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The Most Important Thing to Know
If you have any interest in following Jesus, you may ask if there is some way to identify what is the most important thing to know. ... (read more)

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The Last Letter
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'What prevents me from being baptized?'
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Following Jesus Is Not About You
The key words for following Jesus are things like "deny yourself," "die with Jesus," "being crucified with Christ."... (read more)
The Immovable Ladder
So it's come to pass that a ladder has been in place for over 250 years; there are writings from the 18th century that mention it. No one really knows where it came from. Nobody uses it. The ladder stands as a symbol to the division in Christianity.... (read more)
What a Rescue Dog Taught Me About God
All we want to do is please God, follow Jesus, and stay connected in through life. All because God loved us and Jesus saved us.... (read more)
The Instructions
The instructions help to explain everything! You have to read them to know what you should look like. Study God's word, The Bible, and experience how all the pieces fit into place.... (read more)
An 'Even If' Faith
We need an "even if" faith. We need the kind of faith that says, "Lord, I'll believe in you even if you don't do what I hope. I'll believe in you even if you don't answer this prayer the way I want. I'll believe in you no matter what."... (read more)
Are You Looking for Love?
...because He does love us, He is not governed by what we think is best for us or what we are sure is the best thing for our life. ... (read more)
'Where does my help come from?'
What's your hope for the future? Who or what are you putting your trust in? Let me encourage you to fully trust in the Lord and his salvation.... (read more)
How Satan Wants to Separate You from God
He uses the same approach because it works so well.... (read more)
Responsible for Your People
The most basic principle of leadership is to keep safe and take care of the people for whom you are responsible. And they had failed!! They were to protect, take care of, feed and render first aid, but all they did was secure their wellbeing. And the resu... (read more)
I know that just as my childhood trophies have lost their value to me, I'll one day look at all the things that seem so important to me now and see that they are like trash compared to knowing Christ. On that day, I'll lay my trophies down and receive wha... (read more)
Shut Up or Cheer Up
Answer this one question for yourself: do I believe in Jesus? ... (read more)
Holy Land
I am a temple of God because God lives in me. He comes to live in every person who is born again of water and Spirit. ... (read more)
I Did Not See That Happening
Until everything crashes down. You just really did not see that happening. Until it did. ... (read more)
The Old Spy's Request
While the lessons are numerous when studying the life of Caleb, the single ever present aspect is his commitment to following God whether on a secret mission, unsuccessfully arguing to take the land, waiting 40 years or finally defeating the enemy.... (read more)
The God Who Loves a Party
So one day, there will be a party to end all parties. God's people will gather from all nations, all languages, and even all times to celebrate the final victory over sin and death.... (read more)
Four Errors Do Not Make a Home Run
It is better to find out what God expects you to do to be approved by Him. Then live accordingly.... (read more)
He Chose Poorly
Ronald Wayne helped Jobs and Wozniak start Apple; in fact, he wrote the document that formally created Apple. He soon got cold feet, however, and sold his stake in the company for $800. He eventually signed an agreement renouncing all claims against Apple... (read more)
Do You Believe in Jesus?
It is an easy thing to affirm belief in Jesus. It is a different matter entirely to follow him...... (read more)
Thinking about Heaven... Again
I have fewer days ahead of me than behind me, and I recently have been reminded by those with fewer things than I, about having family and friends in Heaven with you.... (read more)
Dressing Down for God
But one thing hasn’t changed. Coming before God still requires that we take off our aspirations of “glory and beauty.” We don’t show off for God. We don’t try to impress him with who we are or what we’ve done.... (read more)
Revisionist History
Relationships can be healed, your mess can become your message, and joy, peace, hope, and purpose can be yours. ... (read more)
The Elephant Is Still an Elephant
But I think there's something that we need to remember as we listen to this story. The elephant never stopped being an elephant. Despite what these men said, it wasn't a pillar or a rope or a branch or a fan or a wall or a spear. It was an elephant.... (read more)
You Have To Decide Who Jesus Is
That would mean he really did die for you sins. It would mean he really was raised from the dead.... (read more)
They Ran!
