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Day 9: The Prison of the Heart

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(6 minute read) “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” (Mark 11:25 ESV) Could a lack of forgiveness for someone be a reason that you don’t experience more...

Day 8: Trees Walking Around

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(7 minute read) “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20, NIV) Only a few people know the story that I want to tell...

Day 7: Up in the Clouds

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(6 minute read) “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple (Psalm 27:4, NIV). Last week I wrote about the movie The Incredibles. One of my...

Day 6: Cut It Out

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(6 minute read) “If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell (Matthew 5:29, NIV).” In 1921, Dr. Evan O’Neil Kane was the chief surgeon at Kane...

Day 5: League of the Laid Low

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(4 minute read) “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV) Each Tuesday morning I block off time to pray for the needs of First Baptist Church. Even if I...

Day 4: No Postman Required

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(7 minute read) “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.&rdquo...

Day 3: The Ordered Life

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(6 Minute Read) “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you (John 15:7, NIV).” ESPN ran an intriguing story entitled Whatever Happened to Villanova Basketball Star Shelly Pennefather? Shelly was a standout. Since...

Day 2: Open Wide

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(6 Minute Read) “Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.” (Psalm 81:10b, NIV) When I began to pastor a church in Dallas, Texas, ten years ago, I believed two things: 1) the sky was the limit, and 2) the task was tremendous. We needed to rebuild a core of spiritual leaders...

Day 1: Get Up Captain

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(5 Minute Read) The greatest need in the life of our church is prayer. Our greatest need is not finances. Our greatest need is not good organization. Our greatest need isn’t even a new vision and strategy for how to reach people. While all of these are important, they’re secondary...

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