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What Is the Church Like?

As a young, idealistic pastor and college student, I—along with many of my peers—longed to be part of a church that reflected the congregations depicted in the book of Acts and throughout the rest of the New Testament. Unfortunately, we served churches that, in our view, were nothing like those New Testament churches and wouldn’t be anytime soon. Idealism quickly turned to disillusionment.

We had great expectation...

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Thanksgiving: The Fruit of Contentment

I daydream of being rich. Like Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof, I often think to myself, “May the Lord smite me with [riches]. And may I never recover.” That is the place I sometimes live—wishing for more, for something other than what I have. Yet I know that this is not what God desires of me. So when I talk about wealth and possessions and my desire for them, I must remember what I know to be true: God wants me to pursue...

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