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Running the Race of a Lifetime

  Imagine a group of people coming to your home and interrupting your Twinkie-eating, TV-watching routine with an urgent message: “Good News! We are from the United States Olympic Committee. We have been looking for someone to run the marathon … Continue reading

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Lose the Weight

The author of Hebrews wrote, “Therefore since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and run with endurance the race that lies … Continue reading

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What’s Holding You Back?

The finish line of faith is a life that is more Christian today than yesterday. The goal is not perfection, but progress. Hence, the Christian life is not like a tourist strolling in the park or a vacationer meandering along … Continue reading

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Are You A Quitter?

Some years after both of my parents had died, I drove to Alabama to handle some business matters with my family. After our meeting, my oldest sister, Ann, told us she had come across a note Daddy had written her … Continue reading

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5 Truths about God’s Discipline

The role of suffering and hardship is one of the most neglected issues in life, because we do not arrange for it to happen. Instead, life inevitably arranges it for us. Have you ever considered that the tests, trials, and … Continue reading

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Why Discipline Is Important

  Athletics—football in the fall, basketball in the winter, baseball in the spring and summer—provided the competition with opponents and the camaraderie with teammates that I enjoyed as a teenager. What I did not like about competitive athletics, however, was … Continue reading

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5 Actions to Take When You’re at a Crossroads

Transitional moments come with growing up: the changes from childhood to adolescence, adolescence to adulthood. At other times these transitions are artificial. The ages of 16, 40, and 65 have significant implications. Transitional moments can be forced upon people—divorce, relocation, … Continue reading

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This One Thing is Needed to Go Deeper in Your Relationships

  In many respects an elevator filled with people is a microcosm of our world today: a large, impersonal institution where anonymity, isolation, and independence are the uniform of the day. It shows us that people can be surrounded by … Continue reading

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The One Distinguishing Feature of a Real Man

  What is a man? It seems like a simple question, but many men don’t know the answer. Read the poem written by a young man to pastor and author Robert Lewis: What is a man? Is he someone who … Continue reading

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When There’s No Hope, What Then?

In the fall of 1997 I found myself living outside of a Cardiac Care Unit. For seven nights I slept on the floor of the waiting room of a hospital in Huntsville, Alabama. I was not there because I was … Continue reading

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