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The Guaranteed Grace of God

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Sometimes we just want to be left alone, especially when we’re sad or ashamed of ourselves. The truth can scare us. When we’ve done something we shouldn’t have done or feel things that seem too complicated to explain to anyone, many of us hide. Adam and Eve did just this after they disobeyed God in the garden of Eden. But God wouldn’t leave them alone. And he won’t leave us alone either. John...

The One Thing Needed for Spiritual Success

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One day the Rich Young Ruler (let’s call him Chet) comes to Jesus and says, “Hey, good teacher, I’ve done pretty well for myself in life. I’m feeling blessed. I’ve worked hard, tried my best to do what’s right and give back to the community. But, you know, Jesus, I just need to make sure I’ve done everything as thoroughly as I should. What’s the one thing I need to do to have eternal life?” Have...

The Priorities, People, and Practical Aspects of Children’s Ministry

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Anyone who has tried it, even for a day, knows that children’s ministry is challenging. Pastors Deepak Reju and Marty Machowski have been in the trenches and they want to help. Drawing on decades of family ministry experience, they have a passion to help children’s ministry directors, pastors, and volunteers remember the “why” of children’s ministry and gain a fresh vision for “how” to disciple...

Our Teenagers are Worth the Chase

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Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. — Psalm 23:6 MSG Soon after we’d become parents, my wife, Natalie, and I went to see a movie called Courageous on the recommendation of a friend. The opening scene had me holding my breath. The main character, Nathan, pulls up to a gas station driving a top-of- the-line, extended cab pickup truck. He fills up his tank and cranks the engine...

Passing Our Faith on to the Next Generation

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“You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:1–2 The greatest battle we face as men is the battle for truth. Our enemy the devil is a deceiver and the father of lies. Jesus said, “He was a murderer from the beginning, and has...

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