Thoughts on Prayer from Ephesians

How is your prayer life? Mine needs some help. As someone said to me yesterday, prayer is the most foundational source of our power, yet for many of us it remains the final frontier. Perhaps in this culture more than ever, it can be a struggle to simply stop, lock it down, and be quiet …

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Feed Yourself

Pick up a Bible. Open the YouVersion Bible app. Dig into the truth of scripture. Listen to it. Highlight it. Meditate on it. Journal with it. Wrestle with it. Pray over it. Apply it. This is what it looks like to hear from God. This is what it looks like to walk in the Spirit. This …

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The True Israel in Jesus

I appreciate and agree with Iain Duguid’s discussion of “replacement theology” in his commentary on Numbers 24: Some Christians believe that Old Testament promises that speak of “Israel” are only intended for ethnic Israel and not for the church. For them, Balaam’s prophecies speak of a glorious future for the physical descendants of Israel, but […] …

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The Sacred Romance

Is your heart gripped by a story deep within you? Listen to this excerpt from The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of God: "Someone or something has romanced us from the beginning with creek-wide singers and pastel sunsets, with the austere majesty of snow-capped mountains and the poignant flames of autumn colors telling us …

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Truth and Transformation

One of the core values that we celebrate about the culture of the Christian school where I teach is our open pursuit of truth. As in any body of believers, our community comes from a wide range of denominational backgrounds and holds to a broad spectrum of beliefs. But within this ideological and theological diversity we've created a safe space that …

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The God of Family

In his book, Gods at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart (2013), Kyle Idleman develops the central idea that we all worship something. We are beings created for worship, and if God isn't the recipient of our time, money, attention and affections, other things are. In chapter twelve, Idleman shows how God tested Abraham. God knew that Abraham's …

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Ganz on Grace and Freedom

Is there an evangelical Christian that has not wrestled with the mystery of life under grace? Virtually every modern follower of Jesus has spent some time considering the tension between living in the freedom of Christ's forgiveness vs. James's sobering reminder that "faith without works is dead." We believe that we are free in Christ, utterly free from the …

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