Category Archives: Character

Four servants of God who battled fierce despair

Four servants of God. Each one reached an extremely low point in life. All of them felt that life was no longer worth living. Continue reading

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Extravagantly thankful?

What if God made you live today on only those things you thanked Him for yesterday?

Where’s my tooth brush? Oh, I forgot to thank God for it yesterday.

“Nothing taken for granted; everything received with gratitude; everything passed on with grace.” Continue reading

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How does it feel to be so rich?

Do you think of yourself as one of the wealthiest people of human history? The facts about wealth should challenge the way most of us think and live. Continue reading

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7 resources for spiritual maturity

Spiritual growth requires looking ahead and looking back. Continue reading

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A deeper look at the human need for change

Politics, culture and the role of law are agents of change that seem essential to our existence. These means offer limited solutions to some of our problems and offer the potential to promote human flourishing. But we have a deeper need that cannot be addressed through these agents of change.
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How should we respond?

Political action is necessary but…. Continue reading

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The Death of Character

More than a decade ago, James Davison Hunter, (University of Virginia) wrote: “The Death of Character: Moral Education in an Age Without Good or Evil.” Hunter’s observations remain sobering for us today. He described the daunting task we face as … Continue reading

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The word of God is alive and active

Five key passages describing the role of Scripture in spiritual transformation. Continue reading

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The heart of our problem

Political and cultural changes cannot adequately address our deepest needs. There is clearly an important place for these concerns, but a wider focus is needed if we hope to get to the heart of our problems. Continue reading

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Humble, loving, truth-telling Christians in community

As we live our calling to be humble, loving, truth-telling Christians in community – in mutual affection and honor for one another, the case is made for the power of the gospel to transform people. Continue reading

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