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The Roman Forum and God’s Surprising Ways in Your Life

We have more to do in life than wake up, work hard, and come home only to rinse and repeat. Life amounts to more than a stack of paychecks and a few laughs. God wants so much more for us than that....

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How to Deal with Overwhelming Odds through Your Powerful God

When the Bible includes geographical references, they appear as more than throwaway statements. Often they play a vital role in our understanding and application of the Bible.

(Photo: Cliffs near Michmash and Geba. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of...

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How to Keep Going When You Can’t Keep Going

You’re not stuck. If God has you in a place where your gifts are not fully utilized, or if you feel set aside in God’s grand plan, or if those around you have marginalized you, trivialized you, or flat-out rejected you, I understand how tough that is.

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Why God Makes You Go The Long Way

Sometimes God takes you the long way in life. That’s hard, because the direct route makes so much more sense. We’re all about efficiency. But God has a different destination in mind.

(Photo: Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

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Why You Never Need to Settle for Second Best with God

A friend of mine told me: “The only thing harder than waiting on God is wishing you had.” When our desires go unmet for a long time, it’s tempting to settle for second best and call it God’s will. That’s what the people of Reuben and Gad did.

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Praying for Rain in Your Searing Life

Summer. August. Texas. Stir those together and you get blistering days, muggy mornings, and sizzling evenings like a heat lamp over cheap pizza. But Wednesday morning, something amazing occurred.

(Photo: Wilderness of Paran. Courtesy of the Pictorial...

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How God’s Promised Land Gives You Hope Here and Now

Day after day of life demands we have faith in God. Lots of it. After all, so much of what God promises us is future. And honestly? It seems most of what we live for is a hope that never seems to arrive. God knows that.

(Photo: Area of Ai, near where...

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Mahanaim Teaches Us What to Do with Our Fears

So often, fear floods our hearts, because what we see seems so overwhelming. But the true source of our fears—as well as their solution—comes not from what we see.

(Photo: Mahanaim and fords of Jabbok. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

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When God Surprises Your Life with a Hard Left Turn

I recently heard that God is the God of hard left turns. So many of us began life headed one direction and ended up in a place we never thought we would. I bet that happened to you, didn’t it? Me too. And to the apostle Peter.

(Photo: El-Araj, one...

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Bethsaida—With God Your Past is Never Pointless

It’s hard feeling embarrassed about where you grew up. Maybe your family had problems. Perhaps your hometown or church seemed nothing special. You’re not alone. Three of Jesus’ disciples felt that way too.

(Photo: Plain of Bethsaida. Courtesy of the ...

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