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Does God Want to Burst Your Bubble?

As the story of Simba vividly illustrates, sometimes even those of us who think we know who we are (or who have been told who we are our whole lives by our culture, our family of origin, or God Himself ) wander and need reminding. This is a prodigal journey, and it takes many forms—some

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What is Your Good News?

The idea of a gospel that is both unchanging and deeply personal, both the same for everyone and completely different for each of us, sounds perplexing, but it’s a solid theological concept. The Greek word euangelion (εὐαγγέλιον) translates exactly to the words good news or good message. It was a term originally used in wartime.

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The Meaning of a Fruitful Life

Healthy human life is fruitful life. We sense this at a deep level. For instance, the desire for abundance can bring forth a home with children, a bountiful flower garden, a farm flourishing with crops, a job with creative opportunities, a business with steady growth, an expanding role in public leadership, or simply the sharing

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How to Let God Choose Your Path in Life

When I was twenty-six years old, I exercised my right to waive my rights and surrendered my life to the Lord. When I turned forty, I was surprise at how quickly the years had passed, and realized that in all probability my life was half over. I was familiar with James 4:14, which teaches that

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Dying to Self > Debate

One of the benefits of living in a democracy is our right to freedom of opinion. But as followers of Christ, we are called to be ambassadors of God’s counter-cultural kingdom. Are our debates and adversarial conversations causing more confusion than edification? Efrem Smith, author, speaker, and president of World Impact, addresses this and several other topics in his new

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