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Can Anything Good Come Out Of - Lakeland?

News broke today that Todd Bentley (revivalist at the Lakeland revival) just filed for legal separation from his wife, Shonna. Doing a quick search of articles and blogs on this topic reveals a ..
(August 12, 2008)
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Jesus Christ Still Walks In This Earth

Another one of those “Texas-tales" comes out of Corpus Christi about a wealthy oilman who toured war-ravaged Europe after WWII. The man looked everywhere for pieces of art, and in the storage ..
(March 10, 2008)
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A New Hermeneutic, For a New Wineskin!

Paul, the apostle, told his “son in the Lord", Timothy, to “be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the Word of ..
(March 20, 2008)
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Dem Bones, Dem Bones Gonna Walk Aroun'!

A few teeth, a jaw, a hank of hair - I recently found a number of odd looking bones in the berry bushes at the edge of my property. Gathering as many as I could find, I took the dark and disgusting ..
(March 24, 2008)
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Bringing Shalom To The Community

Some of the worst stories in the world are in the Bible. Sometimes people think that since the Bible is religious, it only talks about “nice" things. But the Bible, if it's anything, is honest, .
(March 30, 2008)
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I Worship on the Mountain?

"I don't have to go to church, " my friend told me. “When I want to worship God, I just go into the mountains. I worship God best when I'm surrounded by His Creation. " Actually, many people ..
(March 30, 2008)
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The Weeping Willow (Salix Babylonica)

Here, near the Trinity Alps in northern California, we live in some of the world's most beautiful forests. Someone asked me recently where the name of our small town, “Willow Creek", came from. .
(March 30, 2008)
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Breaking Out God's Windows?

There's an old, Hasidic saying, “If God lived on earth, people would break out all His windows. " For the Jews, generations of “having their windows broken out" forced them to consider if .
(April 16, 2008)
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Make Every Effort!

James Thurber, I believe, is the one who quipped, “It is better to have loafed and lost than never to have loafed at all. " When I read Paul's exhortation in Ephesians 4, all I can think is ..
(April 16, 2008)
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There Are None So Blind, As They Who WILL NOT See

In the book, Chaos, by James Gleick, there's described a truly disturbing experiment conducted back in the ‘40s. The scientists had made up special decks of playing cards - many of which were ..
(April 18, 2008)
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Spiritual Growth and "Learned Helplessness"

Back in the ‘70s, some scientists focused on the trait of “learned helplessness". This experiment is useful for Christians who long to read the Bible more “accurately" and ..
(April 18, 2008)
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The Coming Kingdom Belongs to Risk Takers

Many leaders in the Body of Christ today consider the next, great season of change in the Church is already begun. Here's a quick note to alert interested Believers to keep their eyes on these ..
(April 18, 2008)
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Jesus Ain't Going West No More, and He Ain't Got a Diploma ..

About a century ago, in the early 1900s, someone observed that the pet way for a young person to “get along in the world" no longer entailed “going west" - as in Horace Greeley's, ..
(May 13, 2008)
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Learning to Love Rock Bottom!

Fishing for the first time in my life out in Monterey Bay (California) wavered between exciting and humiliating. Still in my teens, I'd been invited by friends in a church men's group to go along on ..
(May 13, 2008)
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Looking Down for Power

During grade school, I attended “New Jerusalem Elementary School". Nothing Christian about that school. Nothing “heavenly" about it either. Someone donated the land on which they built ..
(May 13, 2008)
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Listening to the River

"Brat!" has become one of my wife's favorite terms of endearment lately. I have to admit, I work hard to deserve it. I find little ways to tease her - that's one way little boys show their ..
(June 05, 2008)
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Living in the Seventh-Day

People often ask if the numbers found in Scripture have any special significance. My response: maybe they do, maybe they don't - but it's Scripture that should define the difference. For example: ..
(June 05, 2008)
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In the Last Place Youd Ever Look Theres the Kingdom!

In current “internet-eese", we could even call it a “mash-up’ - pushing a Bible verse and a current cliché together to get a deeper understanding. The verse is in Matthew 6 and ..
(June 29, 2008)
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Where There is No God, There is No Marriage!

Hollywood celebrities marry, divorce and remarry faster than trash reporters can track. One TV show recently spent an hour tracing the match-ups and break-ups of celebrities - an hour of dizzyingly ..
(April 01, 2008)
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Pardon Me While I Repent

People love it when preachers get in trouble. Newspapers and TV newscasters always like to play it up when some well-known preacher runs off with his secretary or the church offering. Well - I ..
(April 03, 2008)
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Let No Man be Your Judge in Any Question of Food Or Drink

If someone said, “God says to control the minds of other people so that they think only nice thoughts about you, " you'd snort in amazement at the foolishness of such an impossible task. Sure! ..
(April 03, 2008)
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Speed Reading Through the Word of Life!

Years ago, when still in Bible college, I took the Evelyn Woods Speed Reading Course. It was amazing. For several weeks, we studied how to “pre-read" books to analyze their basic structure, as ..
(April 02, 2008)
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Upgrading the Purpose-Driven Life

Years ago (back in the ‘80s), my “mentor" (Jim Durkin, Sr. ) preached that every Believer had to live a “purpose-driven life". He called one of his core teachings, “Purpose ..
(April 10, 2008)
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Shepherding and Discipleship - A 21st Century Redux?

Santa Cruz, California in the ‘70s teemed with alternative life-styles - from flower-power hippies to punk, zen monasteries to hidden terrorist training camps for the Weathermen, Symbionese ..
(April 09, 2008)
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I've Got a Golden Ticket!

When Jesus warned the adults that no one will ever enter into the Kingdom of Heaven unless they receive it as a little child, no one suspected that what He said was actually true. It's obviously a ..
(April 07, 2008)
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