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Under the Influence

November 24, 2012

Under the Influence In June lawmakers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, approved six bills designed to curtail drunken driving. The problem of public intoxication is a national epidemic. Over one million people are arrested yearly for driving under the influence. The abuse of alcohol can also be a problem for the church. As Paul concludes his series...

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Living under the Shepherd

October 31, 2018

Living under the Shepherd Scotland has a population of some 5.3 million people—and 6.5 to 7 million sheep! Sheep farmers understand the importance of caring for their flock in all sorts of terrain and weather conditions. That image of a watchful shepherd runs throughout our passage. The leaders of the church are called to “keep watch over...

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  • Devotions October 31, 2018

Refined through Fire

December 30, 2013

Refined through Fire Forestry experts state that not all wildfires are created equal. In fact, some forest fires act as cleansing agents for old and overgrown forests and make them healthier. We often think of fire in purely destructive terms, but Scripture also uses fire in the context of renewal (cf. Matt. 3:11), and this helps us understand...

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  • Devotions December 30, 2013

The Family Under Christ: Part 1

May 22, 2019

The Family Under Christ: Part 1 Most fairytales end with the prince marrying the princess and living “happily ever after.” What happens after the wedding is of no real interest to the story. We know that the real challenges, joys, sorrows, and adventures of a couple’s life together only begin on the wedding day. Previously in chapter 3, Paul...

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  • Devotions May 22, 2019

The Family Under Christ: Part 2

May 23, 2019

The Family Under Christ: Part 2 During the last couple of decades, many companies have switched from offices filled with cubicles to an open office concept. The idea behind the open office is that employees can collaborate more effectively and not feel isolated. Employers appreciate the accountability an open office brings. The design of...

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  • Devotions May 23, 2019

Wise People Keep Themselves Under Control

April 28, 2013

Wise People Keep Themselves Under Control In the 1960s, a Stanford University psychology professor conducted a famous experiment known as the “marshmallow test” with a group of four-year-old children. Each child was given a marshmallow and told he could either eat the one marshmallow immediately or wait several minutes and be given a second...

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  • Devotions April 28, 2013

Fire and Judgment: Consuming the Guilty

May 12, 2012

Fire and Judgment: Consuming the Guilty In his essay, "The Art of Listening," Henning Maskell laments "the constant chatter of the Western world, where no one seems to have the time or even the desire to listen to anyone else. . . . It’s as if we have completely lost the ability to listen. We talk and talk, and we end up frightened by silence,...

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  • Devotions May 12, 2012

Our God Is a Consuming Fire

July 22, 2019

Our God Is a Consuming Fire Last year damaging wildfires swept through several states. During one of them, Nicole Jolley feared for her life. Flames surrounded her car and filled it with smoke. She called her husband on her cell phone, convinced she was speaking to him for the last time. “Nick, I’m gonna die, and I’m not gonna make it out...

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  • Devotions July 22, 2019

Fire and Blessing: Consuming the Sacrifice

May 11, 2012

Fire and Blessing: Consuming the Sacrifice After the death of Steve Jobs, the world waits to see what will become of Apple. Steve Jobs brought the force of his creative leadership to Apple, and no one doubts that the success of Apple—and the innovations of the iPhone, iPod, and iPad—can largely be credited to him. The world needs great leaders,...

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Devotion for Aug. 23, 2011

August 23, 2011

Devotion for Aug. 23, 2011 A bad golf shot accidentally started a brush fire that consumed 20 acres. On a golf course near Reno, Nevada, the golfer had hit his ball into the grass. Trying to get back to the fairway on his next shot, he started a fire when his metal club struck something that created a spark. It took 50 firefighters and several...

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