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Life is hard; it is difficult. That is just the simple truth of it. Jesus confirmed this in John 16, telling us, “In the world, you have trouble”1 – and indeed, we do. You and I have seen and known those who pretend to float from one victory to the next, and if we did not…

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I am encouraged, comforted, and emboldened by the many faces of Peter. In Peter, we see impulsive and reckless behavior spawned by his desire to protect Jesus (John 18:10). In Peter, we see a dramatic reversal of his bold assertion that he was ready to die with Jesus (Matthew 26:35), as he sheepishly succumbed to…

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George Bernard Shaw’s most popular play is, without question, Pygmalion, which can be traced back as far as 1871. Shaw’s play hit the public stage in 1913. It has since been revised and updated multiple times, been performed on stages around the world, and has most recently been reworked as both musical and film. The…

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Donning a look of deep concern, my counselor fixed his eyes on mine and said, “With everything you have been through over the past two years, I am amazed that you are still sane.” Sometimes life astonishes us with its ability to inflict pain. During a keynote address at the 2019 West Coast Christian Writers…

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There have been times in my distant past when all I could do was feign a smile, shoo the kids outside to play, and then shut myself in the bedroom and cry. Nothing in life is as dominating and paralyzing as a sense of hopelessness. Financial devastation. Family destruction. Betrayal. Loss of income. Health. Relational…

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“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” – Luke 22:42, NIV The fiery trial was coming. Jesus knew it, and he was not okay with that, but rather submissive to it. It is okay to not want to go through the fiery trials, and it…

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When I was very young, my mother gave me my first Bible. It was a small, white, leather-bound King James Bible. Given my youth, and the archaic language in that particular revision of the King James Version, the text was incomprehensible to me. But I knew it was a special book, I cherished it, and…

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In 1896, Charles Monroe Sheldon, pastor of Central Congregational Church in Topeka, Kansas, began a story-telling series as part of his Sunday evening services. The story Sheldon told takes place in the fictional railroad town of Raymond, and focuses on pastor Henry Maxwell of First Church of Raymond. In the story, Maxwell challenges his congregation…

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Do “real” Christians suffer? I feel very blessed in my life right now. I cannot identify any area of my life that I would characterize as overly-stressful. But that has not always been the case. I have lived through periods that were so stress-laden, they were affecting my physical health. Attacks and challenges came at…

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