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SPIRITUAL VITAMINS A TO Z Anxious? Take Vitamin A “All things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) Blue? Take Vitamin B “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.” (Psalm 103:1) Crushed? Take Vitamin C …

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HOTHOUSE CHRISTIANS HAVE NO ROOT Most Christians in North America are “hothouse Christians” who bloom as long as they are kept in a protected and carefully controlled environment far from fear, distress, or persecution.” God forbid that it should ‘cost’ us something to speak the name of Jesus.” But time and again, we have seen …

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LET JESUS RUB OFF ON US Our two-year-old daughter Kaitlyn is really cute. That is a given… no brag, just fact. People in our congregation love to pick her up and hold her before, during, and after worship. I have begun to recognize my parishioners by the scent of their perfume or cologne. When I …

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Communication | Communion | Devotion | Fellowship with God | Freedom | Prayer | Simplicity | Spirituality

FLEXIBLE PRAYER STYLES Brad Kent writing about prayer, “What I’ve discovered is I can be with God in many different ways. I don’t have to come to God’s presence with head bowed and hands folded. I now know that prayer can be as simple as breathing, as active as dancing, as noisy as singing, as …

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Attributes of God | Church | Communication | Edification | Knowledge | Leadership | Qualifications | Sanctification | Spirituality | Truth

SPIRITUAL QUALIFICATIONS The real qualifications for ministry are spiritual, not scholastic. The Lord seems to delight in shaking up the theological world by revealing truth to unlikely candidates like A. W. Tozer, or to a British Army officer like Major Ian Thomas. God, it seems, is well able to make his own channels for disseminating …

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PURIFIED SILVER Some time ago, a few ladies met in a certain city to read the scriptures, and make them the subject of conversation. While reading the third chapter of Malachi they came upon a remarkable expression in the third verse. “And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.” One lady’s opinion …

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Atonement | Christ | Food | Gift | Holiness | Identity | Illustrations | Salvation | Spirituality | Story | Sufficiency

SCRAPS OR GOURMET John MacArthur describes a man who went on a cruise. The man spent his entire life to save enough for this cruise. The man finally earned enough money to take the cruise. He went to the travel agent and studied the brochures. He finally picked a one-week ocean cruise on a luxury …

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Commitment | Dependence | Devotion | Fellowship with God | Friendship | Identity | Peace | Prayer | Self | Spirituality | Thanks | Understanding

FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD In his book, Joy That Lasts, Gary Smalley gives reasons to make God your best friend: 1) Friendship with God is security [through commitment]. 2) Friendship with God is prayer. 3) Friendship with God is identification. 4) Friendship with God is dependency. 5) Friendship with God is gratefulness. From Joy That Lasts, …

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Appearance | Complain | Confession | Godliness | Honesty | Hypocrisy | Passion | Spirituality

SPIRITUAL INVENTORY W. E. Sangster describes the realities in his world when he concludes that he is spiritually dried out (P. Sangster, Doctor Sangster, pg. 90): “I am a minister of God, and yet my private life is a failure in these ways: a. I am irritable and easily put out. b. I am impatient …

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Character | Church | Holy Spirit | Humility | Impact | Influence | Leadership | Obedience | Prayer | Servanthood | Spirituality

EMPHASES OF SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP In his article, “Fit to Lead: Making Leadership Christian,” James E. Means warns against the adoption of “Madison Avenue” leadership strategies that are more manipulation than spiritual leadership. To establish spiritual leadership in the church, Means suggests the following emphases (plural of emphasis) on the part of its leadership: Character First: …

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Angels | Materialism | Perspective | Presence | Spirituality | Worldliness

ANGELS EVERYWHERE Calvin & Hobbs are discussing the current interest in angels. Calvin says to Hobbs: “I think angels are everywhere.” Hobbs replies: “You do?” Calvin continues: “They’re on calendars, books, greeting cards . . . almost every product imaginable.” Hobbs has the last word: “What a spiritual age we live in.”

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