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Why Pray For People I’ll Never See?

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“URGENT PRAYER REQUEST!” How many emails have you received with that kind of subject line? The request might genuinely be urgent…but equally as often it’s not. And in a digital, 24-7 headlines, always-connected world the number of “urgent prayer requests” can multiply at a soul-numbing rate. Is it possible to process, let alone meaningf...

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Significant Books for Pastors in 2015

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A few years ago I wrote a post that has become a habit—collecting a list of “significant books” for pastors published during the past year. A wealth of books and the crunch of time conspire to make reading choices both frustrating (how does one choose?) and critical (I must choose wisely). “Best books” lists are unavoidably idiosyncratic&mdas...

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Meet Our Regional Leaders: Jason Hansen

What local church do you pastor? I am a pastor at Sovereign Grace Church Gilbert, Arizona. How long have you been a pastor? I've been a pastor for going on 7 years. I graduated from the Pastor's College in 2009 and have been at Sovereign Grace Gilbert ever since. How long have you been a part of Sovereign Grace? I came to Sovereign Grace in January, 2005 from East Val...

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Led by the Spirit

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In my home, I’m the spontaneous one. My wife, Joanne, is a planner and the more structured one. So when it comes to the area of how one prays, it’s not surprising that Joanne is faithful at praying through her “list,” while I tend to pray more as one “led by the Spirit.” That would be our default orientation in prayer based on the way Go...

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Giving God Glory for His Faithfulness in 2015

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The Psalmist writes, "Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness” (Psalm 115:1). This expression of worship springing from the Psalmists experience of God’s steadfast love and faithfulness captures the response I have to God’s faithfulness to Sovereign Grace over this past year. I w...

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Every Tribe, Tongue and Nation: The Yazidi People

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Headlines matter. They orient us to events taking place around us, and we rightly give attention to them. But there’s a problem with headlines. They can give information…and hide people. Real, thinking, breathing, lie-awake-at-night, kiss-their-kids-good-morning people. Even when headlines and journalists try to take us beyond the facts to meet the people, the...

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When Love Surpasses Fairness

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This blog is one in a series that is intended to draw our attention to hope in the midst of the challenges and brokenness in marriage. Marriage in the Real World is a conference being hosted at Covenant Fellowship Church with guest speaker Dr. Voddie Baucham. It is being held in Glen Mills, PA on January 8-9, 2016. Click the link for more information. You may remember the...

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Our DNA: Rooted and Defined

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You see them in annual reports, or on an organization's website under the heading “Our Values.” Words like integrity, honesty, innovation, and collaboration. Those words are intended to capture the way an organization conducts itself, and the business they are involved. But values are not simply words that we write on a piece of paper, or some marketable langua...

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Prepare Him Room Album Tour

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Prepare Him Room – Celebrating the Birth of Jesus in Song is my favorite Christmas Album.  I can still remember clicking play on the first promotional video of the song “Who Would Have Dreamed.”  The melody and lyrics captivated me right from the first note.  “Who would have dreamed or ever foreseen that we could hold God in our hands...

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2015 Mission Video #4: Latin America and Mexico

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2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. When Martin Luther lit the match at Wittenberg and the conflagration covered much of the Western world. Stephen Nichols says the Reformation is the true tale of ‘how a monk with a mallet changed the world.’ Unfortunately, some of the world—the Spanish-speaking world to be pre...

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