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The Work of the Spirit

Reprinted from the sermon archives of the late Bible teacher, Ray Stedman: The passage known as the Upper Room Discourse in the gospel of John 13-17 takes us into the intimate thoughts of Jesus just before His crucifixion. Some have called this the “Holy of Holies” of Scripture. That is, …

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What Does it Take to Obey?

Reprinted from the sermon archives of the late Bible teacher, Ray Stedman: “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him” (John 14:21). To …

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, friends. Take time to embrace your family, drink the deep air, turn small and large moments into prayer, and celebrate the gifts of God, no matter your present circumstance. “I believe in a life of celebration. I believe that the world we wake up to every day is filled …

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How Eternity Anchors Us, Pt. 2

If you love Jesus in this life, you will eventually awaken to the truth that in a sense you exist outside your true place. We are all outside perfection. We dwell in the land of mess and rain, where bullies roam. Yes, grace is there with us, like a friend drawing us …

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How Eternity Anchors Us Through Hard Times

Finding Answers in the Ache In my previous post, I reflected on the painful silent periods of faith, using the metaphor of the darks side of the moon. When we enter periods of darkness and confusion, as difficult as it can be, we must try take a step back and …

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Finding God on the Dark Side of the Moon

The Dread of Radio Silence Flash back with me. I’ve been contemplating the dark side of the moon, the part you never see. In 1995, Tom Hanks starred in Apollo 13, the gripping account of the failed 13th mission in NASA’s famed Apollo series. The movie is a dramatic retelling …

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Live Chat Q&A Featuring Batson and Paul! – Nov. 14 @ 8 pm (Central)

For the archived copy of this Chat…CLICK HERE! I’m very happy to report that bestselling authors Donita K. Paul and Wayne Thomas Batson will join me here for a live 90 minute chat this coming Monday, Nov. 14. As most of you know, Wayne and Donita helped to pioneer the …

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The Bird is As You Choose it to Be

This is not my own. It is a retelling of an old Oriental proverb. Yet the wisdom it contains is simple, memorable, and impacting. High in the Himalayan mountains lived a wise old man. Some said he was crazy. Periodically, he ventured down into the local village to entertain the …

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The Contest: Step-by-Step Illustrated Instructions

I still recommend acquainting yourself with the full contest rules: Mid-Level Detail or Full Blown, but the easiest version is shown below: [slideshow]

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WriterTips: A Character Named Creed

How much do authors invest in the backstory of their secondary characters? In an earlier post, I discussed the conventions and process of naming characters within the fantasy genre. The Legends of Karac Tor revolves around a series of adventures by four brothers in the Hidden Lands of Karac Tor. …

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