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Dealing with Betrayal

We are quickly coming up to Easter, the time when we commemorate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. But we can also gain insight from other events that Jesus went through during Holy Week.

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When You Feel Small

We live in a culture that often thinks bigger is better. There are some things about being a big church which are appealing, such as having multiple staff to contribute to more ministries and services. They often have greater financial resources, more people to accomplish tasks, and supposedly therefore more options to offer a buffet of services.  

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Living the Word of God

How would you describe your relationship with the Bible? What do I mean by that question?How do you relate to the Bible? Do you encounter the Bible annually, monthly, weekly, or daily? How frequently do you interact with its contents? If someone interviewed you and asked these questions, what would be your response?

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Making a Good Deal

Do you remember watching game shows? One of my favorites was “Let’s Make a Deal,” where the contestant had to choose to keep a known gift or risk trading it for an unknown gift that could turn out to be something better or a real clunker. Either way, their choice had consequences.  

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What Does Prayer Change?

There have been many books written that allude to prayer changing things. That being the case, questions immediately arise regarding what things does prayer change, and what things does prayer not change?

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Why Pray?

Recently I have been exploring the theme of prayer. It is a vast subject with many ways to approach it.

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Inspect with Prayer

Turn on the TV, listen to the news, hear the radio, and look around: the truth is inescapable. People are getting meaner, crueler, and more apt to show it.

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Whole-sum Living

As one gets older there is a tendency to evaluate one’s life, beliefs, values, and indeed, the merit of all these things. Some of us spend a lot of time evaluating these things, and a few of us have the audacity to share some of our insights and ideas with others who might be wondering about the same things we are. This column is an expression of one such thought.  

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Ed Jordan: A Tale of Two Lives

A Tale of Two Cities, written by Charles Dickens in 1859, is a historical novel depicting the era of the French Revolution. In its opening lines we find one of the greatest quotes in English literature.

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Ed Jordan: What Makes a Great Team?

Very soon March Madness will be upon us as the Championship NCAA Tournament begins. I love to watch the excellent teams play and compete. Every year it is a reminder of some of the fundamentals regarding team sports. One player, no matter how fabulous he or she is, does not a great team make.

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Ed Jordan: It’s Time for Climate Change

The emotional climate of our culture today needs some climate change. We need to become a part of changing the mood and atmosphere of our culture. In today’s column we will consider how to purposely begin changing our focus and filters with which we look at—and relate to—the world.

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Ed Jordan: Seeking the Seeking God

With the arrival of the new year, most of us are seeking a better year than the last one. It is a good thing to seek to improve our lives, whenever we can do this. But when it comes to planning the new year, we tend to neglect the element of our spiritual lives. People are willing to talk about a lot of things related to their lives, but the spiritual condition of their lives is rarely among them. Why is this?

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