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What do people think about their churches?

Crossway interviewed 10,000 people and asked a number of questions about how they felt about their local church; the results are fascinating and worth reviewing. You can find the article here.

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Sin in America – the Survey Says…

Two thirds of Americans believe they are sinners – but what to do about sin is a whole different subject entirely.  That’s the word from a survey of 1,000 Americans from LiveWay Research – check out the results here:  

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Are You a Healthy Church Member?

A really good article from Crossway (publishers of the ESV Bible) – Are you a healthy church member? A preview: When we talk about being members of a church, we’re not at all borrowing from the idea of membership in a rotary club, Sam’s Club, or bridge club. We’re actually using a term that’s distinctively […]

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Burnout? You’re Not Alone

Feeling burnt out?  You’re not alone – Crossway (publishers of the ESV Bible) recently surveyed 6,000 individuals about this very topic and the results were dramatic – so many believers today are stressed out and burnt out.  Check out the article here –  

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Marriage Reality Check

Another great article from Crossway today – 3 Things to Remember about Your (Imperfect) Marriage by Dr. Paul Tripp

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Love Emojis and a Taste of Reality

Wow – great article today from Crossway for Valentine’s – Love Emojis and a Taste of Reality

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Psalm 88 – How to Deal with Dark Times

Have you ever wondered why such a dark Psalm like Psalm 88 is in the Bible?  Well, there’s a great reason it’s in the Bible – read on…   How to Deal with Dark Times from Crossway on Vimeo.

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The Female Brain: Pregnant with Design

I just love stories like this – science once again showing the amazingly intricate, intentional way we were designed as men and women!  

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Pray for your Pastor!!!

A great article about a recent study from Barna/Pepperdine University about the very real struggles many of our pastors face.  PRAY FOR YOUR PASTOR(S)!!!  

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Biblical Archaeology’s Top 10 Discoveries of 2016

From Christianity Today –  

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Prayers of a Child – An Encouraging Story to Start 2017

I received this today from the Navigators – truly an example of hope and child-like faith in action!  

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Who was where at Christmas? A Christmas Timeline

An interesting infographic from Biblegateway about who was where during the Christmas story:  

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Biblegateway.com – Year in Review

I got a neat article from Biblegateway.com today, summarizing their top searches for the past year – no surprise “love” was the #1 word search and John 3:16 the top Bible verse search.  Check out the article here:  

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“Reclaiming Our Godly Sexuality” with Aaron and Nicole Baart – Third Church

Did you miss the “Reclaiming Our Godly Sexuality” event with Aaron and Nicole Baart at Third Church?  Handouts from the event are available, along with video of their presentation below – be blessed!  

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Remaining in Wisdom
All his laws are before me; I have not turned away from his decrees. Psalm 18:22

His laws are not the same as governmental laws which when broken, have the consequences of incarceration. However, there are some similarities. When we turn away from the wisdom of what God has said there are consequences and they could even be eternal. God wrote his commands not as a killjoy for our flesh, but as a fulfillment of our life.

The flesh should not get to decide how we will respond to the world but often it shouts. Our tendency may be to take our cue from how the flesh is reacting, but David reminds us to keep God’s laws before us just not in a legalistic way. To keep God’s truths, we need to resist the urge to cooperate with the flesh when it conflicts with wisdom.

Godly wisdom is life producing and living in wisdom, which God provides, will keep our path from becoming filled with the sinful consequences. The way God provides us wisdom is through His word. Becoming a student of his word will bring insights into our daily living.

Today in the Workplace
Listen to the wisdom of God and not your flesh.
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