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Gary Haugen on Just Courage: Changing the Darkness

Gary Haugen is founder of International Justice Mission (IJM), an international human rights agency that rescues victims from violent forms of oppression, including slavery, sexual exploitation, trafficking, police brutality and illegal property seizure. He recently wrote a book entitled, “Just Courage: God’s Great Expedition for the Restless Christian”. The following are notes I took during …

Paul’s Secret to be Content in Life

The Apostle Paul had a special relationship with the church in Philippi. He built that church up and many people came to the faith. In this portion of Paul’s letter to the Philippian church, he is acknowledging a gift that was given to him by the church, probably a gift of money. This gift brought …

A remedy for those times when we are feeling anxious

Is your life right now characterized as being anxious? I have many positive and fond memories of being a graduate student. My wife and I lived in a small apartment in student housing. I recall enjoying my classes and the professors, teaching tennis and golf, playing golf often with my wife, and enjoying the nice …

The Apostle Paul’s instruction on how to resolve conflict in the church

When we struggle with problems in our Christian life, when we have challenges interacting with fellow believers, what seems to help is to always have an eternal perspective. Christian believers are both saints and sinners. As saints, we rejoice in the fellowship and close friendships with other believers. And sometimes, as sinners, we will struggle …

Our spiritual home: Where did I put my visa?

We all tend to live out our lives exercising the freedoms of earthly citizenship without giving much thought to the fact that we are all given temporary visas. We live in this world, but we are not really citizens of this world. We all have an eternal home and the question remains, “Where will that …

Enemies of the Cross

What is the greatest influence that draws believers away from the Christian church? What is it that causes people to even avoid church altogether? There are people who profess a faith in Christianity but exhibit a life that is not Christ-like in their words and actions. They are referred to as hypocrites. But, the Apostle …

The Marks of a Mature Christian Believer

Paul describes immature Christians as babies who are still in need of spiritual milk (1 Cor. 3:1-3). Mature Christians eat solid food and “by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”  (Heb. 5:14)  They consistently use sound judgment in their daily lives. A mature Christian recognizes they will never reach absolute, sinless perfection on earth, …

Are Christians Too UnChristian?

Many surveys have reported how young people place a high degree of importance on walking the talk. They look for value in the life being lived more than the words being expressed. The Barna Group has comes out with reports from surveys that convey startling beliefs and actions among Christians in American today. In a book, “UnChristian” …