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  • Practicing the Presence of God... Like Nehemiah

    There are lots of hints in the biblical book that bears his name that Nehemiah was a person who lived with an ongoing awareness of the presence of the Lord, and who highly valued the importance of communion with God.
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    February 8,2013
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  • The Shortest Verse in the New Testament

    What is the shortest verse in the New Testament? Did you respond “Jesus wept”? (Buzzer sound) No, that is the third shortest verse in the New Testament.
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    February 15,2013
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  • Are You Ready to Be a Missionary? A Checklist

    This post is for people who are praying seriously about the possibility of serving overseas in long-term cross-cultural missions. It may help you assess where you presently stand in terms of “readiness” for such a ministry assignment.
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    April 2,2014
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  • Top Factors in Growing Churches

    Two-thirds of everyone who has written about what makes churches grow agree on just six factors. What are those factors? Here are the consensus factors that are found in growing churches in North America.
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    March 26,2014
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  • How Many Herods are There in the Bible?

    There are actually six different “Herods” in the New Testament, and they are all somehow related to each other. Here are thumbnail sketches to help you keep track of who’s who.
    The Good Book Blog
    March 19,2014
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  • A Gospel Parable of the Kite

    A search of the Internet will reveal several different kite parables. I’d like to suggest a different kite parable, one that is more in keeping with Christian orthodoxy. My parable focuses on the kite itself as the gospel of salvation through faith in Christ alone, but not a faith that is alone.
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    March 12,2014
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  • Is the Bible Wrong about Camels in Genesis?

    Recent news reports are claiming that the references to camels in the patriarchal narratives (Gen 12:16; etc.) of Genesis are “anachronistic,” or historically out of place. But is this true?
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    March 5,2014
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  • A Leader’s Heart, Part 2

    As we again engage in the narrative, it is obvious that cooperation by all the residents is crucial. This challenge brings out yet another quality of Nehemiah’s heart: He wisely recruited other leaders in his quest to rebuild the walls for his people.
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    February 26,2014
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  • A Leader’s Heart, Part 1

    When listing great leaders, we think of Nehemiah, the man who rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem during the time of the great Persian Empire. Many books have been written about his skillful handling of a desperate situation. But I’d like us to look at his heart as he expertly leads.
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    February 19,2014
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  • Biblical Characteristics of Good Disciplers

    In this audio recording, Dr. Cardoza uses 1 Thessalonians 2 to discuss eight biblical characteristics of disciplers.
    February 5,2014
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  • No Stone Left Unturned: Solving a Minor Mystery

    Recently, while reading through the minor prophet Haggai in the LXX (the Greek Old Testament), I noticed a phrase that looked familiar.
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    January 29,2014
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  • Wright On?

    One of my self-imposed projects over the January break is to read through N. T. Wright’s (most recent) magnum opus, Paul and the Faithfulness of God.
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    January 22,2014
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  • Exponential Mentoring

    In an ideal world, all Christians would maintain three types of spiritual relationships as they walked through life.
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    January 15,2014
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  • Teaching Our Children Through Prayer

    I believe that when we pray with our children, our children learn about our relationship with the Lord and what we believe about God. Let’s look at three things we teach our children when they listen to us pray.
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    January 8,2014
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  • When God Changes Our Plans

    To say the least, I don’t deal with a “change in plans” well, especially when I am on vacation. Changes for me equal stress, hassles, and more work.
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    January 1,2014
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  • Praying Without Asking

    One of the exercises I have my spiritual formation students do is a prayer exercise in which they are to spend 30 minutes in prayer however they wish, but with one specific instruction – they are not supposed to ask for anything, for themselves or anyone else.
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    December 25,2013
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  • “Into Him” and “In Him” in Ephesians 1: Should We Leave These Out When We Translate into English?

    A couple days ago I was reading Ephesians 1 in Greek during my morning Bible-reading time. As I read, I was drawn to two phrases that are clearly present in Greek but are often eliminated in English.
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    December 18,2013
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  • Actually Praying

    If your life is anything like mine, you are the designated pray-er for family functions. But there is a significant risk when we bow for prayer but don’t actually pray.
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    December 11,2013
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  • Women in Jesus' Genealogy

    There are five women in the genealogy of Jesus Christ. In a time when genealogies didn’t normally contain even a single female name, why are these women included? And what does their presence imply?
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    December 4,2013
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  • God Has Dealt Bountifully with Me

    Thanksgiving is almost here. Sometimes, though, we have trouble entering into the full spirit of Thanksgiving. And we feel sad, and even a bit ungrateful as Thanksgiving approaches.
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    November 27,2013
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