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The Secret to Walking in Love With the ‘Unloveable’

In his book The Singer, Calvin Miller says that love often stands quite close to hate. "Like silent chessmen, side by...
Step Into Effective Ministry

Step Into Effective Ministry

Just as a great sculptor gives complete attention to detail, God shapes every aspect of our character. With precision, He moves in rhythm with us through every turn of events in our lives, molding us into useful vessels.God will place men and women in our lives who...

Grace in Conflict

Grace in Conflict

One of the greatest weaknesses within the body of Christ
is our paranoia when it comes to handling conflict. Regardless of how
many Scripture verses we learn about addressing it, we still treat it
like the plague.

Why don’t we deal with discord truthfully and without
fear? Jesus taught us “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matt. 5:9, NKJV),
but we seem to have translated His words this way: “Blessed are the
doormats.” However, the truth is, peacemakers clearly practice the skill
of negotiation during conflict.

Guard Your Heart From Emotional Ties

Guard Your Heart From Emotional Ties

As her fingers eased over the piano keys, repeating gently the notes of the last chord of “Purify My Heart,” Karen knew in her spirit that many had been touched by the worship this evening. A lingering smile sent her way from Wes, the worship team leader, confirmed it.

Karen slid quietly off the piano bench and headed for the music office. She glanced at her watch. If her husband, Marty, had been here, he would have been irritated that the music had taken so much time. He was always in a hurry to get home to his computer and The Wall Street Journal. She sighed.

“What was the sigh for?” asked Wes, who had been following her down the dimly lit hall of the Sunday school wing. “A pretty lady like you shouldn’t have a care in the world! And your piano playing was…was…how can I describe the beauty and majesty you draw from those keys? Just being on the same team with you has been a thrill for me.”

Karen slowed her steps to match his.

Honor Releases Godly Love

Honor Releases Godly Love

In his book The Singer, Calvin Miller says that love often stands quite close to hate: "Like silent chessmen, side by side. Only the color of the squares is different."Unfortunately, it's true. In one moment we can be loving and honoring, and in the next, hating and...

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