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How to Fight Three Common Enemies of the Soul

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By Dr. Paul Chappell We easily name the world, the flesh, and the devil as the three primary enemies of the Christian life—and rightly so. Ephesians 2:2–3, 1 John 2:15–16, and dozens of other passages deal with these three enemies of the soul. But rarely do these present themselves unveiled in the heart of a Christian. Satan doesn’t show up announcing his presence and his intent to destroy your life, nor do fleshly temptations present themselves as the destructive “old…

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Church Leaders: Ministry Is From God, But It Is Not God

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By Eric Geiger When I first began serving in local church ministry, a pastor told me that “church is a great place to hide out and a great place to burn out.” He further explained that ministry can attract workaholics, those who live off affirmation from others for the work they do. And that ministry can also attract people who are somewhat lazy and want to hide, not doing much of anything. The key, he told me, is to work…

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10 Ways the Enemy Robs Us of Our Joy

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By Chuck Lawless Paul made it clear to us that we wrestle against demonic forces as we strive to follow Christ (Eph. 6:12). In fact, the enemy often seeks to destroy our Christian joy so that our witness for Christ loses its effectiveness. Here are some ways he seeks to rob us: He wants us to magnify our mistakes, dwell on them, and struggle with accepting God’s forgiveness. It’s tough to speak about grace when we’re not willing to receive it….

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How Life is Good, Even When It Isn’t

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By Daniel Henderson This week, in the United States, we celebrate Independence Day – the 4th of July.  Culturally speaking, it is the ideal summer holiday. Friends, sunshine, and fireworks commemorate all the freedoms and provisions we enjoy as Americans. It is a day designed for joy, contentment, and gratitude. On this day, life is good. But sometimes life deals us circumstances that just aren’t so enjoyable. Yet, Scripture assures that “…all things work together for good to those who…

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Husbands Love Your Wives by Affirming Them Publicly

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By Josh Weidmann The Bible makes it clear: Husbands, Love Your Wives So on Sunday, I took a pause from preaching to love my wife publicly. In front of our whole church, I chose to publicly affirm my wife. I rarely use the pulpit to make personal announcements. I believe that when I am on stage to preach God’s Word, I need to do just that and make it as little about me as possible. However, there are those moments in my life and…

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