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2 Corinthians 5

  • admin wrote a new blog post: The Election Forces Us to Talk about Race   11 months ago · View

    Thumbnail One of the Church’s great challenges is unity in a very divided country. Our country has elected a new President who was able to uncover a great deal of anxiety and frustration with our government. From social concerns like the economy or ethical concerns like Supreme Court judges, President-elect Donald Trump made a case that resonated with […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Taking the Long View   1 year, 7 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Live your earthly life with heaven in mind. At some point in our life, each of us has to learn the necessity of taking the long view. Deferred gratification causes us to live differently. We continue our education now so that we’ll have more opportunities after we graduate. We save today so we can have financial security […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Sean Hannity adds to America’s national conversation on race   2 years, 5 months ago · View

    The New Testament suggests that Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, died to reconcile Jews and Gentiles to God and to each other, and to recreate them into one new race (Ephesians 2:11-22). This does not mean He erases their old racial identities but that He transforms them by giving Christ-followers a new racial identity (2 Corinthians […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Already Friends of God   2 years, 10 months ago · View

    ThumbnailIt’s not as if we have to work at it. In some Christian circles, it is often said that everyone should have a personal relationship with Jesus, and that everyone should ask Jesus into his heart. These phrases assume rich truths: That Jesus Christ is the ultimate source of meaning, hope, and love. That a fruitful […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Three Ways to Step Up when You Want to Slide Back   3 years ago · View

    ThumbnailSome people are just naturally bold. They seem to step up when others slide back. They are willing to speak up when others quiet down. God has given each of us a unique style and personality. Sometimes it’s tempting to use our lack of natural “giftedness” as a reason not to follow through on what God has asked […]

  • ThumbnailPastor Brett Fuller stops by the blog to share how his multi-ethnic church works together for the Kingdom. At the age of 21, God called me to help plant a church in Washington, D.C. Nine years later, the senior pastor asked me to succeed him in his role. My prayer to God at the time was, […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Pleasing God through faith and suffering   3 years, 2 months ago · View

    My mother wants to die, and there’s no talking her out of it. Why would I want to talk her out of it anyway? Why wouldn’t a Christian of a certain age “rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8, ESV)? So I empathized but pointed out the […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Transformation Chicago   3 years, 3 months ago · View

    ThumbnailJoin me at Wheaton College on July 10th. If you have read my blog for any length of time, you know that I am greatly concerned with the church becoming a place of transformation. I genuinely believe that Jesus does not save us so that we can turn over a new leaf, but to give us […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Young Believers Killed in Peshawar   3 years, 8 months ago · View

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    “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” (Mark 10:14b-15).

    Sometimes children are able to see truth in unencumbered, refreshing ways. Jesus […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: News: Can Sanford Pastors’ Success Work in Other Cities?   4 years, 1 month ago · View

    ThumbnailWhy George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the Trayvon Martin case created racial havoc across America—but not at the trial’s epicenter. A diverse group of 40 pastors gathered in a Detroit hotel today to hear a remarkable tale: how the pastors of Sanford, Florida, spared their city from the racially charged protests that erupted nationwide last month after […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: How Should We Respond to the Present Challenge?   4 years, 3 months ago · View

    ThumbnailPeople often feel threatened by those whose views are opposed to their own. They may not have the skills or patience to debate and dialogue with these people, so they resort, out of frustration and fear, to some form of coercion to get their way. It may be a violent demonstration or a personal attack, but […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: The Exchange   4 years, 4 months ago · View

    ThumbnailNew blog name and a new blog home Yes, my blog has a name and a new home. It's called The Exchange. Also, the blog has moved– we are now located at Christianity Today . So, officially, the blog is "The Exchange with Ed Stetzer, a Christianity Today Blog." Since I am now at Christianity Today, we can't […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Losing the Guilt Complex: Inspired By Love   4 years, 4 months ago · View

    ThumbnailThere is a scripture that haunted me in my growing up years. “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required…” (Luke 12:48). It felt like a burden to me. I treated it like a checklist: 1. Did I pray for others in need today? 2. Did I give financially as much […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Our True Identity   4 years, 9 months ago · View

    When I hear a believer announce, “I’m just a sinner,” I feel like saying, “That’s what you used to be.” A lot of folks cling to a view of themselves as a patched-up, slightly-better-than-before version of their old self. The Bible contradicts that opinion: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Our Heavenly Appointment   4 years, 10 months ago · View

    Each tick of the clock brings us one second closer to our heavenly appointment with the Lord Jesus. As believers in Christ, we will stand before Him one day and give an account for our lives. At that time we will be held accountable for our actions and recompensed for the choices we made while […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: VOM-USA Prayer Update for May 11, 2012   5 years, 5 months ago · View

    Mauritania–Muslims Demand Investigation of Christians Source: VOM Contacts Psalm 36:10-12 Muslim protesters in Mauritania have called on the government to investigate all Christians in the country, claiming that Christians were involved in the burning of a Quran after Islamic prayers on Friday, April 27. The protesters said other Islamic books were burned on the same day and that many […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: What If We Were Compelled by Love?   5 years, 8 months ago · View

    ThumbnailRecently I was reading at our Kids of Courage website and one of their posts caused me to ask the question to myself… "What if I was compelled by love?" Here's what is posted on the Kids of Courage website:

    Quran Memorizers Published on February 7th, 2012
    Malaysia’s monetary unit is the ringgit Muslims all over the world honor people who memorize and […]
  • admin wrote a new blog post: Important Prayer Requests from The Voice of the Martyrs   5 years, 9 months ago · View

    ThumbnailThis week we have prayer requests from Pakistan, Israel and Afghanistan.  I would also ask you all to keep Christians in Nigeria in your prayers, as not only has violence continued to increase, but even our workers, at The Voice of the Martyrs, have left for safety reasons.  Please share with your friends, church and family. […]