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How Not to Discourage Your Own Family

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Husband and wife discouraged and fighting with each other.

The Battle in My Home I have an ongoing “battle” with my wife Lindsay. I want our home clean and orderly and she does too, just not to the extent that I do. In the home that I grew up in, you could have built microchips so clean and dust free was it. And there were just two of us children, no dogs, and my mother was a very fastidious keeper of the house. My daily words to Lindsay expressing my dissatisfaction as to the state of our home discourages her because, in her mind, she is doing all she. . .
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Basement Tape #155: Putting On the Full Armor of God (Righteousness & Truth)

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Audio: The Full Armor of God 1 (Basement Tapes #155)

The Belt of Truth & Breastplate of Righteousness

In Ephesians 6 we are told to put on the full armor of God that we might stand against the devil’s schemes. In this conversation we talk about how this isn’t just poetic advice, but critical counsel for the reality of the battle. In Basement Tape #155 we consider girding our waist with truth, and donning the breastplate of righteousness. How do righteousness and truth operate as armor and prepare us for battle? How does leaving these critical pieces of armor behind leave us vulnerable to assault? Join us for a conversation that will help you prepare for battle.

 

3 Ways We Let Worry Rule Our Future

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Do not worry about tomorrow. Man worrying about the clock.

Do Not Worry About Tomorrow Man is the only created being that not only functions in time, but also attempts to control it. More specifically, man worries about the future. While squirrels may harvest nuts for the winter, and bees make honey for future consumption instinctively, Man tends to go beyond provision, seeking to control or escape the future. This is a clear violation of Jesus’ exhortation not to worry about tomorrow (Matthew 5:25-34). Three Ways We Worry Planning for the future—that is biblically wise, as is walking by faith. However, here are three harmful ways to consider the future,. . .
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Living Like You Mean It

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New Year’s Resolutions It’s the time of year for resolutions, maybe a little past. If you’re late in making your resolutions that just gives you an easy place to start your list. List item number one: stop procrastinating. You know you have them, whether you care to voice them to the world or not, and your list is probably not all that different from the lady in front of you at Starbucks. “Triple, Grande, Caramel Macchiato please, no whip.” “Certainly, Ma’am, will that be all?” “A body that’s 20 pounds slimmer, a home makeover, and someone to keep me from. . .
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Don’t Waste Your Inheritance

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Wasted inheritance (crumpled money)

We Have Received an Inheritance The Lord explains to us in the first chapter of Job that we have come into this world naked, and that we shall leave this world in the same condition. As much as this is true, it is not an empty world into which we have come! The Lord Himself has prepared an earthly place for us. Of course He is the creator, so all things we see come from His hand. But another thing we must recognize is that much of what we receive comes to us, molded and developed, passing through the hands. . .
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Drop the Cheetos & Exercise Your Spiritual Gifts

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Drop the Cheetos & Exercise Your Spiritual Gifts

All Christians Have Spiritual Gifts In Romans 12, Paul mentions a series of spiritual gifts as part of his exhortations to the church in Rome. The gifts mentioned in this particular list are prophecy, ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving, leading, and mercy. If you move to 1 Corinthians 12, there is some overlap, but among the additional gifts mentioned are knowledge, faith, healings, miracles, discernment, tongues, and interpretation of tongues. If we are Christians, filled by the Holy Spirit, we will be gifted in some form or fashion along the lines mentioned in Scripture for service to the Church. None of. . .
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The Heart is Deceitful, What’s the Cure?

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The Heart is Deceitful, What is the Cure?

The Heart is Deceitful, and So are Movies and Chocolates… Disney has been telling us something for years. From Mulan to Tarzan, Disney songs have called us to trust our hearts. Recently my Dove chocolate told me to trust my heart! Consequently, we are quite prone to trust our hearts, and our hearts are quite willing to deceive us. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9) The heart is wily, always pretending to be good, yet desperately wicked. You thought your heart was good, but it fooled you. It also turns. . .
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How to Be Patient (a drama in five scenes)

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How to Be Patient

Scene 1: Be Patient Like You’re Dead Somewhere in the hills of southwest Virginia a man waits pensively, in one of the cavernous rooms within the underground headquarters of Highlands Ministries. Finally a door opens.. “Laurence?” “Yes?” “We need you to write another article. We need you to do it on how to be patient.” “What!” “You heard me; Patience. You’ve got 3 weeks.” “How am I supposed to do that?!” “This conversation is ended.” Every person that I know that could be considered completely patient has one thing in common — they are all dead. Not only are they. . .
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Man in the Mirror — Living Up to the Ideal

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Man in the Mirror — Living Up to the Ideal

I had an encounter recently with my chief nemesis. He is well known to me and some of you have had occasion to meet him. He is not my favorite guy but he is always challenging when he is not being morose or too cavalier. “So,” he says to me, “what is driving your life?” “What do you mean?” say I, for it is apparent that my adversary is armed with agenda. “You know my life quite well,” I continued. “You know how I live and what I do and what my vocation is.” As I said these words I. . .
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Live Faithfully in a World of Temptation

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Living Faithfully in a World of Temptation

Temptation in the Garden of Eden It is interesting to note when looking at the account of Adam and Eve in the garden that, before the fall, they had only one temptation to deal with. ONE. Don’t eat the forbidden fruit. Now, we know that the fall had more to do with eating fruit. In fact, one could make the case that pretty much all of the ten commandments were violated either directly or indirectly in that one sin. Summed up, they didn’t care for the limitation placed on them by their Master, and made themselves slaves to another one.. . .
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Idolatry — Making Good Things, Ultimate Things

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Idolatry — Making Good Things, Ultimate Things

Stories of Idolatry When my children, Bethany and Noah, were younger, I’d climb in bed with them and begin story time. It was rarely a Bible story or traditional bedtime story, but something we’d make up on the spot. I always involved them in the creation process. When the character came to a fork in the road, I’d ask my son which way he should go. Or when a mysterious email arrived in the story, I’d ask my daughter to imagine what the email said and tell us. After she was done, the story would continue to its happy ending.. . .
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Is Gossip a Sin as Depraved as Sodomy?

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Is Gossip as Depraved as Sodomy?

The Results of Depraved Thinking Those who forsake God are forsaken by Him. This truth is proclaimed throughout Scripture, and is especially clear in our text (Romans 1:28-32) and the verses which precede it. When a person or a people suppress the truth in unrighteousness (v. 18) and do not honor and give thanks to the LORD (v. 21), when they exchange the glory of God for idolatry (v. 23) and truth for a lie worshipping the creature rather than the Creator (v. 25), in a word, when they refuse to acknowledge Father, Son and Holy Spirit as the one. . .
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