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Kingdom Ambassadors

Jesus talks a lot about the kingdom. He announced the kingdom in his first public words. The first prayer request that He taught His disciples was, "Thy kingdom come". The top priority of the believer is to seek "first the kingdom of God." The word "kingdom" is mentioned 152 times in the New Testament, 116 of those times in the Gospels. So what is God's kingdom? A kingdom...

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Changing My Thinking

It can be so easy to follow and copy the customs and ways of this world. Even as Christians we might want to fit in, be liked and even not stand out. We might want to go with the flow or be thought of as progressive and modern. We are creatures of conformity....

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Risk Running the Race

I am worn out. Not from too busy of a summer. Not from chasing the dog around the block. But from watching the Olympics. Hasn't it been an exciting two weeks? What these amazing athletes can do takes my breath away. The Olympics always remind me of 1 Corinthians 9, where the Apostle Paul says, "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives...

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Ordinary Missionaries

Like its counterpart Luke, the book of Acts is a carefully organized volume. We moved geographically from Jerusalem in Acts 1 to Rome in Acts 28, just as the gospel has been "sent to the gentiles" (Acts 28:28). The result is that in the 28 chapters of the book we get to watch as Jesus' great commission to his followers reaches its fulfillment (1:8). We watch as they witnes...

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Up Close & Personal

Howard Hendricks, the longtime professor at Dallas Seminary once said, "You can impress people at a distance; you can only impact them up close". People usually don't trust those they don't know. Add to that, in our day and our culture there is a general mistrust of organized religion. So how do you get the message of the gospel out? Put yourself in the shoes of the unchu...

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Living In God's Reality

Living In God's Reality One of my favorite things about the Apostle Paul is his ability to weavetogether theology with a call to practical applications. It's an abilitythat I appreciate more and more as I grow in my own vocation as apastor. Paul's theology, while often breathtaking, is never theology forits own sake. For Paul, there is always a real-world pastoral concern...

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They Matter To God

Take a look around your neighborhood. Or around youroffice. Or school. Or park. Do you see them? They live in the houses next door, they get up every Sundaymorning, have a cup of coffee, and read the Star Tribune.But they don't go to church and they don't know Christand they probably don't even have a relationship with aChristian they respect. If you believe what the Bib...

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The Greatest Rumor Ever Told

Yet, when Jesus shows up it seems Thomas is not with them. So the disciples do what we would expect, they tell Thomas that they've seen Jesus. They report to Thomas that they've seen Jesus, they've touched Him, that He is not dead but alive!!...

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True Worship

"Jesus said true worship must be 'face to face' with God. Worship is not religion or ritual; worship is an intimate and vital encounter with a Person. True worship includes the full recognition of who God is: holy, sovereign, almighty, loving, merciful......

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Here Am I! Send Me!

Isaiah worshipped! His was a fourfold experience of worship. He saw something. He heard something. He felt something. And he did something. Isaiah saw something. "I saw the Lord seated on the throne, high and exalted" (Isaiah 6:1). John, in his gospel, tells us that Isaiah saw Jesus Christ (John 12:41). For Isaiah, the invisible became visible and the spiritual becam...

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