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Peer Pressure: If your friends jumped off a bridge…

I’m sure all of us can remember a myriad of catchphrases we overheard our parents chastise us with over and over again as we were growing up, but perhaps none more than “If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?” Perhaps it sounded a little different in your family. Maybe something like: If your

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Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. - Proverbs 4:23 What Do You Mean “Boundaries”? The parents of a twenty-five-year-old man came to see me (Dr. Townsend) with a common request: they wanted me to “fix” their son, Bill. When I asked where Bill was, they answered, “Oh, he didn’t want

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The Fishing

Follow Jesus

Have you ever been assigned to follow someone on the freeway? As you drive behind them it becomes easy to evaluate their driving. They are going too fast, too slow, didn’t change lanes soon enough, almost hit that car by changing lanes too quickly. No, we would rather be in the lead, and be the

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Is Hell Real?

Is Hell Real? We haven’t heard much about hell since the “hellfire and brimstone” era of the church. Today, little if anything is spoken in churches about hell. So the question has become increasingly important: Is Hell Real? If it is, then where is hell, who goes to hell, and can we be saved after

The Fishing

Follow Jesus

Have you ever been assigned to follow someone on the freeway? As you drive behind them it becomes easy to evaluate their driving. They are going too fast, too slow, didn’t change lanes soon enough, almost hit that car by changing lanes too quickly. No, we would rather be in the lead, and be the

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Making Spiritual New Year’s Resolutions

Every January, millions of people begin their year with New Year’s resolutions. Losing weight, getting organized, exercising more, eating healthier, and managing finances better are some of the most common resolutions. But what about making spiritual New Year’s resolutions? We make commitments and tell our friends and family on January 1st, only to give it

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Ask Seek Knock

… And if by prayer Incessant I could hope to change the will Of Him who all things can, I would not cease To weary Him with my assiduous cries. ~ John Milton Jesus’ story about village neighbors must have provoked smiles and chuckles in his first-century audience. A man opens his door to an unexpected guest

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The Best Head Coach

Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. — Psalm 139:4 As each NFL season comes to a close, a ritual takes place on the first Monday after the last regular-season game. The sports media call it “Black Monday,” when general managers and team owners take stock of how well their team did

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Rock-Solid Conviction

Faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. — Hebrews 11:1 NIV I asked the young Vietnamese girl who does my nails what the word faith meant to her. At first she was unsure what I was asking. I told her that I was aware that the

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Is My Pain Talking?

We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. — 2 Corinthians 10:5 Thought for the Day: Our Lord doesn’t whisper shameful condemnations. Have you ever been in a situation where something little felt really big? Maybe a look from someone that suddenly makes you feel they don’t like you at all. Or when someone doesn’t return

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Inhale God-Breathed Scripture

Inhale God-Breathed Scripture

Satan knows that the only offensive weapon we have to raise against him is the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. He can’t keep it from being powerful, but if he can tempt us to think little of it, he knows it will never be powerful in us. Satan has a frightening scheme under operation in

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17 Steps Towards An Earth-Friendly Church

17 Steps Towards an Earth-Friendly Church

Just one of the cool things about churches is they can make anything happen if everyone pitches in. A couple in the congregation wants to adopt a child? Everyone gives a few dollars, and the costs are covered. A family’s going through a hard time? Send around the sign-up sheet, and they’ll have meals brought

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The Best Passed-Down Parenting Advice

Once you have children, all those little things you recall hearing your parents say over, and over, and over when you were a child suddenly come back. But now, you are the one saying them to YOUR children! As a child they may have seemed utterly meaningless, but today, we realize what a profound effect those simple words

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