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Prayer Calendar for the Persecuted Church

Do you have a heart for the persecuted church around the world?  Are you looking for a unique gift idea this Christmas?  Well how about a 2017 Prayer Calendar for the persecuted church from Voice of the Martyrs?  They are just $5 each, or as low as $1.45 each if you purchase 20!  Check out […]

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The Word of God is now in over 3,200 languages!!!

I have a good friend who works for Wycliffe Bible Translators – I saw this news article today and thought of him – such exciting news that the Word of God is now available in at least some form in over 3,200 languages, including the full Bible in 636 languages!!!  You can check out the article […]

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12 Prayers to Keep Christ in Christmas

Looking for a way to keep things in perspective this Christmas season and make sure Christ doesn’t get lost in all the hustle and bustle?  I think this simple prayer guide from the Navigators could be a big help!  

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What to talk about at Thanksgiving dinner?

Ok – I’m an introvert at heart, so I have a really hard time making small talk when I’m in large groups, especially if they are people I don’t know well.  I received this today from Donald S. Whitney, the author of Family Worship – 10 questions to ask at your Thanksgiving gathering. I may give this […]

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Should I Try to be my Child’s Friend?

Great question – one we as parents probably struggle with a lot.  Paul David Tripp has something to say about all this – I think it is a really good word:   Should I Try to Be My Child’s Friend? from Crossway on Vimeo.

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Wycliffe #WhyBible Campaign

Many young people today feel the Bible has no relevance to their lives – Wycliffe Bible Translators is trying to do something about this with their #WhyBible Campaign – check out the video below:  

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#WhyBible – Does the Bible Still Matter?

Barna’s 2016 “State of the Bible” survey highlights that while Americans hold various views on the Bible, one in five teens and one in three millennials believe that the Bible is not divinely inspired. What is more, only 16 percent of millennials would say that the Bible is the actual Word of God. I have […]

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Show my Child Grace, or Lay Down the Law?

Are you a parent?  Do you ever struggle with the tension between law and grace?  Are the two things – law and grace – fundamentally at odds, or do they complement one another? Check out this great word from author and teacher Paul David Tripp called “Show my Child Grace, or Lay Down the Law?” […]

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YouVersion Stories: Noah Snyder

I love the YouVersion app on my iPhone – it’s such a great way to have the Bible with me anywhere, and I especially love that I can access dozens of different versions of the Word right at my fingertips! Pro surfer and gym owner Noah Snyder uses the YouVersion Bible app as well – […]

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Recipe of the Week – Mini Apple Pies

Well it has been a long, LONG time, but I thought it would be fun to bring back Ryan’s Recipe of the Week! Many of us are intimidated by the thought of baking a pie; a couple weeks ago I found myself wondering if there was an easier way to bake a pie, and have […]

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Another Reason to Thank God for Viruses(?!?)

I woke up this morning with a bad earache, probably the first severe one I’ve had in over 10 years. I also received my weekly e-mail update from reasons.org, the ministry of Hugh Ross, a researcher who uses science to show that what the Bible says about our universe is true. One of the articles […]

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Give a Bible: Change a Life

I got this request this week from the International Bible Society: Dear fellow Christ follower, As you know, radical Islam is spreading around the world. And it seems that all we hear about is about the suffering, lost lives and tragedy it brings. But – in the face of so much unspeakable evil – there […]

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Ryan’s Recipe of the Week – Candied Pecans

Want a super easy to make treat that will have people beating down your doors begging for more?  This is it – Candied Pecans!  The recipe takes a little over an hour (you have to stir them every 15 minutes for an hour) but they are well worth the wait.  Use them as toppings on […]

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November is National Adoption Month

I know so many of you are passionate about protecting and cherishing life, and that includes foster care and adoption. Did you know November is officially National Adoption Month? Iowa KidsNet is a statewide organization that helps Iowa families who are seeking to foster, or adopt children out of foster care. Every year 23,000 children […]

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The Oldest Reference Ever Found for the City of Jerusalem

I love archaeology.  I love even more how archaeology shows that what the Bible says is true.  I’ve had the privilege of traveling to Israel 3 times (1992, 2005, and 2009) and love visiting places that the Bible talks about and seeing them first-hand. There was an article today about a 7th Century BC papyrus […]

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The Gift of Selflessness
Written by Drew Paden

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interest but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus."
Philippians 2: 3-5

In a world that constantly preaches on capturing the "American Dream," and becoming "successful," it is easy to lose sight of a gift such as selflessness. While selflessness in the form of personal ambition and interests is a fruitful gift and one that we are called to have, we often forget about selflessness in our relationships.

In this passage from Philippians 2, Paul urges the church in Philippi to strip off selfishness in all areas of their life. It is easy to hone in on our visible actions, and material possessions but the Bible repeatedly gives us valuable wisdom on how to be selfless with them. But what does it mean to have this in relationships? Paul tells us right here: "value others above yourselves," and have the "same mindset as Christ Jesus." When you value the people in your life more than you value your own, your relationship with them is not affected by the bad days you have, or how you are feeling at the moment. It is not about what YOU want or need, but what THEY want and need and this is having the mindset of Jesus. He did not need to leave paradise to redeem the world, but We needed Him to. He displayed the ultimate sign of selflessness in His relationship with us.
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Our earthly relationships will grow and flourish when we live this way, but in our relationship with Jesus, it is a necessity. We cannot allow whatever we have done, and whatever is currently happening in our daily lives, to influence what is true every day. Jesus gave the sacrifice that never stops giving, and never changes. We have to build and develop our relationship with Him based on what He has done, and what He is doing, not the other way around. Having a selfless relationship with Jesus is to love and meet Him every day, because every day He is waiting to love and meet YOU.
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