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Paul’s Thorn In the Flesh

There has been a lot of debate through the centuries regarding the Apostle Paul’s “thorn in the flesh.” He refers to it in 2 Corinthians 12:7: “Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep …

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The Information Age and the Need for Discernment

We live in an amazing age of advancement. When I was growing up in the 1970s, we essentially had two versions of the Bible, the King James Version and the New International Version. There were other more obscure translations, but these were the two primary translations of the Bible. Today, we have dozens of Bible translations and paraphrases. One I …

Paul’s Postcard to Philemon

No one likes conflict. When we are at odds with those we love, it can create a lot of stress. Sometimes, we’re not the one at odds, but we are stuck in the middle between two friends or family members who are at odds with each other. Negotiating that kind of relationship can often feel like a high wire act—one …

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To Finish the Mission Requires Courage

As we continue our study of Finish the Mission during GO Month 2015 at First Family Church, we come to the topic of courage. A short definition of courage is simply to place yourself in a position where the outcome is uncertain. Courage is often associated with heroes who place their very life at risk in order to save others. …

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Oh God, Make Your Passion My Mission

One of the core  themes of the Star Wars saga is the rebellion of the evil empire against the good represented by the Republic and the Jedi Knights. As we watch movies like Star Wars, we identify ourselves with the good guys, those who fight for the brotherhood of mankind and the ultimate triumph of good over evil. Culturally, we …