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Christmas with Paul, David, and Matthew

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The gratitude of Thanksgiving quickly turns to the anticipation of Christmas; as we approach the celebration of the Incarnation, deep appreciation for God’s incredible mercy fills our hearts. I have been reflecting on the introduction to the Christmas story in Matthew, with Acts, and 2nd Samuel informing this text....

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Christmas Maths

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Mathew's introduction to the Christmas story makes one big point: it all adds up to Christ....

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Not A Watchmaker

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In one of her biggest hit songs, Bette Midler sings that God is watching us from a distance. It's a beautiful song, except that it's not true. God's not watching from a distance; he is personally engaged in the details of our lives....

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Transcending Time

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As the nights grow from cool to cold we bask in the glory of our great God. I’m so excited about what the Lord is doing with and through CBU, and I am so encouraged by our partnership together. We just had an amazing time together at our November Gathering in Ridgecrest; when we get together, we generate a world-changing faith. For those of you missed our November Ga...

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Back To Basics

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Faithfully following Jesus means faithfully passing on to others what he has entrusted to us....

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Transfigured On Purpose

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By unveiling the glory of Jesus, the Father got the attention of the disciples so they would listen to him....

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Eagles and Turkeys

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God seats us in Christ in the heavenly places, but we often forget who we are and spend our time pecking around with an earth-based perspective....

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Following Jesus

Someone exploring the Christian faith recently asked me: 'What does it mean to follow Jesus - practically - on a day to day basis?' That's a great question - and here's my answer....

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The Mighty One

We live in a constant tension regarding which narrative about ourselves we're going to believe: are we going to be shaped by the many voices around us, or will be be shaped by what God says about us?...

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Harvest Time

Jesus is continually inviting us to partner with Him in the Father's harvest, even when it doesn't seem like it is the opportune time....

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Strength and Courage

Have you ever faced a moment of genuine intimidation? Have you ever been gripped with fear to the degree that you were paralysed - unable to move? This is what Joshua felt as he stood at the threshold of his moment of destiny....

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Reflections on my daughter's wedding

Weddings happen all over the world, every day. But it's not every day that my own daughter gets married. We just returned from Nagoya, Japan, where my oldest daughter Julia married Kazuyoshi Matsumoto. Here's the story behind the story, followed by some reflections from a fatherly perspective. ...

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The Mission of Easter

It’s that time of year when we get to hit the pause button from everything else going on ...

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Ministry Update: Busy But Blessed

A common response to the question, 'How's it going?' is 'Busy!'. And while it's true that we can be too busy, I often respond by saying, 'Better busy than bored!'. And while that's also true, there is something that's even better than being busy - and that is being blessed. In reflecting on what we've been up to, we've been busy ... but we're blessed!...

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The Year of Jubilee

Jesus came to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor, a spiritual jubilee in which we are restored to the happy land of our relationship with God. This positions us for active participation in God's purposes, including gratitude-based generosity. Every time we give, every moment we share with those in need, every week we set aside a tithe and give it to God to fund his wors...

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Fallin' Short

I was disappointed in the outcome of the Super Bowl. But the good news is that Jesus never disappoints us....

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Super Bowl Season

God's vision for our lives is victory, not survival. But victory is about more than winning personally - it's about God's purposes winning. ...

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Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Imagine a generous husband who gets a big bonus and decides to buy his wife a diamond ring for Christmas. It comes in small package, and when she opens it, she admires it, thanks him, but then sets it to the side. In the midst of all the Christmas-day chaos, the small but valuable diamond ring gets knocked off the end table, covered in Christmas paper, and lost. ...

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Faith for the New Year

As we prepare to enter the New Year, our focus on being faithful with the gospel is more important than ever. I was recently chatting with my dad about the impact CBU has had over the decades since our first conference in 1974. Thousands have been touched, but it has been for a purpose. ...

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My Perspective on the Presidential Election

Our nation is still processing the results of the recent election. As Christians, it is important to allow the Bible to frame not only how we think about this election, but how we position ourselves in a nation that desperately needs healing. For believers, the mission of God has to be the over-riding concern that governs our lives. ...

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Navigating Transitional Times

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We live in turbulent times of significant transition. How do we navigate these moments?...

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A Series of Fortunate Events

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Sometimes a small seed planted grows into something big - and grows into unexpected places....

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Crossing The Jordan

Every generation has the 'cross the Jordan' to enter the place, purpose, and provision God has for it....

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Surviving The Storms

How do we navigate the storms that hit us as we follow Jesus? Several stories in the Bible point us in the right direction....

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Walking With the Father

What does maturity look like? How do we grow up in Christ? There are a few power verses that give us an answer. ...

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Pentecostal Power

God gives us the power of the Holy Spirit to make us effective witnesses. The compelling story of Ivan Vornaev show's God's power in action. ...

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A Power Paradigm

The Book of Acts describes an Apostolic Paradigm for Gospel Progress. We need the Power of the Holy Spirit - And More....

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The Wisdom of Seeking God

A Power Promise: Enjoy the reward of Seeking God in 2012...

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The Best Is Yet To Come

As we start a new year, we start with the faith that God has great things in store for us....

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