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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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Give Us This Day (Part 3)

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As we continue the topic “Give Us This Day,” today Patti talks about the need for us wanting to know all the details. Many times as humans, we get so caught up in wanting to know that we don’t rely on God to work out all the details. It is never easy to try to unravel the meaning of things while in the midst of the story. That’s why I don’t read mysteries. I want to know what’s going on…

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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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Give Us This Day (Part 2)

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As we continue our four-part blog on “Give Us This Day,” I believe what Patti shares with us today, we can all relate to. It may not be a wedding, but just life in general that we can relate to in this analogy. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 Reading through the early chapters of Genesis gives us a very good picture of how God orchestrates “Give us this day,” with perfect timing down…

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Give Us This Day (Part 1)

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How often do we become so accustomed to hearing the Lord’s Prayer that we forget to apply it to our daily lives? One of our pastors’ wives has written a four-part blog on “Give Us This Day” that I believe will be a blessing to you. I remember being very intrigued when my aunt arrived back to the states from 6 months in Sweden. She brought back several dozen string shopping bags. She explained that food shopping was a daily…

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