Then as they gazed at the place where his remains should have been they hear the words "He is risen!" Those words changed their lives, changed the world. The story is so important that all four Gospels tell it, albeit from different vantage points. ... (read more)
Surprising Service
It was a hot day in the Uruguayan countryside. Gerhald Acosta wasn't allowed to enter the factory that day because his I.D. card had expired. Now he was hitchhiking home, watching car after car pass by him without stopping. Finally an SUV stopped, toge... (read more)
Do I Have to Go to Church if I Become a Christian?
...you are expected to meet with other Christians.... (read more)
The One with the Power
When Jesus lived on this earth, he did a lot of signs and miracles. One of the most amazing was witnessed by only a small group of Jesus' followers. Jesus was in the region of Galilee, near the large freshwater lake called Kinneret, the one sometimes call... (read more)
Setting Up Your Family for the Future
I can start a spiritual heritage in my family right now. In fact, I have spiritually set up my family. You can too. ... (read more)
Subject line of the email simply read, "Mini Brant Reunion". I received that note a few days after visiting my cousin and his wife on Long Island, a cousin I hadn't seen in 45 years. The gist of that brief email was that we should have a family reunion. T... (read more)
The Least of These
While on vacation in New York, a French tourist named Karine Valnais Gombeau was deeply moved by the number of homeless people she saw. When she noticed a disheveled-looking man searching through the trash near Grand Central Station, she quickly offered h... (read more)
How Can I Read Them All?
But God also knows that he has a message for you. The Bible.... (read more)
Have You Seen The Grand Canyon?
It was May 1982. Five of us were driving from Texas to Long Beach, California, to spend the summer working with a church there. We decided to drive "the northern route" (Interstate 40) so that we could stop by and see the Grand Canyon.... (read more)
I Am Begging You to Do One Thing
So I am begging you… Get back together with God. ... (read more)
A Call from God
Getting a call from God was unusual but not unheard of as one reads the Bible. However, if you were the recipient of such an interaction, life changed.... (read more)
God Wants Everybody To Be Saved
Pray for everybody. That's what the apostle Paul tells his friend Timothy in the second chapter of the book of the Bible we call 1 Timothy. He says to pray for kings and rulers so that "we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness... (read more)
You Can Stop Living in the Past
The future will always look better than our past.... (read more)
The Wise Men
So Christmas has come and gone. Or has it? The 12 days of Christmas don't end on December 25. They begin either on the 25th or 26th, depending on which region of the world you are in, and run right through Epiphany, on January 6.... (read more)
The Best New Year Ever
Jesus offers the one real chance to start over, to be forgiven, and to find purpose. ... (read more)
The Reason
Ordained by God, proclaimed by prophets, heralded by angels, and hoped for by His creations, the story of the Savior's birth still resonates today in the hearts of mankind.... (read more)
God With Us
Immanuel. A beautiful name that means "God with us." It's a name that we associate with Christmas, for it's mentioned in Matthew's telling of Jesus' birth. But Immanuel was actually someone who lived a long time before Jesus.... (read more)
Baby Jesus Grew Up... and then He Died
The cross is not cute, nor is it cuddly. But it is life.... (read more)
The Choirboys Led the Charge
The special troops that the king sent out were singers! These men marched at the front of the army, singing and praising God. They celebrated the victory that God had promised, even before it happened.... (read more)
Walk This Way
There are excuses and objections to overcome if you want to follow Jesus. But we walk on with purpose.... (read more)
Be Strong and Courageous
He had been the apprentice, assistant, the adjunct for years. Now it was time for him to be the leader of the raucous, nomadic, and hard headed group of under achievers. Now he was responsible…for everything. Whatever he decided would affect the lives o... (read more)
Be Careful Where You Build
If you're going to spend over $650,000 building a new house, there's one important thing to do before you begin: make sure you are building in the right place.... (read more)
Have You Stopped Believing in God?
But I do believe he loves us, does what is best, and is preparing us for a better life that never ends. ... (read more)
Choose This Day
"Choose this day…" Joshua, the leader of God's people, was addressing his countrymen. They had conquered the land that God had promised to give them and were ready to settle in their new homes. Now Joshua calls on them to make a choice.... (read more)

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