Turn up the volume, grab a tissue, and click play! The next five minutes of your life will be blessed.

Carrie Underwood and Vince Gill’s song is absolutely inspiring!

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Why You Can’t Afford to Stay as You Are

A couple of months ago I noticed the “maintenance” light come on in my car. That meant the oil and filter needed changing. I thought, Yeah, I’ll do that soon. Right.

Why You Can’t Afford to Stay as You Are

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About a month went by and I thought: You know, I need to deal with that. I forgot again. It wasn’t until a couple weeks later I finally got it changed. I put it off because I’m a busy guy—and hey, oil and filters can always wait another day.

But then another warning light went off. This one was serious.

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What to Do with Those Bad Parts of the Bible

Keeping your integrity when God's Word seems to contradict God's love.

The Bible is full of wonderful promises and words of encouragement. Who of us hasn’t been refreshed by its verses and inspired by its truths? At the same time, the Word of God also has parts that seem, well—bad.

What to Do with Those Bad Parts of the Bible

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After reading these unnerving passages, we come away with questions:

  • How do we deal with the genocide God commands in Joshua?
  • Why doesn’t the Bible specifically condemn polygamy?
  • What does Paul mean by speaking of the submission of wives?

The list goes on.

As people of integrity, how do we deal with those uncomfortable “bad” parts of the Bible that seem, well, wrong?

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Don’t miss my radio interview with Kim Ketola on her broadcast Cradle My Heart Radio.

Kim’s weekly show focuses on helping others experience the healing love of Jesus Christ after an abortion. We will discuss how the lands of the Bible and the events that occurred there in the life of Christ offer hope and healing to hurting hearts.

You can listen to the interview below.

Date: January 5, 2014
Time: 8-9 PM
Appearance: Cradle My Heart Radio
Outlet: 90.7 NewLife FM
Location: Atlanta, GA
Format: Radio

Check out my review of Kim's book, Cradle My Heart.

Mount of Olives—The Place of God’s Coming, Going, and Coming

How fitting that the first mention of the Mount of Olives in the Bible represents the irony that would occur on its slopes throughout the centuries.

In King David’s day, the summit of the Mount of Olives held a place “where God was worshiped” (2 Samuel 15:32). And yet, that same context revealed the rejection of God’s chosen king, David, who crossed the Kidron Valley and ascended the slope weeping as he fled from his rebellious son.

Mount of Olives—The Place of God's Coming, Going, and Coming

(Photo: The Mount of Olives. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

David’s mournful exit as Jerusalem’s rejected king offers an ominous foreshadowing of the ultimate Son of David’s rejection on those same slopes a thousand years later.

But the history that occurred on Mount of Olives does more than tell the story of rejection. It speaks of redemption and—one day—of the ultimate acceptance of the King.

More than that, it tells our own story.

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