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Though the Cost Be High

Though the Cost Be High

Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me. — Luke 9:23 Anything worth having, costs.
 Cars and houses cost. So does a college education. And so do relationships. In friendship, parenting, and marriage, we give up some of our preferences, we learn to compromise, and

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A Biblical Model For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has been a great holiday for the church to spread the message of Christ. After all, the feast between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans was to give thanks to God for his provisions. The stated purpose of the Thanksgiving holiday was to thank “our beneficial Father.” But has our approach to Thanksgiving been

Remember the Sacrifice

Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. — John 15:13–14 Looking out across the rolling wooded acres of Arlington National Cemetery, with its hundreds of thousands of white stones in perfectly ordered rows, brings an assortment of emotions that are impossible to

Go the Second Mile

Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. — Matthew 5:41 The phrase going the second mile has found its way into our modern vernacular. Its roots are found all the way back in first-century Palestine. The Romans had conquered most of the Mediterranean world. One of the marvels of their conquest

Beyond Championships: The Heart of a Servant

Serve before Deserve When people step away from the habit of “taking” and enter the space of “giving,” I believe they become not only more fulfilled but healthier spiritually. Giving back is like a statement to the heavenly Father that says, Thank You for what You’ve given me. It’s like a nod of gratitude combined

Friendship: No Greater Love

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. — John 15:13 What’s the most famous friendship in the history of pop culture? My money is on Captain James T. Kirk and his Vulcan first officer, Mr. Spock, from Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek. Where the rugged captain played from his gut, often finding unique

Luke 21:4

A Lavish Offering

Reading: Luke 21:1-4 [The widow] out of her poverty put in all she had to live on. – Luke 21:4 Additional Scripture Readings: Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 8:12 The widow shuffled up the temple steps to the treasury where the offering boxes, shaped like inverted megaphones, gaped their open mouths to receive her offering. She didn’t have

John 3:16

Immeasurable Love

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. — John 3:16 Almighty and holy God, You “so loved the world” that You gave us the gift of Your “only begotten Son,” a gift beyond imagining. I am speechless at the realization that You allowed

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What Makes a Leader?

What makes a leader? Rank? Status? Celebrity? Caste? Clout? Style? Is leadership automatically bestowed by a box on the organizational chart? Where do position and power figure into the formula for leadership? And what is the ideal model for leaders? Is it the corporate CEO? The military commander? The head of state? Jesus answered all

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