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Nothing can compare to the electricity, fully saturated with the smell of sweat, that permeates the air as men who tower over most of us battle head to head and hand to hand in search for nothing but net.As the longest-acting chaplain for any NBA team, having served the 2011 NBA Champions Dallas Mavericks now for over three decades, I've become acutely familiar with the feel, smell, and taste of this atmosphere as if it were an extension of my own. It is both rousing and disarming at the same t
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by Jerry D. Ousley

 

Dedicated is a word that epitomizes commitment. Over the years I have been dedicated to many things. One thing I am totally dedicated to is eating. I love to eat. When I was a kid I was the exact opposite. I only liked eating things that weren't so good for me, like sweets. If Mom would have let me I would have attempted to live only on sweets.

I remember some meals where she had fixed things I disliked very much. Knowing that I needed vegetables and other foods to make me he
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by Joseph-Paul Timpano
 

Believe. Imagine. Wonder. Act. Walk. Fulfill the calling in your life that God has set for you.

Do not be afraid of the storms around you. A leader keeps his focus on where he is going.

Don't rip or tear yourself apart. You are of value. Remember, God would not treat you like this, so why would you do it to yourself?

If the Lord wants you promoted, no earthly reasoning will prevent it. The Lord is King, not the human race.

Get your eyes off yourself and put them on your Crea
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By Dr. Surya Kumar Daimari


1. AUTHORSHIP:
Traditionally the authorship of the Gospel of John has been credited to the Apostle John, the son of Zebedee, whom Jesus loved. Although this view has been called in question to the apostolic authorship from the beginning of the 19th century specially by a group known as the 'Alogoi', it has been opposed by Hyppolytus who wrote for the defense of this Gospel.
"It still remains as good a probability as any other hypothesis that can be offered", says Dr
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Is there any connection between confessing sin and repenting of it?

In 1 John 1:9 (ESV) Christians are told, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins ..." So, when we confess our sins we are forgiven but what does it mean to confess? Many people say that it is merely admitting that we have sinned. Is this true or is there a deeper meaning?

What does it mean to confess?
Let's imagine that confessing sins is just admitting that we have sinned. S
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by Dr. Surya Kumar Daimari

1. AUTHORSHIP:
Traditionally the authorship of the Gospel of John has been credited to the Apostle John, the son of Zebedee, whom Jesus loved. Although this view has been called in question to the apostolic authorship from the beginning of the 19th century specially by a group known as the 'Alogoi', it has been opposed by Hyppolytus who wrote for the defense of this Gospel.
"It still remains as good a probability as any other hypothesis that can be offered", says Dr.
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by Ngozi Nwoke

 

Does it pay to be a Christian? What kind of life should a person expect having identified with Jesus? When people consider the Christian suffering, they shudder; but the truth is that Christians suffer for two basic reasons. This article explains these two reasons why Christians suffer.

Remember the word that I said to you, 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also John 15:
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by Stephanie Reck
 

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.
Ecclesiastes 3:1, NIV

We go through "seasons" or changes in our lives on a continual basis. Nothing is permanent on this side of heaven. As the seasons change in weather, so does the "seasons" change in our lives. Sometimes the seasons we are in are like the winter season, barren, no life, cold, dark, and harsh. Sometimes it seems like the winter will never end, but it does and a new season emerges. I
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Lectionary Lesson May 26, 2013
Proverbs 8: 1-4 and Romans 5: 1-5 


During the past few months and even just this week we have watched unbelievable horrors on our televisions: entire cities wiped out, leveled to the ground. We have seen the aftermath of brutal murder and legal proceedings about murders, and it seems there is no end to the reports of storms and earthquakes.

Often, even closer to us are the personal and daily pressures we face. For some of us it is financial problems, and for some it
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by Ngozi Nwoke

 

What do you think are the greatest commandments? When Jesus came He pointed out the two greatest commands of God and towards the end of His mission on earth He gave a new commandment to His disciples. The summary of these three commands give the summary of the new covenant. This article explains more about these important commands of Jesus.

Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and
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by Dr. Henderson Ward


However strong a faith you have, however committed you are in your relationship with God it is certain that from time to time you will feel yourself under great stress, fighting depression or misery, dejection and anxiety and sometimes so disheartened that you wonder if you can carry on. What makes this state of affairs more galling is that you might have done nothing wrong to contribute to this situation and, try as you may, you cannot place your finger on exactly what is
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by Rev. Brian H. Mathis

 

In 2 Samuel 23:8-38 there is an interesting list of people that I am sure most of us have ever heard of. It is a list of the 37 of King David's mightiest men. It talks about some of the glorious battles they fought and the enemies they killed while many times outnumber 100 to 1. When I first read this passage I was wondering why it would be included. Most of these men are not named anywhere else in scripture. However, every word we find in scripture has a purpose and ev
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BY DR. SURYA KUMAR DAIMARI

1. AUTHORSHIP:
Traditionally the authorship of the Gospel of John has been credited to the Apostle John, the son of Zebedee, whom Jesus loved. Although this view has been called in question to the apostolic authorship from the beginning of the 19th century specially by a group known as the 'Alogoi', it has been opposed by Hyppolytus who wrote for the defense of this Gospel.
"It still remains as good a probability as any other hypothesis that can be offered", says Dr
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by Max Aplin

 

Back in the late 1980s, when I was first a Christian, I used to suffer from worries of various kinds that were particularly intense at times. On a number occasions I mentioned this to older Christians and I was given advice which helped a little but did not really seem to go very far towards solving the problem.

Over time, what I came to realize was that those worries were due in very large part to the direct attacks of evil spirits against me. Once I became aware of this, I found t
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by Pastor QT

 In geology a fault is a fracture, break or crack on the earth's surface. Hidden cracks in the life of a Christian leader will send tremors through that leader's life, family, and ministry shaking his whole world. Let's examine five fault zones in the life of a church leader.

Leftover Lines

Let's admit it. We all have leftovers from our past lives prior to accepting Christ. It might be an affair that was left hanging or whose embers were left flickering if ever so dimly. Or it can be
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"Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife."

Genesis 26:8b (KJV)

For Christians sex is an adult sport played within the secure field of marriage using the unchanging rules of God's word. You've got to stay on top of your game for you to have a sumptuous bedroom life. Here are three uncomplicated ways to increase the tempo in the sanctuary of your bedchamber.

#1.Up your energy levels

Sex is a physical activity that needs two fit bodies if it is to be performed to optimum levels. It takes
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by Susan Ferguson

He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17

More than anything else, Jesus delights in having a deep and abiding relationship with you. Every area of your life is of interest to Him, including daily routines that may seem mundane and insignificant. Some of you doubt that He is concerned with such trivial matters. Because of His invisibility and apparent silence, it is difficult for some peo
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Now we see that sin is when we know to do the right thing and not doing it, or we do the wrong thing. We know that we sin when we do not obey God but how did sin get started in the world? When God created the world He made everything perfect! All the animals were perfect, all of the plants were perfect and Adam and Eve were perfect. God allowed Adam and Eve to eat of every tree in the Garden of Eden, but the tree in the middle. It was the tree of the knowledge of good and e

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by  Dr. Henderson Ward

 

There are times when it is necessary to run, for by so doing you may prolong your life; there are times when jumping is to be expected, as in jumping for joy; there are times for walking, like walking by faith, walking with caution and walking with godly fear. However there is always the need for believers to walk in the light; not here the natural light of the sun or moon, or the light of human reasoning, all good and proper in their places, but
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by Dave Ingram


The ten commandments given to Israel by God in the book of Exodus stand out among many ancient codes of law as a set of governing principles that have stood the test of time. The ten commandments have done more to influence the tenants of government around and societal norms across the globe than any other body of law. A study of the ten commandments can reveal much to modern readers about the way humanity is meant to function in a perfect world.

Duty to God in the Ten Commandments
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