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The Most Important Thing

I have come to the conclusion that—in spiritual terms—the body of Christ is the most important thing in the world. It is the instrument God created to save mankind, wage war with the devil and his forces of evil, provide healing, and complete the good works of God on...

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Grapes and Grain

- By Rob Starner and Ron Bryce On the last evening before He offered up His life as an atoning sacrifice for the sinners of the world, Jesus shared a final meal with His closest disciples. On this solemn occasion He revealed the ultimate reality that the Jewish feast...

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Salt and Light

I’ve read statistics about the decline of the church in America. If we are serious about addressing this problem we might first consider our basic purpose—not just to produce programs on Sundays, but to be salt and light.  Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth....

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Church Splits

Church splits. No matter where you live, you have likely heard about them, or even been part of one. Too often, people who supposedly love everyone—including their enemies—display little evidence of compassion. However, church splits aren’t the problem. They simply...

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Perception

Influential Swiss psychiatrist Carl G. Jung once said: “Man, as we realize if we reflect for a moment, never perceives anything fully or comprehends anything completely.” That thought mirrors what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:12 about our earthly perceptions: “For...

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The Whole is Greater than the Sum of the Parts

In Romans 12 and other places, Paul taught that when we become believers we are to see ourselves primarily as the body of Christ, and only in a secondary way as individual members. The ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, is credited with originating the familiar...

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Mark of the Christian

In his short but profound 1970 book, The Mark of the Christian, noted apologist Francis Schaeffer observed that love toward all Christians is the identifying mark of Christ’s followers. It is a way to discern whether something profound has occurred to a person in the...

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Vital Connections

Swiss New Testament scholar Eduard Schweizer once wrote that we will never understand the human body if we think about single members severed from the body and conceive the body as the mere sum of hundreds of members. Then, drawing a parallel with the church, he...

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The Body of Christ

Contemplate the term, “body of Christ.” If you’re like me, you may feel a bit uneasy thinking of yourself as a biblical body part. However, take a deep breath and meditate on the deeper meaning; you may find yourself fascinated with the implications. When we take what...

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The Case of the Twinkie Lady

During my residency training, I spent several months caring for hospital patients. Every morning our entourage of five or six doctors, residents, and students went from room to room, checking on patients assigned to our medical team. One lady who stands out in my...

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The Biology of the Church

In his New Testament letters, the apostle Paul taught—in biological terms—that we are a living body. One body with many members, possessing all of the attributes of life. Although we are individuals, in our actions, relationships, and interactions, all believers are...

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Body of Christ, or Business of Christ?

I grew up in church after becoming a follower of Christ at a young age. Ever since I have embraced supreme confidence in the gospel. I know that Jesus Himself established the church—His body—and gave it the task of spreading the message the world desperately needs to...

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The Creator’s Fingerprint

Art connoisseurs can establish which artist produced a certain piece of art, even without an identifying signature or label. They do this simply by discerning the painting’s style and physical attributes. The same is true of music aficionados, who can determine who...

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Missionaries Have A Lot To Learn – We All Do

I love seeing New Testament dedication services. When a New Testament (or full Bible) translation is completed, we celebrate with the people for a full day, rejoicing, singing, feasting, and praying – marking the Word of God coming to their language group for the...

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There’s Fungus Among Us – by Stan Key

The Bible uses a number of different metaphors to describe sin: a burden, a stain, a debt, bondage, etc. Each description gives a different picture of both sin’s destructive power and its remedy. But few pictures the Bible uses are more powerful than that of leprosy....

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The Killing of a Non-Person

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” —Jesus in John 10:10 One pro-life group estimates that more than fifty-seven million abortions were performed in the forty years after the Supreme Court...

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Spiritual Reality

The spiritual world is all around us, yet almost never noticed. It is hiding in plain sight. I found that out early in my medical career. I had heard numerous stories about people who have “come back from the dead.” But the events around this particular case, as the...

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