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Guide

The number one question young college students ask me is “What is God’s will for my life?” and “How do I find it?” I’m not sure I communicate it sufficiently to them, but I try to help them understand it is much more important to know that God will faithfully guide you than it is to know where He wants you to go. As soon as the children of Israel left Egyp...

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A Republic--If You Can Keep It

After the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was asked, “What have you given us?” His famous response was, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” Most focus on the fact that the Founders had established a Republic—a point that needs to be continuously made. But seldom do we ponder seriously his wise admonition that it must be “kept&r...

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Good

Although this is one of the most oft-stated attributes of God: “God is good!”… “All the time!” we dutifully reply, it is also one of the most misunderstood and disbelieved. Misunderstood because we have crafted our own personal definition of “good”; and disbelieved because we “say” God is good, but often act as if He were not. The forme...

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Faithful

In 1936, a humble shepherd in Montana became ill and was taken to the hospital. His dog, Shep, refused to leave his side and remained at the hospital doors day and night. When the shepherd died and they put his coffin on a train, Shep was there at the depot, whining terribly as the train and his master departed without him. For the next five years, Shep remained faithfully at the tracks. He me...

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Father

I tremble writing this devotion of gazing upon the face of God, for I sense it could be the most important of all. J. I. Packer writes that the whole of the New Testament could be summed up under the heading “the Fatherhood of God” and that it is in this name that we find the “climax of the Bible”. I fear my words are not capable of doing justice to this aspect of God...

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Eternal

[preface] C. S. Lewis offered an illustration regarding the relationship of time and God’s eternal existence. If you had a sheet of paper and could extend it in both directions endlessly, representing the eternality of God, and then drew a short line on the paper. The line would represent all of time—engulfed in the eternal nature of God. This is why God can be both the Alpha and...

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Disciplinarian

[preface] When I was 16, I wrecked my father’s brand new car. It was the only time he ever “switched” me. But I deserved it, because if I had been more attentive, it wouldn’t have happened. One of the few times I had to spank my children was when they were playing with fire in the shed and almost burned it down—and with it possibly our house and others’. I wa...

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When a Culture Develops a Phobia of Truth... It Attacks Chick-fil-A

In the upcoming (hopefully and prayerfully) “Engagement” series, the first tour* will examine the rise of a phobia in our culture toward Truth… Truth with a capital “T” that is, for our culture is filled with little “t” truths… those truth claims that have their genesis in our own precious and special little hearts. We celebrate those truths so ...

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George Washington Was Not a Party Animal

I remember the first time I heard George Washington’s Farewell Address. I was stunned. I heard things that didn’t match what I had been taught and his words described something far afield from what I was seeing in my job at the White House. It was so unsettling that it provoked an insatiable search to discover the truth about that generation and what they believed. What I found even...

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If He Lives…

I saw “Risen” last week while in Tennessee. Great movie. I had never thought about the possibility that Pilate would have a deep interest in finding the body of Jesus. For sure, the Jewish hierarchy would have been rabid to do so. They had taken measures beforehand to ensure no one stole the body and then when the tomb was found empty, they immediately bribed the guards to spread a ...

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