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Get Angry

Get angry when your entertainment causes you to neglect your obligations (1 Tim. 5:8; Prov. 21:25) Is your love of entertainment hurting your work ethic? Is it taking away from the time you can give to your family? Are you spending more time being entertained than you are communing with God and His Word? Is […]

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Do You Want To Delight More In Scripture?

You know you should delight in Bible study. You’ve read verses that talk about loving and finding joy in Scripture. You realize you are supposed to “long for the pure spiritual milk’ (1 Pet. 2:2). If you’re like me, sometimes you feel guilty when words like these don’t exactly describe your life. Maybe there are […]

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What Does Your Facebook Activity Say About Your Heart?

We all leave a ‘paper trail.’ Your cell phone carrier knows exactly where you’ve been in the last few weeks because everywhere you go your phone checks-in with the nearest cell phone tower. The crumpled receipts on the floorboard are a dead giveaway that you’ve had a McDonalds Chocolate-chip Frappe three times this week (“…but […]

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5 Things I Can’t Find In My Bible

The Bible is perfect and its Author is perfect. God’s Word is truth (John 17:17) and is our all-sufficient guide (2 Tim. 3:16-17). While there are some things that are difficult to understand (cf. 2 Pet. 3:16), the Bible is clear and understandable. We make a mistake, however, when we believe something the Bible does […]

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8 Questions To Ask Before Diving Into Controversy

So long as God’s truth exists in a world full of lies, there will be controversy. Lovers of truth will never escape controversy this side of heaven, nor should they try to. Christians must contend for the truth, since it has set us free (John 8:32). It is our obligation to discern truth from error […]

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When Your Faith Is Weak

Sometimes you feel weak spiritually. And when you do, you probably feel like you’re the only one. You’re not alone. Every Christian experiences times of weakness. What does weak faith feel like? Sometimes it manifests itself in: Wondering if God is in control. Questioning whether God really loves you. Doubting God’s forgiveness. Lacking the motivation […]

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So You’re In A Rut. Now What?

Ruts happen. They’re part of being human. C.S. Lewis calls this the “Law of Undulation” – a series of troughs and peaks in every department of life, such as work, affections, friendships, and physical appetites (37). Lewis says, “As long as [man] lives on earth periods of emotional and bodily richness and liveliness will alternate […]

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Why Your Prayers Don’t Seem To Work

This may sound odd, but God doesn’t hear everyone’s prayers. “Wait Ben, I thought God was omniscient. He knows everything everybody thinks and says. How can He not hear someone’s prayer?” Well, it depends on the definition of ‘hear.’ God is aware of everyone’s prayers (because He is all-knowing), but He only promises to hear […]

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Organic Christianity

There are a growing number of people who prefer to eat organic food. Some are so passionate about it that organic food is the only food they eat. They’ll even drive out of their way and pay extra for it. Why? Because they believe modern artificial farming inputs, such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers, […]

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He Didn’t Come Asking For Money

The strangest thing happened last Sunday night. An older man wearing some worn jeans and a baseball cap came into the church building and asked to see the preacher. There were only 7 or 8 people left in the building, and I was one of them. He walked up to me and said, “I’d like […]

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