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Spiritual Olympians

“Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”  1 Timothy 4:7-8 Olyimpian athletes push themselves to extremes in order to “hopefully” win a medal.  How much […]

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Talk is Cheap

Sometimes we are like the apostle Peter before the resurrection, who boldly claimed “I will never deny you Lord.  I am ready to go to prison and to death.” (Luke 22:33)  Jesus knew better, saying “Peter, you will deny me three times on this day alone.”  In other words, talk is cheap.  Claims are just […]

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Spiritual Intensity

According to the following two passages, what mattered most to Paul? “I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24). “Whatever […]

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What is Your Burning Desire?

Never be lacking in zeal , but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  (Romans 12:11) God calls us to be zealous. The word zeal means ‘to be hot enough to boil’. Our world is full of zealots, individuals and groups who are boiling over with passion to advance their beliefs or agendas. Let us not […]

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Stir Up the Inner Fire!

“Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16) If you are a true follower of Christ (not just one who claims to be), God deposited His Spirit in you. That’s a total game changer! “For God has not given us […]

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The Search is On!

Three military recruiters accepted an invitation to address the senior class of a local high school.  Graduation was only a few months away, and the principal wanted his three hundred young people to hear of the options available in the military.  The assembly was to be forty-five minutes in length.  It was agreed that each […]

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Choose Life

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 6:23 We can either go through our days experiencing a slow death, or we can experience the joy and newness of life now and forever.   At some point read Romans 6-8.  Choose to […]

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Stand Up for What You Believe

Part of being a leader is being willing to stand for your convictions, even when the majority of people around you disagree.  God has strategically placed you where you are in order to bring glory to God’s name. For that to occur, you and I must seize opportunities as God provides them.  We don’t want to be like […]

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Are You a Real Christian?

We all know it’s very possible to claim to be a Christian and not really be one. So how do you know? It starts with understanding that to be a Christian means to be a follower of Christ.  So how do you know if you are really following Christ?  Jesus answered this question in Matthew […]

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Lessons From the Battlefield II

“Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs — he wants to please his commanding officer.” 2 Timothy 2: 3-4 The recently released movie, Lone Survivor, is the true story of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who miraculously survived a mission in the desert […]

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