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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Chan’s Challenge to the Church

The following passages are excerpts from the introduction of Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit (Francis Chan, 2009). "There is a big gap between what we read in Scripture about the Holy Spirit and how most believers and churches operate today. In many modern churches, [New Testament believers] would be stunned by …

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New Testament Simplicity

In his book, The Road to Reality, K.P. Yohannan describes the material life of those who follow Jesus. Check out these hard-hitting quotes and notice the radical contrast between the message of our culture and that of our Lord. Where am I laying up treasure? "The conclusion is inescapable: In light of the present world condition and the …

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Christmas and the Unity of Family

It's an amazing time of year. Despite the well-documented secularization of North American society, December 25 continues to be the most venerated holiday on the yearly calendar. In the name of this special season, countless trips are taken, roads traveled, and flights flown so that families can be reunited. It's hard to fully explain the …

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Let All the Earth Hear His Name

Enjoy this praise passage, from Isaiah 12. 1 You will say in that day: "I will give thanks to you, O LORD, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. 2 "Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD …

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Creating a Margin

The following is an excerpt from The Overload Syndrome (by Richard A. Swenson, M.D., published by NavPress in 1998): "When I look deeper at the life of Christ, I also notice that there is no indication He worked twenty-four hour ministry days. He went to sleep each night without having healed every disease in Israel - …

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Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It

Here is a classic calling for believers of all ages and cultures, from Isaiah 1: 16 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, 17 learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause. That is …

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