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Strength and Support: Addressing Domestic Abuse within the Church

Domestic Abuse in the Church

Amid the darkness and despair that accompany domestic abuse, victims desperately long for comfort, guidance, and inner strength. In Psalm 121:1—2, we find words that resonate with our heart’s desire to seek help and more importantly receive help: “I lift my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” How does the Lord bring help to...

How Do We Power Up for the Christian Life?

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Since the days of Pac-Man, gamers have been on a quest for power. Whether it’s the star man in Super Mario Bros., a bottled fairy in Hyrule, or catching “On fire!” in NBA Jam, gamers are looking for special items and opportunities that transform their abilities and give them extra strength to conquer enemies. The change a power-up brings can make all the difference! We also need power to grow and...

Is it Okay to Use Recreational Drugs?

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When I became a Christian while a sophomore in college, recreational use of drugs was illegal everywhere at all times. It seemed obvious to me that engaging in illegal activity of whatever sort would be contrary to my commitment to Christ. Though I could easily add other reasons for abstaining from the use of illicit drugs, the legal status of these drugs made the choice clear. Not surprisingly...

The Impact Memorizing Scripture Has on Your Children

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As I backed my car out of the driveway with my two daughters in the backseat, three-year-old Kristi commented, “God made the house!” pointing to the house across the street. She was learning in her preschool Sunday school class that God made the trees, the birds, the flowers . . . God made everything. However, in her immense six-year-old wisdom, Amy corrected her younger sister, telling her, “A...

Marriage as a Covenant

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On August 27, my wife Lauren and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. Back on that sizzling summer day in 1983, in that non-air-conditioned First Baptist Church building in Asbury Park, NJ, we made a covenantal commitment to one another in the presence of God and a crowd of witnesses. Our vows to each other reflected the nature of Christian marriage: a God-designed, lifelong, solemn...

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