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Integrity Moments

Posted on December 12, 2017 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Take a Plain Path

Opportunities to compromise just this one time because so much is at stake will open paths to more compromise. Integrity is a straight path. Crooked paths, even toward justifiable causes will destroy our peace, our marriages, and our businesses.

Abraham desperately wanted a son and couldn’t wait for God to come through. He violated integrity when he impregnated his wife’s maid. She had a son, Ishmael, who fathered a nation t...

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A Daily Word with Dr. Ed Young

Posted on December 12, 2017 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. -Isaiah 53:6

I don’t particularly like sheep. I never heard of one being strong or doing anything heroic. Some prefer the ancient Greek humanist idea that sinning shows courage to rebel against the gods. Sin is a fall uphill, they think. But sin actually is a deadly plunge, and ignoring it leads to death. Sin is rebel...

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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

Posted on December 11, 2017 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Jesus Christ the Sin Bearer

Matthew 26:26-27

The cross is so common in our culture that most people don’t think twice when they see one on a church. But unfortunately, familiarity with the symbol can actually get in the way of understanding what it truly means. So let’s stop to consider how Jesus became the bearer of si...

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Time with God

Posted on December 11, 2017 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Colossians 2:13-14

When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having cancelled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

When you were dead, He made you alive!

We were made by God as spiritual beings. Our s...

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Integrity Moments

Posted on December 11, 2017 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Stock Market Gains

Years ago, Matt told me he wanted to make a year-end gift to Integrity Resource Center, but he needed to sell some stock first. I asked Matt if the stock had increased enough to be taxable.

When he replied, “Yes,” I urged Matt not to sell the stock, but instead to donate it directly to the ministry. This strategy allowed Matt to get the full deduction for his charitable gift and saved him capital gain taxes!

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A Daily Word with Dr. Ed Young

Posted on December 11, 2017 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. -Isaiah 53:4-5

The person who says he has no problems is not telling the truth. God has not called us to live in deceit and fantasy. A mere confession that we ar...

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Two Minute Drills

Posted on December 11, 2017 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

How's Your Day Looking?

In Game Plan for Life, Os Guinness mentions this quote from a 90-year-old Winston Churchill: "Life has been a grand journey--well worth making once."

Once. That's all we get. No dry runs. No do-overs. This day you're living now is not a dress rehearsal or a practice lap. You're on the stage. You're in the game. Start playing.

What this kind of thinking does is rip the disguise off today, revealing it to be every b...

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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

Posted on December 8, 2017 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The Names of Christ

Philippians 2:5-11

The Bible ascribes many different names to Jesus, all of which provide great insight into His character and person. Here are some from John’s gospel that I find particularly revealing:

The Good Shepherd (10:11) protects his sheep at all cost from predators. They know His voice a...

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Time with God

Posted on December 8, 2017 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

James 4:4-5

You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

God takes sin very personally!

Wow. The passage catches you off guard, doesn’t it? This passage is written to Christians! Such emotional, relational language is unexpected.

Listen carefully. James knows that the way we need to ...

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Integrity Moments

Posted on December 8, 2017 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Don’t Push Yourself to the Front

Have you ever forced yourself to the front only to be pushed to the back?

I wonder how many people in the front were invited and how many pushed their way up?

We’re wired to want to be seen. After all, if we spend a lifetime struggling, shouldn’t we expect a position, a trophy, or our story in the news?

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