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The Struggle and the Mystery

It is worth the struggle, but there is a struggle. Like Paul, we who proclaim the mystery explained in the gospel of Christ recognize that there is a battle going on as the accuser tries to nullify the effects of the message. The cross as God's remedy for mankind's dilemma is still controversial. It looks like defeat to those who want God to act on our behalf and defeat th...

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Energized

It is always sad to hear that someone has "burned out" in his or her endeavors to minister in Christ's name. In our driven culture it is almost a badge of honor to claim such. "Wow!" we think, "This person has given of themselves for others to the point of total exhaustion!" They are often without vision, passion, and energy to go on, but like a field-worker whose has ha...

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Him We Proclaim

This verse has been a part of the logo on my stationary since 1975. It has been my mission statement. I am painfully aware that I have not always adhered to its singular purpose. It is easy to get sidetracked and proclaim something less. For the Christian, there can be no other mission. To do anything less is to miss the point of ministry. What could compare to proclaiming...

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Revealed to the Saints

For centuries, the fullness of God's purpose on earth was hidden. Even the great patriarchs of the faith only saw in part. They saw so much, but it wasn't fully revealed to them how the final goal would be accomplished, and they weren't sure how it would look....

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More On the Mystery

Secularism purports to offer a conflict-free society since it relegates religion to the unessential and absurd---only for those not enlightened enough to face the facts of reality. It claims that religion is the cause of trouble and war. Ignoring life's design, its adherents work feverishly to make sense of life as on earth. When they can find no purpose, they boldly decla...

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The Missing Piece

When Jesus is not the center of the picture, the photograph is terribly out of focus. When he is not the center of the story, history is just a tale told by men full of sound and fury. When he is not the center of the puzzle, the problem is never solved....

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The Great Mystery

I wish all Christian ministers understood their assignment as Paul did. He knew that the one thing he must do was make the word of God fully known. Everything good in a person's life comes from knowing the fullness of God. Even if we succeed in giving people what they want, if we aren't making the word of God fully known, we are failures....

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The Word of God Fully Known

Too many well meaning Christians base their decisions on a partially known word of God. The fully known word produces a life of joyful participation in the mission of exalting Jesus to the ends of the earth. Just as it was in the Garden of Eden, the enemy's attack is on the word of God. Hell's legions are gladly willing for people to know part of the word while thinking th...

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Rejoicing in Sufferings

This seems an odd statement to the contemporary American Christian. We not only have been led to view suffering as something to avoid, it is often seen as evidence that our faith is defective. We are often exhorted to believe some specific admonition so that we will find the highest level of comfort and convenience possible. We are embarrassed about our suffering more than...

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No Shifting Hope

Every religion in the world, except the gospel of Jesus Christ, offers alternatives to regain God's favor. When the gospel is not central (and repeated often) we slip in our faith and shift in our hope....

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