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Why Gentleness and Kindness Matter

Kindness and gentleness, though countercultural, are virtues God desires to build in us.

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Fifty Days of Easter Pictures

More than ever before, at least for me, these words of Romans 8 are very precious as we consider the year—more than a year—we have all just endured.

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Called According to God’s Purpose

In our words and our works, we can partner with God as he unites all things in Christ.

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God Works in All Things for Good

Romans 8:28 teaches us that God is at work for good in all things.

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Called to Belong to Christ

God’s calling is an expression of God’s desire to be in relationship with you.

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Keeping Christmas Well . . . by Being Full of Goodness

We will keep Christmas well when we allow God to fill us with his goodness so that we might share it with others.

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We Are the Lord’s

No matter what happens, you belong to Jesus Christ. And Jesus Christ is not just any old powerless idol. He is the God who suffered for us.

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A Living Sacrifice

As we daily become sanctified, daily undergoing our own personal transformation and offering ourselves to Christ, we will learn that each of us has a calling and that no calling within the body of Christ should be given pride over any other calling.

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To Set the Mind on the Flesh is Death

In each of our lives, in our families and workplaces, in our public statements and private thoughts, we need to think through how we have participated in the fallen world of death and how we can seek out the redemptive world of the Spirit instead.

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Easter and COVID-19:
Nothing Can Take Away God’s Love from You

I have no doubt that sometimes Christians have spoken of God’s love in ways that are naïve and simplistic. I know I’ve done so at times. Maybe you have too. But, let’s be clear, the Apostle Paul was not one of these Christians. He knew all about suffering.

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Easter and COVID-19:
God Is On Your Side

That God is for us is surely one of the most encouraging truths we can imagine. But the idea that God is at work for us doesn’t mean we simply sit around and watch.

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Easter and COVID-19:
God Works in All Things for Good

Things and circumstances aren’t magic. The broken world isn’t set up so that good always prevails in this age. But God is at work in and through all things. And God is able to work in them for his ultimate good. The same God who was able to work through the horrors of the crucifixion, the same God who defeated death through the resurrection of Jesus, this God can and will work in all things for good.

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Easter and COVID-19:
God’s Help and God’s Groaning

As the world suffers from the impact of the coronavirus, creation groans. And so do the millions whose lives are imperiled by the virus. We groan in fear, pain, and loss. We groan in frustration, loneliness, and anger. A dear friend of mine recently lost one of his close friends to COVID-19. When he learned of his friend’s passing, my friend groaned, filled with mourning. Yes—in his note to me he actually said he “groaned.” Yet, he did not groan alone. God was with him, helping him by groaning with him, through him, and for him.

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Easter and COVID-19:
Glorious Hope

Our hope is not based on our ability to foresee the future. It’s not based on us at all. Rather, it is based on who God is and what God has done through Jesus Christ. It rests on the solid foundation of the resurrection of Jesus.

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Easter and COVID-19:
A World of Groaning

This pandemic reminds us vividly of the fact that our world is not what it should be. As the novel coronavirus stalks our planet, creation is groaning. And we are groaning along with it (Romans 8:25).

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