When “God Shows Up”

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“Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” —John 14:21 The Lord’s “[I will] show myself” in that verse jumped out and hit me so hard in regard to all the mystical searching.…

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No Such Thing as Too Close

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I keep thinking about the 2019 New Year’s resolution that our young worship leader made. From onstage he told us: “This year my goal is to get closer to God. I just wanna get so close to him that he’ll have to say, ‘Man, you gettin’ on mah nerves!’” Everyone loved it! And I couldn’t help picturing an adorable toddler…

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Living Dangerously

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Jay Sekulow’s ACLU periodically has to defend a student whose Bible has been confiscated at school and/or the student has been told it’s forbidden to talk about Jesus there, even during free time like recess. Here’s one such report about a fourth grader. I can’t help wanting to take advantage of this kind of situation to turn it on its…

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Not Always What They Seem

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My church has recently used Michael W. Smith’s song “Surrounded (Fight My Battles),” just singing a few rounds of the two repeating lines. It seems to have had a profound effect on the congregation. Here’s my take on why: We are in a battle, soldiers in a spiritual battle. It’s good to acknowledge that. Paul likens Timothy to “a good…

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Debt Free College? It Can Be Done!

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“Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you” (2 Chronicles 14:11). [I published the book Debt Free College—We Did It! in 2002. The article here was published in The Lookout magazine (March 7, 2004, Standard Publishing). So keep in mind the time references are from a 2004 perspective. Though stats have changed since then (they’re worse!), the…

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