Debriefing Canaan

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And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel -Numbers 13:30-33 They were sent in to spy out the land God had promised, and all of them came back with a similar message: It’s a good land, and there are giants to deal with. But there sure was a Continue Reading

Rebuilding Shattered Trust

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When Nehemiah set out to rebuild Jerusalem, he began by taking a close look at the damage done to her walls. (Nehemiah 2: 11-16) It couldn’t have been easy. Knowing the walls were decayed was one thing; closely inspecting them to see just how decayed was another. But how else could he rebuild? To make things right, he had to first see how wrong they really were. Continue Reading

Hunger versus Craving – Big Difference!

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If you’ve ever dieted, you know the difference between your hunger and your appetite. Continue Reading

What’s Satan Got Against Me, Anyway?

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A dear friend of mine, noting the trials that have recently caved in on her, posted on Facebook the question, “Who gave Satan my address?”  There’s a scary image – the devil coming to visit, with purpose. And it raises an old question: What’s he got against me anyway? It’s self-evident that he hates me, but why? We don’t know too much about him, but what we know is sobering and instructive. He’s a created being who fell from grace (Isaiah 14:12); he enticed the first humans into disobedience (Genesis 3:1-4); he’s an adversary to all of us (I Continue Reading

The Times They Are a Changin. And —?

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Maybe we’ve had it too easy. The Church and the Culture were never the same, for sure, but there was a time they shared basic values. So what you were taught from the pulpit on Sundays was usually compatible with what you’d hear at school; what you heard at school harmonized, in most cases, with what your parents said. America was never a Church, but until fairly recently most aspects of American life – school, church, entertainment, home - did hold to standards of moral versus immoral, natural versus unnatural, decent versus lewd; standards Continue Reading

Spouse Building

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That crazy looking couple is us on your wedding day, August 8, 1987. The bride's a beauty; I barely recognize that kid she's cavorting with. Point is, I didn’t just get a wife 26 years ago. I was entrusted with one. Continue Reading

So Many Purity Plans – Who’s Right?

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   If you’re a Christian guy who’s struggled with porn or other sexual sins, and you’ve checked Amazon.com to see what sort of help is available, then you’ve noticed how many authors, counselors, and pastors have written on the subject. And each of them, it seems, has a different approach. Continue Reading

Pro-Gay or Hate Gays: No Middle Ground?

“I think I’ll take this moment to say goodbye to you. I now have a fabulous (as the gays put it) grandson to raise, and I don’t have time for a heartless (expletive deleted) of a daughter.” So said a father to his grown daughter in a letter that’s just gone viral. The story goes that a mother rejected her son who confessed to being homosexual, throwing him out of the house. When her father found out how she’d treated his grandson, he in turn disowned her, referring to her as “heartless”, “homophobic” and “unnatural.” (You can find the full Continue Reading

Pastor Chuck Smith: Double Honor

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Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine. -I Timothy 5:17      If a man impresses you, you admire him. If he equips you, you bless him. And if he’s both impressed and equipped you, he must have been Chuck Smith. Continue Reading

A Brief Exhortation from my Son

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I know I'm being a way-too-typical Dad, but I thought you might like seeing this short video my son Jeremy did. It's a style called "Spoken Word" (never heard of it myself) and I gotta say, I'm so encouraged and blessed seeing this guy coming more and more into his own gifts and calling. Please take a moment to click here and check him out. Hope you enjoy it. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B23zAIfi02klc1Q4MlpkamxmMnc/edit?usp=sharing Continue Reading