The “Brave New World” of the 21st Century requires a “Brave New Discipleship” strategy.

3 Remarkable Benefits of Thankfulness

Posted on: November 21, 2017

BE HAPPIER, BE HEALTHIER, MAKE A GREATER IMPACT This Thursday is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, a uniquely American holiday. Its origin was a “First Thanksgiving” celebrated by 53 pilgrims and 90 Native Americans in October 1621. It was a three-day feast for celebrating a bountiful harvest after a very difficult year, and for…

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Looking Behind the Curtain of Reality

Posted on: November 14, 2017

HOW TO KEEP A SPIRITUAL FOCUS IN A PHYSICAL WORLD The Book of Job pulls the curtain of reality back and allows us to get a remarkable glimpse of both the physical and the spiritual world at the same time. We see the physical world of a wealthy and righteous man blessed with many of…

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You Can’t Take It With You, But You Can Send It Ahead

Posted on: November 07, 2017

INVESTING TIME, TALENT AND TREASURE IN LIGHT OF ETERNITY This life is not about this life. This life is about the next life. And we are to live this life in preparation for the next. Colossians 3:1-3 says,  Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at…

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Master My Three Most Helpful Passages for Coping with Trials

Posted on: October 31, 2017

THREE PASSAGES THAT COMBINE TO CREATE A FORMIDABLE BARRIER AGAINST SPIRITUAL DISCOURAGEMENT About two weeks ago, I had the privilege of speaking at the Xcelerate 2017 Discipleship Conference, at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, along with two other presenters, Michael Kelly, author of Transformational Discipleship: How People Really Grow, and the venerable Dr. Robert Coleman, one of…

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Can Brain Science Help You Grow Spiritually?

Posted on: October 24, 2017

3 SCIENTIFIC PRINCIPLES TO GUIDE AND ACCLERATE YOUR SPIRITUAL GROWTH Dr. Caroline Leaf is a neuroscientist and committed Christian who is taking the lead in revealing how brain science can help Christians grow spiritually. She writes in her book, Switch on Your Brain: Self-directed neuroplasticity is a general description of the principle that deep thinking…

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Ten Transforming Affirmations

Posted on: October 17, 2017

A SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE FOR RENEWING YOUR MIND AND TRANSFORMING YOUR LIFE As you know, I am big on taking truth through the brain over and over again to encourage mental renewal.  My enthusiasm for this principle comes from two things. First, a reading of Romans 12:2, which says, “Do not be conformed to this world,…

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If God Loves Us, Why Doesn’t He Take Better Care Of Us?

Posted on: October 10, 2017

FOUR EXTRAORDINARY DEMONSTRATIONS OF GOD’S LOVE Though there is plenty in Scripture to indicate that God loves us, some of us are still unconvinced, held back by the nagging question, “But if He really loves us, as He says He does, why doesn’t He take better care of us?” For those of us who are…

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How God Can Know Everything About Us And Still Love Us?

Posted on: October 03, 2017

  IF THERE ARE THINGS EVEN WE DON’T ACCEPT ABOUT OURSELVES, HOW CAN GOD ACCEPT US? One of the difficulties we have believing that God loves us is that we know our own weaknesses, foibles, and sins. There are things that even we don’t love about ourselves, so how could God love us? And to…

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How Do You Think God Sees You?

Posted on: September 26, 2017

THREE MISCONCEPTIONS THAT WILL HOLD YOU BACK. Our self-image is a powerful force in life. We always act consistently with it; therefore we will never rise above our self-image. So it is important to have an accurate self-image.  The trick is to see ourselves as God sees us. How do you think God sees you?…

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The First Step On the Road to Transformation

Posted on: September 19, 2017

BECOMING MORE SELF-AWARE SPURS SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION The road to transformation is long, and the journey can be bumpy from time to time. But it is a road that we must all travel if we ever hope to become more than we are. And like Dorothy on the yellow brick road to the city of Oz,…

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