The New Commandment

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Jesus is leaving. That’s the context of the new commandment Jesus gives His disciples in John 13:34-35. He says in verse 33, “Where I am going you cannot come.” Their teacher and leader of the past three years, for whom they have left behind family, friends, and careers, is leaving them. What do they need to hear […]

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Never Alone

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Being alone is tough. I’m not talking about taking time for yourself. That can be helpful and even spiritually rejuvenating. We all need time alone. But there is a kind of aloneness that is an ache that can’t be soothed. It comes from deep within us. It can be rooted in many things and find […]

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wipe your fears away.

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When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. (Psalm 56:3) One possible response to the truth that our anxiety is rooted in unbelief goes like this: “I have to deal with feelings of anxiety almost every day; and so I feel like my faith in God’s grace must be totally inadequate. So I […]

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Resurrecting Zombies

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I can’t tell you how many times in decades of Bible study I have read the account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead: “When [Jesus] had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out.’” (John 11:43) Confession: Every single time I’ve read or heard that story, the movie that […]

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How covenant keeps us going.

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I recently went to the wedding of a young friend I’ve known since she was a skinny eight-year-old. She is now 27. The wedding was beautiful in both its simplicity and its message. The young couple intentionally choreographed a ceremony that highlighted the fact that what they were entering was a covenant marriage before God. […]

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Praying for Las Vegas

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The tragedy unfolding in Las Vegas is unthinkable. The prayers of our Grace elders, pastors, and staff are with the families of those who have been taken, those who have been injured, and those who are responding in Nevada. Please pray for Las Vegas and for our world. Pray that evil will be defeated wherever […]

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Prayer for the ministry of our church to reach Central Florida.

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Each week during our Live Life Unstoppable teaching series on expanding our influence for the gospel, we invite you to pray toward expanding the good news of Christ. Here is a prayer for week five. Eternal Father and hope of the nations, You have sovereignly placed the ministry of this church in the heart of […]

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A prayer for the ministry of our campuses to reach the lost.

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Each week during our Live Life Unstoppable teaching series on expanding our influence for the gospel, we invite you to pray toward expanding the good news of Christ. Here is a prayer for week four. Praise be to you O God of our salvation,  for your Gospel is good news for the lost.  For it […]

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How to Tell The Truth: Common Objections and Obstacles to Sharing Our Faith

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Sharing the gospel is a normal part of what it means to be a Christian. Yet for many of us, it’s one of the most stressful things we do — if we do it at all! It can be nerve-wracking, especially if we’re not clear about our responsibilities. The gospel is a message from God […]

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How to Talk to God About Those We Love (and how to talk to those we love about God)

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HOW TO TALK TO GOD ABOUT THOSE WE LOVE. One of the biggest challenges in developing the habit of praying consistently for those we love is knowing what to actually say when it comes time to pray. We want to pray for them. We know we should pray for them. But when we do, our minds […]

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