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An Identity Theft Like No Other

Identity theft has become a common crime, impacting millions of people each year. As bad as the problem is, about a hundred years ago, an identity theft took place on a far grander scale.
Everyone’s identity was stolen.
I’m referring to the time in our history when people stopped being referred to as citizens and started being referred to as consumers. Ever since, the consumer identity has


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Will Retirement Change Your Identity?

But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. ~ Acts 20:24 NLT
A recent Harvard study found that new retirees often face not only a challenge about how to spend their time, but an identity crisis as well. A


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Deliberate Generosity

One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.  ~ Proverbs 11:24 (NIV)

Christians who have wealth above their basic needs ought to share it with those who have less. Doing so is an act of worship to Christ, and demonstrates trust in Him. ~ Mark Vincent
 
How do you plan for your generosity? Is it a line item in your


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What Will Be Said About You?

Last month, we started looking at a series of messages called, “How to Get What You Really Want” by North Point Community Church Senior Pastor Andy Stanley. The series from January 2017 can be found online here, or you can search for “North Point Community Church” through your podcasts app. Discussion questions are also available.
As a brief recap from Messages 1 & 2, “What do


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Living in the Tension

One of the first phrases a child learns to say is, “I want…” And the leap from “I want Thomas the Tank Engine” to “I want a Tesla” isn’t very far at all.

So strong is our desire — for a relationship, a nicer car, a trip to the beach — that I once heard a speaker say if a surgeon cut each of us open,


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Just Passing Through

Shortly after moving from Chicago to Louisville several years ago, I was back in Chicago for a visit. It was good to be back in the city I love so much. I love the family and friends I have there, the architecture, the lakefront, the grittiness, character and beauty of the city, and so much more.

On the last day of my visit, still drinking in


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The Light of the World

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. – Luke 2:16-18
Years ago, as we rounded the corner toward our home after a tiring


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What is it About the Holidays?

We’re entering a season that seems to play out in three different ways for people.
For many, it’s an opportunity to give thanks, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and yes, as Andy Williams sang, a time of parties, and caroling, and “mistletoeing,” and all the rest.
Of course, it’s also a favorite time of year for shopping, with many people eagerly anticipating the Black Friday


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Success Goes to the Steady, Not the Speedy

We’re all drawn to stories of people who achieve “overnight success.” They make for great headlines and sell a lot of magazines and books. Problem is, they’re a myth.
In the business classic, “Good to Great,” author Jim Collins explored the reasons why some companies break away from their pack of competitors and achieve remarkable, sustained success. While there was usually a point in time when


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A Powerful Antidote to Our Consumer Culture

Every day of our lives, we are the unwitting recipients of countless messages designed to foster discontentment. And they work really well, convincing us that we need something more in order to be happy. In order to be worthy of love or respect.
According to one study, more than 60 percent of us always have something in mind that we look forward to buying. That’s what makes the


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