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Up Close and Personal

When Jesus died on the cross, He opened the way for us to get personal with almighty God. 

Ask any believer if spending regular quality time with God is a challenge, and he or she will almost always say yes. We manage to make time for lots of other things—entertainment, work, school and church events—but we find it difficult to spend daily time in fellowship with God by praying, worshiping and reading His Word.

I too experienced this difficulty until God taught me a valuable lesson on crisis management. I used to spend time with God once in a while or when my life was in big trouble. Then the Lord told me to seek Him continuously, or diligently. Eventually I learned that if I ever wanted to stop living from one emergency to the next, I needed to seek God every day as if I were in desperate need of Him—even during times of tremendous prosperity and blessing. read more

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Enjoyable Prayer

God is going to fill the church with enjoyable prayer that is refreshing and invigorating.

I probably know more about boring, unanointed prayer than any other person on Earth—or I ought to. I've engaged in enough of it during my lifetime! Though I have felt called for more than 20 years to be a person of prayer, it was not until recently that I learned the true secret to a successful prayer life.

I started searching for the secret in my college days, but it eluded me. I read books on prayer and the deeper life in God, but when it got down to actually praying, I was an absolute failure. read more

The Power of One

Individual Christians have played extraordinary roles in the spread of the gospel.

Early in my Christian walk (which began more than three decades ago), I recall hearing the phrase, "One plus God is a majority." The idea behind this was that Christians should never be discouraged by numerical or other odds ranged against them because, with God, not only are all things possible, but also ordinary worldly reckonings of who will or won't succeed are often overturned.

Later, as some prominent figures in the charismatic movement began behaving in odd ways, Christian teaching began to focus once more—correctly—on the need for both general laity and leaders to be accountable to oversight through a pastor or some sort of board of elders. read more

Soul Survivor

I spent 39 days as a participant on the reality show Survivor. I didn’t walk away with $1 million dollars, but I learned some lessons about myself and God. read more

Taking Risks for The Word

Quietly and without fanfare, Bible translators risk their lives to provide unreached tribes and subcultures with God's Word. This is their amazing story. read more

Fatal Attraction

Celebrities and business leaders are praising self-help guru Rhonda Byrne’s book The Secret. Don’t be deceived—her message about “the law of attraction” is full of New Age deception. read more

The Jungle Is Still His Home

Missionary Bruce Olson, known as BRUCHKO to those who read about his adventures, has given most of his life to Colombia's Motilone Indians. read more

The Harvest is Ready

In past seasons, Christians understood GOD'S VISION for SPIRITUAL HARVEST. We could lose A GENERATION if we don't reclaim this forgotten promise. read more

Can I Get A Witness?

Just outside your door are countless unbelievers who need to hear the gospel. What's preventing you from reaching them? read more

Twilight of Christian Europe

In Sweden, France and other countries, governments are harassing churches. Believers there could be just a few steps away from serious persecution. read more

Where Hustlers Find Hope

MALE PROSTITUTES in inner-city Chicago are finding a new kind of love from a radical ministry that offers compassion instead of judgment. read more
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