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Ed Jordan: Five-lettered Life Changers

Think of something, represented by a five-letter word, that almost everyone in the world has encountered and that often has changed the life of the person who encountered it. What would be the word you would choose?

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John Upton: Moment of Decision  

The Gospel plot could hardly be simpler. A man walks up to two fishermen saying, “Come with me,” and they get up and do it. Jesus sees two more fishermen, says the same thing, and they, too, get up and follow.  

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Joe McDowell: Strong Motivation Required

Setting goals is one thing; following through is another. Staying on target requires strong motivation. Personal goals are much harder to reach, because the motivation to complete these goals often must be self-generated. In other words, no one else is "holding your feet to the fire,” so you must do it yourself!

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Ed Jordan: The God Who Moved a Mountain

After Christmas, many pastors take some time off to renew themselves after the onslaught of the work schedule of Advent and Christmas. I did this myself this year. The frigid temperatures and icy roads provided a good excuse to stay home. Around that time, a friend gave me a book titled: “The Man Who Moved a Mountain,” written by Richard C. Davids. It is the story of a man named Robert W. Childress, who grew up as a mountain man in a very rough, isolated area of the Blue Ridge mountains. It is the story of what God can do through one person committed to God and committed to loving the people God sent him--or her—to impact. I cannot tell you how strongly this book touched me, as someone who has given much of his ministry to ministering to those who often aren’t even visible on other peoples’ radar.

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Fresh Expressions US: We’re Not Alone After All!

From the moment Melodee and I walked into the first session of the Fresh Expressions National Gathering, our hearts began to stir within us. Though we had been in many large momentous denominational gatherings throughout our 35-year ministry, neither of us had ever been in an environment like this before.

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Joe McDowell: Set Challenging but Reasonable Goals

My focus is on goals that we make for ourselves for personal growth. I will address goals we may make in three areas of our lives. They are spiritual goals, intellectual goals, and physical goals. These goals are typically not mandatory (though there may be some cases when they are) and these are areas of growth the Bible places emphasis on in some way.

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Rusty Mullins: Making Lasting Change

The trouble with new year’s resolutions is the fact that a resolution made on the first day of the year has no greater ability to be kept than a promise made any other day of the year. Just because you say it on January 1st does not mean that you are actually going to do what is needed to make that happen.

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Ed Jordan: Mr. Spock was Right!

After a long period of performing complex tasks or thinking, after continuous pressure from deadlines, or heavy stress, sometimes we just need to make things simple.

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Ed Jordan: Whom is Christmas For?

If Christmas is only about exchanging gifts, it is over fast. However, Christmas is about much, much more than that. Christmas is the day that changed the destiny of the people of Earth.

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Ed Jordan: What Drives Your Decisions?

In Matthew 1:18-25 we see the account of Joseph struggling with a decision. He was engaged to Mary, and she turns up pregnant. Joseph and Mary had not yet had the kind of relationship needed to produce a child, so he was trying to decide what he should do. Should he break off the engagement, cancel the wedding, and privately give Mary divorce papers so she could marry someone else? Should he face the crowds and the scandal? Just like today, public opinion can get quite nasty.

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