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Warming Body and Soul

This Christmas season as we think about making donations consider gifting a Bible to a Christian organization. Chris Morrison, pastor at Macedonia Temple of God in Aurora, IL, shares how his church’s love for others spurred them on to start giving gifts to warm the body and soul. “Several years ago my wife proposed that […]

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Immerse Pastor Interview

Chris Morrison is the bi-vocational pastor of Macedonia Temple of God in Aurora, IL, the church his father started 36 years ago. After earning an MBA from Northwestern University, Chris was living the upwardly mobile life—great job, an apartment on Lakeshore Drive, lots of friends, and lots of partying. A stint in rehab got him […]

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What is Conversion?

I remember some years back when I was just starting out in youth ministry, I was working at a church that liked to handle decisions for Christ in an altar-call sort of way. You know, where someone up front asks people to raise their hands and then perhaps come forward to pray and accept Jesus […]

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What’s Your Why?

Meet Mawi Asgedom. Mawi was born on September 29, 1976, in Ethiopia at the onset of civil war within the country. Mawi’s father had to leave the country when Mawi was a toddler, leaving him behind with his brother, sister, and mother. Every day, Mawi’s mother cared for her small children amidst war and death. […]

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How to Keep Breathing When All Seems Lost

From the earliest days of our marriage, I longed for and prayed for a large family. My dream of love-filled, chaotic Christmas mornings came true when my only son presented me with the six most precious grandchildren on earth. They lived hundreds of miles away, but miles can’t affect the love of a grandma. Each phone […]

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The Beyond Suffering Bible: An Interview with Joni Eareckson Tada

  About 1-in-5 people in the USA live with some type of physical disability; 10 million people a year experience a serious mental illness; and 1-in-6 Americans struggle with chronic health conditions, leading to roughly 65 million Americans providing care for someone with a disability or chronic illness.   [See Bible Gateway Blog post: Tyndale to Release Beyond Suffering Bible]  […]

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The Case for Christ

If you’ve not yet read author Lee Strobel’s A Case for Christ, this might be a good time to download it onto your e-reader or check it out of the library. Strobel looks at the evidence in the four gospel accounts of Christ’s resurrection and deconstructs the events, the claims, and the lies, finishing his investigation […]

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The Only Thing Worth Being Concerned About

How many things can you think of that you are concerned or stressing out about? Wouldn’t it be nice if there were only one thing that was worth worrying about? There’s a story in the New Testament that says just that. It is the story of two sisters and two very different reactions to the […]

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What’s Your Why?

Meet Mawi Asgedom. Mawi was born on September 29, 1976, in Ethiopia at the onset of civil war within the country. Mawi’s father had to leave the country when Mawi was a toddler, leaving him behind with his brother, sister, and mother. Every day, Mawi’s mother cared for her small children amidst war and death. […]

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The Two Cures for Discouragement

Failure often gets us down, but have you noticed how we can also get discouraged after we’ve been successful? The Bible teaches that discouragement has two sources because we have two problems: The world is damaged. God says, “The ground is cursed because of you” (Genesis 3:17). Just as thorns grew up to frustrate Adam’s […]

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