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Where Does Your Obedience Lie?

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In reading the Gospels, Jesus called people to serve a life of discipleship. For many, this life of servanthood required leaving everything at once—even what was near and dear. Consider the subsequent encounter in Mark 2:13-14—”He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, …

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I’m Struggling in a Hospital Bed & God Allowed it on Purpose

Phase one of Oakwood Annapolis Hospital Emergency Department construction completed. Phase one opened for use November 8, 2012.

I’m laying in a hospital bed—miserable, bored, depressed, and confused. I’ll spare you the details, but to make a long story short I’ve had a heart defect since birth. At thirty-one years of age it has caused two major heart surgeries and five less serious procedures, the last of which unsuccessfully took …

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Watch Da’ T.R.U.T.H.’s Full Interview with Dr. Ravi Zacharias

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I hope for your sake that you haven’t slept on Da’ T.R.U.T.H.’s new project It’s Complicated.  I’m not sure I’ve ever heard an album that has so thoroughly sought to answer difficult questions about the Christian faith. It required a great deal of humble transparency on his part to admit his …

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Real World Examples of God’s Peace Surpassing All Understanding

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A side effect of developing a relationship with God is the widening of your perspective on the world. As the omniscient lone source of truth, God begins revealing it to you as your faith allows you to handle it.  Before long you’ve realized that God’s existence, and your reconciliation to …

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Remembering the Time Wolverine Repented of His Sins (Video)

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I’m an 80’s baby, 1985 to be exact.  I grew up watching He-Man, Voltron, G.I. Joe, and my favorite cartoon, The X-Men.  I don’t know what has happened to childhood entertainment since my upbringing, but let’s all have a moment of honesty and admit that we knew the glory days were …

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Trials Are Necessary for Success

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Does it seem as if you go through trials the unconventional way?  You may say to yourself, “I can never catch a break” or, “If it ain’t one thing, it’s another.”  Let me encourage you to stop thinking like that and change your perspective.  You are showing by example that the seemingly …

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New Battle Footage Shows ISIS Not Living Up to Their Propaganda

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When I think of ISIS, I find myself wanting to pray for their complete and utter destruction, but wind up falling under conviction to lift them up for salvation instead.  Their fame as terrorists is based on not only killing Christians, but using brutal creativity to do so.  Unlike so many terrorist organizations, they …

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Joel Osteen Explains Why He Doesn’t Preach About Hell

Joel Osteen discusses his upcoming book after he  and his wife,  Victoria Osteen finished leading a worship service, Sunday, at Lakewood Church, the congregation he took over 8 years ago after the death of his father, John Osteen,  founder of the institution. The younger Osteen moved the congregation from its outgrown northeast Houston established site to the building formerly known as the Compaq Center and before that as the Summit, where the Houston Rockets won two championships, circuses entertained with clowns, tigers and elephants and numerous rock stars had packed audiences on their feet, not unlike today's service. Dodie Osteen, John's widow and Joel's mother, sat near him during parts of the service. Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, in Houston. (Steve Ueckert / Chronicle)
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The internet’s favorite theological punching bag, Joel Osteen, recently opened up to CBS Sunday Morning‘s Tracy Smith in a piece they titled The Positivity of Joel Osteen.  They discussed his testimony that led to him being the pastor of the largest congregation in the United States, and Tracy went on to ask him, …

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