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Could this be the most convicting verse about peacemaking?

I can’t stop thinking about what I read this morning in Jude: “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way …” Jude 1:14-15 What could have been so awful? So sinful? “These are …

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“The kind of things that came out of this savagery …”

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis: “Four days ago, my city was ruthlessly attacked. There’s no explaining the savagery involved here. . . . I’ve spent the last several days looking at hundreds of hours of videotape. I got to see how brutal the attack was, over and over and over again. “More important,” he said, he watched how first responders and ordinary citizens put …

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Have you seen this? Wow! Science is SO cool!

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Amanda W. Won!

Thanks to Random Number Generator, Amanda W. is our winner for the video series! Please just make sure I have your mailing address, Amanda, and I’ll have that mailed out to you hopefully tomorrow. Congrats and thanks everyone for joining in the fun! Blessings, Tara B.

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Exploding Water Heater & a Hole Being Cut in my Office Wall … (Poor Fred!)

Fred told me he was thinking of my summer in Outer Mongolia this morning because the water in his shower was SNOW-CAPPED-MOUNTAIN-FREEZING-COLD water, poor dear. Then he went down to our basement to investigate the problem and found a FLOOD. (It gets worse.) And a dead water heater. (We knew this was coming one day because water heaters don’t last …

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The Immaturity (and Inaccuracy) of “All-or-Nothing Thinking”

I knew it would happen. Even as I was typing the words in my blog last week: “We are in a sweet season of life … we are not currently persevering through any major griefs or trials …” I was thinking to myself: “Uh-Oh! Like saying it’s quiet in an e.r. or telling in actor good luck, this is a really …

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Only TWO MORE DAYS to win a FREE copy of The Peacemaker (video) Women’s Study!

As usual, only a sliver (12!) of my 1,300+ blog-readin’-but-never-commenting-lurkers have entered our family’s most recent giveaway. Why don’t you join in the fun (and tell someone about it too)? No risk of SPAM and you get an extra entry for every social media share: Click here to enter our family’s drawing for The Peacemaker (video) Women’s Study!

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When to Leave a Church

I love Dave’s reasoned, biblical response to this important question: When is it appropriate to leave a church?

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How to Put Sin to Death

(Grateful for The Resurgence and especially Bob Thune for this outline …) “Precious little is written or taught these days on how to put sin to death. But thankfully, our forebears spent some ink on this issue—the most notable work being John Owen’s marvelous treatise On the Mortification of Sin …  This outline was organized for preaching, so it is not exactly …

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Self-Strength & Self-Invention

“Mortification (of sin) from a self-strength, carried on by ways of self-invention, unto the end of a self-righteousness, is the soul and substance of all false religion in the world.” ~John Owen

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