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One Step to Make the Economy Roar

Participate in the blessing economy by crossing a typical social boundary or barrier. ...

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One Thing to (Re)Create A Great Culture

God has positioned us to bless others...

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As It Turns Out, God's At Work

God's at work, even in our darkest times. ...

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Monday Strong and Courageous

Faced with all sorts of uncertainty, Ruth takes a small courageous step of faith. God's Spirit makes us strong to do the same kind of work....

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What If This Was the Cure to What Ails Us?

Kinship that has morphed into friendship is demonstrated by Ruth's commitment to Naomi. ...

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When God Seems Out To Get You

God sometimes seems out to get us. Naomi and Ruth's story shows us that's not true...and we have to fight for what is....

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Grace, Even in the Darkest Hours

God's grace is available to us, even in difficult times. Sometimes we just have to slow down long enough to receive it....

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What Do You Do When You're "Without?"

What we do when our life feels mostly like we're "without" is something we can learn from. ...

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Fighting for God's Goodness, Even When Life Stinks

The book of Ruth opens up with all kinds of heartache. God is still at work, even though it doesn't look like it. ...

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Your Life, Built Right

In a sober warning to the religious leaders, Jesus warns that they will break apart on him as they continue to refuse to recognize him and receive his words. ...

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Three Things to do With Warnings in the Bible

There are lots of warning passages in the Scriptures, how do we receive them as a gift of grace rather than frown upon them as judgmental and angry? ...

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The Good News of Your Inheritance (No Violence Necessary)

The Father and the Son are devoted to sharing their inheritance with you....

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The Problem of Ignoring God's Voice

Israel ignored God's warnings, killing the prophets. We do the same thing. ...

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On Not Being Thomas Jefferson with Jesus

If we stick with Jesus long enough, we'll bump up against something that's hard for us. Stick with it, it's worth it. ...

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How to Justify Your Existence

We all want to be justified on some level. Let God's justification of us carry the day!...

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Two Guys Walk into a Temple

If our understanding of God is warped our prayers will be warped. Our prayers can help us to see as a mirror our picture of God--and help us to do some correction if necessary...

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Strong Convictions, Generous Heart

How do we have convictions and yet live generously?...

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About Your Friend Who Can't Stand Religious People

Jesus didn't get along with self-righteous religious people like many of our friends who aren't Christians. That's good news!...

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Set Free From (Mere) Religion

Jesus frees us from empty religion to a real relationship...

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God Wants You to Be Rich (Truly!)

God gives us earthly money to allow us to invest in something eternal....

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A Once in a Lifetime Investment Opportunity

Jesus challenges us to invest in eternal things...

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What Do We Do With This???

Sometimes we have to remember reading Scripture is a cross-cultural experience. Be patient, do a little digging and we might learn some things....

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The Geico Gecko Helps With Your Problems

Getting creative with problem solving takes a little step back sometimes...

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Religious People's Problem with Jesus

Jesus includes all kinds of unexpected people in his parables and in his kingdom...

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Good News About How to Deal with Unanswered Prayers

Jesus shows us how to continue to trust in God's goodness even in the midst of our disappointment with his slowness to act on our behalf. ...

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A Love Better than a Hallmark Card

Jesus invites us to pray because God is good and God is love. ...

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Fresh Resilience for Your Work Today

The persistent widow persists! How might we persist in our own works that we need to do today? ...

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What if I Don't Pray Enough?

Nobody feels like they pray enough. That's why Jesus gives us instructions to stick with it....

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The Wildly Important Take-Home, Right at the Start

Luke tells us that Jesus tells us that we should always pray and never give up!...

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The Full House

Jesus describes the heart of God to have a full house marked by the gathering of people who were previously overlooked...

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More Important Than the To-Do List

Daily life can cause us to miss out on the kingdom of God...

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Might Be Time to Get Going

It's always easier not to go, not to do things. But there's a core of our relationship with Jesus that compels us to get going. ...

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Great Banquet, Great Heart, Great Joy

Jesus invites us into the great banquet of the kingdom of God...

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Jesus: The Awkward Dinner Guest

Jesus challenges the religious and is kind to the people in the margins. How do we do at matching pitch with our audience? ...

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Clarity Never Comes from the Crowds

Clarity never comes from the crowds. Jesus shows us where it comes from and how to handle the crowd pressures. ...

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Parcheesi, Exorcisms, and the Label Makers

Jesus tells the demons to be quiet even though they're speaking truthfully about who he is. ...

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People To be Loved (Not Just Problems to be Fixed)

Jesus heals and touches people to make them well!...

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What's On the Other Side of Healing

Healing isn't just for us. It's for us to be a blessing to others. ...

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Wait: Peter's Married?!?

Peter's married--he's normal! That means the ways that Jesus intersect his life has something to teach us about how he might want to intersect ours....

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Worship & Witness: The Natural Next Step

When we experience Jesus's power and authority in our lives, there's a response of worship and witness that are natural. We need to share it....

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Joy to the World (Eleven Months Early)

Jesus is the re-humanizing agent in a world full of darkness and corruption and pain ...

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Hope That Overcomes Darkness

The demons are afraid of Jesus--so we have hope for our own battles against darkness. ...

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A Little Something About Demons

A quick look at demons in the Gospels...

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Overcoming Our Authority Issues

Good news: Jesus is the authority we can trust and we were made for....

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Jesus v. ________ For Your Heart

Self-righteousness is one of the biggest competitors for your heart. ...

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Wisdom We Won't Listen To

The prophet is rejected in his hometown--what hometown wisdom we will refuse to listen to? ...

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Jesus's Mission Meets New York, New York

Jesus's mission statement doesn't seem to include us, but that's a good thing....

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Your Joy Meets the World's Pain

Jesus's first sermon, he reads his mission statement from Isaiah...

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The Joy and Problem of Community

Jesus goes home and hangs out at the old synagogue. ...

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Cutting Through the Fog of Temptation

Memorizing Scripture helps to cut through the fog of temptation. ...

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WWJT: Why Was Jesus Tempted?

Description of why Jesus was tempted...

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Lead Us Not Into Temptation

Lord's prayer, lead us not into temptation...

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Overcoming Temptation Part 2

Temptation definition, overcoming it....

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Overcoming Temptation Part 1

Jesus in the desert...

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Jesus the Trailblazer

Helping to understand why Jesus got baptized when he was without sin....

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Just Do It

The crowds obedience in baptism is a good example for us to follow...

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Starting Blocks

Starting blocks kicks off with a reflection on baptism....

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New Year, New Voice for the Connect Devotional

New year and a new voice for the Connect Devotional ...

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