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The unloved, the unlikely, and the unprepared

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In John 4, Jesus Christ met a woman from the city of Samaria who had come for water to the well where He was resting. When Jesus’s disciples returned to Him with food from the city, “they marveled that he was talking” with her (v. 27). Why? Because it seemed evident that there was no

The “Not Now” View vs. the “Right Now” View, part 2

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Read the previous post here. In John 4:35 Jesus said to His disciples, “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.” The disciples weren’t expecting a harvest there in Samaria, at least not

The “Not Now” View vs. the “Right Now” View

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I thrill to read of the 3000 saved when the Apostle Peter preached in Acts 2 on the Day of Pentecost. I glory in reading of people coming in great numbers to Christ when George Whitefield, or Jonathan Edwards, or Charles Spurgeon preached. I believe such spiritual harvests actually happened as reported. And I pray

Walk with the Wise

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We’ve all heard of the three “wise men from the east” (Matthew 2:1) and the role they played in the story of Jesus’ birth. Who are the three wisest people you know? Do you know how to gain wisdom like theirs? Wise King Solomon wrote in Proverbs 13:20, “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise.”

Equipping the Generations: Family Ministry & Motherhood (Part 2)

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[Read part one of this post here.] Then I heard Jean tell her own story. She would keep Bibles open in several rooms—in the kitchen, nursery, bathroom—and look at them when she could. While preparing a meal or changing a diaper, she’d glance over and perhaps read only one verse. But this intentionality helped her

Equipping the Generations: Family Ministry and Motherhood (Part 1)

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Twenty-four years of pastoral ministry have taught me that moms—especially mothers of young children—often come to church feeling tired, then return from church feeling guilty. While at church, they hear sermons and announcements about doing evangelism and serving in the church, and they often sense that they are failures at both. There never seems to

Connect Spirit with Truth

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When it comes to spirituality, you do what you do because you believe what you believe. Regardless of the importance you consciously place upon it, theology drives and determines your spirituality. For example, you pray the way you do because of your theology. And there are certain ways you do not pray, more because of

Who Could Sin After Seeing the Transfiguration?

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One of my favorite stories in the Gospels is the Transfiguration of Jesus. I sometimes imagine that if I could go back in time and be present for any event in the Gospels prior to the crucifixion, I would choose the Transfiguration. And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John

Ask often, “What does the Bible say?”

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Some of the most important changes in my life occurred when I thought to ask, “What does the Bible say about this?” The way I spend the Lord’s Day, for example, and my thinking about what activities please God in worship were dramatically changed when I purposed to study what God’s Word said about those

Bless you!

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Sneeze, and someone is likely to say, “Bless you!” Back in the days of Moses and his brother Aaron, to speak words of blessing to someone was no empty formality. In Numbers 6:22-27, God provided specific instructions for how the Old Testament priests were to pronounce the Lord’s blessing on His people: The Lord spoke