28:9-20

If you knew that you were nearing the end of your life, what advice would you want to share with your son or daughter?

What wisdom would you impart to your loved ones?

What challenge or charge would you issue your family to carry out following your demise? Continue reading

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Psalm 34:18

When do you most feel the Lord’s presence in your life?

We might think it’s when we’re gathered with fellow Christians in worship on Sunday. Or when we’re surveying the beauty of God’s creation from a mountain top. Or relaxing by the seashore enraptured with the kaleidoscope of colors of a majestic sunset. Or maybe when we look into the precious face of our newborn child or grandchild. Continue reading

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Acts 24:22-27

Josh McDowell, the author of several books on Christian evidences, once remarked that even if he could answer every question a skeptic could throw at him, he still may not believe.

Why? Continue reading

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Acts 11:19-30

Some time ago a nationally popular denominational preacher spoke to a group of Muslims that one blogger described as “cozying up to extremists.”

Aside from that, one of the things that intrigued me was what he thinks the church needs to be fighting, what he called 5 global giants. — war, poverty, corruption, disease, and illiteracy. While I admit these are huge challenges and agree that as good citizens we ought to be concerned about them, is this the true, scriptural mission of the church? Continue reading

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Luke 24:1-11

“Christianity is in its very essence a resurrection religion,” wrote John R. W. Stott. “The concept of resurrection lies at its heart. If you remove it, Christianity is destroyed.”

In his commentary on Luke, Colly Caldwell offers this observation regarding Jesus’ resurrection. “This singular event establishing His divinity forms the unique aspect of Christianity which rises about all other world religions.” The remains of all other religious founders remain buried. But the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth is empty. Continue reading

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Joshua 24:15

“You are the possessor of a great and wonderful power,” wrote J. Martin Kohe.

“This power,” penned Kohe, “when properly applied, will bring confidence instead of timidity, calmness instead of confusion, poise instead of restlessness, and peace of mind instead of heartache.”

And what is this great power? Continue reading

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Joshua 7:20-21

Through the years Preachers have devised some interesting titles for this text.

“An Achan Heart”

“What’s Achan You?”

“God’s Prescription for an Achan Home”

“The Sin of an Achan Heart.” Continue reading

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Colossians 4:5-6

“Christians are to be the good news before they share the good news,” opined Jospeh Aldrich in his book Lifestyle Evangelism.

Aldrich’s observation reminds me of a quote credited to Francis of Assisi who said, “Always preach the Gospel, and when necessary, use words.”

Both ideas suggest that evangelism is more than just a Monday night event. More than joining an outreach group. More than giving away free Bibles at Starbucks. More than going door to door to find prospects. Continue reading

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