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Seven Substitutes for True Joy

Marshall Segal
Seven Substitutes for True Joy

His wife was gone.

Sure, last night looked like a lot of nights recently. She’d walked out many times before, but this was different. The abandonment, the adultery, and the deception had mounted a massive assault on their marriage and…

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Defy the Impossible in Front of You

Marshall Segal
Defy the Impossible in Front of You
What challenge, obstacle, or crisis are you confronted with right now? Reading the Bible is often about redefining the impossible in our lives again.
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Five Pieces of ‘Out-Dated’ Dating Advice

Marshall Segal
Five Pieces of ‘Out-Dated’ Dating Advice
Looking for fresh advice while you pursue marriage? You might be surprised to find five principles relevant for today buried in the first pages of the Bible.
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The First Noël

Marshall Segal
The First Noël
The joy Jesus brings is a joy for the whole world. To prepare for Christmas, listen to Shane & Shane sing The First Noël and read a meditation written for the carol.
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Be a Yoda, Not a Grinch

Marshall Segal
Be a Yoda, Not a Grinch
In the next few days, Star Wars and Christmas return. It gives us an opportunity to ask how these two fictional characters might help us live and serve like Jesus.
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What Comes After Thanksgiving?

Marshall Segal
What Comes After Thanksgiving?
Many Thanksgiving celebrations will express genuine gratitude and yet be offensive to God. Appreciation without affection and devotion makes God a tool or a machine to produce the things we really love. Instead, see your gratitude to God through to greater faith in him and greater love for him.
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Six Questions to Ask When Studying the Bible in a Group

Marshall Segal
Six Questions to Ask When Studying the Bible in a Group
How do you read the Bible when you read it with others? Here are six questions to ask every time you open the Bible together. Hopefully, whether you’ve been reading the Bible for years or are brand new to it, these ideas allow you to engage in a deeper, more practical way than you ever have before.
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Satan Hunts Among the Hurting

Marshall Segal
Satan Hunts Among the Hurting
Mountain lions detect vulnerabilities in their prey and attack the weakest — the young, the sick, the injured. The enemy of your hope and happiness hunts with that same instinct, with a cold-hearted and ruthless hunger for the weak or hurting. Here are five invincible truths for vulnerable hearts.
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The Old Me Made New

Marshall Segal
The Old Me Made New
The cross was the greatest price ever paid. But what did Jesus buy with his blood? Far too many Christians settle for far too little from God’s. Yes, he forgives us, but he also makes us new. Read the meditation, and stream a song from Shane & Shane specifically written for Psalm 51.
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The Joy of Living in Jesus’s Shadow

Marshall Segal
The Joy of Living in Jesus’s Shadow
One key to happiness is learning the joy and freedom of being found in Jesus’s shadow. John the Baptist, one of the most important men in history, joyfully retreated to the background when Christ came. We all need to learn that kind of fearless, hardworking, full-hearted rest and humility.
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Home Alone

Marshall Segal
Home Alone
The same device that connects us with people all over the world alienates us from those just across the room. At least two lies keep us so close to them: The world needs me, and I need the world. The truth frees us to love those closest to us, the ones who often need us most.
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Take Every Task Captive Today

Marshall Segal
Take Every Task Captive Today

The most dangerous thing about tomorrow is the temptation to forget God, to live and talk and act as if God doesn’t exist. It’s the greatest danger any day: to live our daily lives — our daily habits, daily work…

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A Big God Will Eclipse Every Pain

Marshall Segal
A Big God Will Eclipse Every Pain
Often the moments of life we feel most helpful are when sitting with friends or family who are suffering. What’s the first thing you say to someone in your life who’s experiencing significant grief or has received tragic news? The Bible’s approach to pain may surprise you.
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A Worship Song Worthy of Eternity

Marshall Segal
A Worship Song Worthy of Eternity

And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and

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Three Prayers for Your Heart

Marshall Segal
Three Prayers for Your Heart
In three short videos, John Piper walks through a prayer from God for us in Psalm 141. He pulls out several key points for our prayer lives, teaching us to call on God to move, first to meet us, then to guard and keep us, and finally to fill and satisfy us.
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Next-Door Strangers

Marshall Segal
Next-Door Strangers
For all that technology has done to connect us with people around the world, it’s put miles between next-door neighbors. It almost feels like you need to book a flight. Face-to-face friendship is a lost art that’s critical to loving the lost, and it’s never too late to be a better neighbor.
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Pain: A Secret Garden of Pride

Marshall Segal
Pain: A Secret Garden of Pride
Pain can be a secret garden of pride. It can cause us to doubt God’s goodness, wallow in self-pity, and isolate ourselves from him and others. We don’t talk about it often because it’s so sensitive. As touchy as the topic of pain is, though, it’s equally dangerous to tiptoe around it.
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Hope for the Unhappily Single

Marshall Segal
Hope for the Unhappily Single
Will I be single forever? It’s a question that haunts a growing number of men and women in the church today. The good news for the not-yet-married is that no one in Christ is single, and no one is married in heaven.
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It Is Well

Marshall Segal
It Is Well
For Horatio Spafford, Christ was the key to suffering well. Only his love for Jesus was able to carry him across the most violent waves of life.
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Sex: The Frontrunner for President

Marshall Segal
Sex: The Frontrunner for President
One decision determines the fate of the American people every four years: Who will be our next president? The candidates are pouring in, and the race is heating up. So who’s the favorite? Sex. Sex has won far too many elections, but it cannot satisfy like God or save like his grace.
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Too Depressed to Believe What We Know

Marshall Segal
Too Depressed to Believe What We Know
We’ve collected some of our best resources on the topic of depression, as well as a few others from around the web. We pray they will be God’s means of bringing his light into your darkness, his hope into your despair.
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Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Marshall Segal
Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Christians are often divided because we are by nature defensive. Too many divisions in the church — specifically in personal relationships — stem from insecurity and defensiveness in the face of accusation, whether real or imagined. These accusations may fall…

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No Sore Losers on Sunday

Marshall Segal
No Sore Losers on Sunday
We head to church this weekend with heavy hearts. The cloud of the Supreme Court’s 5-to-4 decision hangs over our corporate worship — and we don’t even yet know or feel all the consequences of the historic decision.
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When Leaders Fall, All Are Punished

Marshall Segal
When Leaders Fall, All Are Punished
Too often, we see the news of another pastor or leader who has fallen into some moral failure. Their disqualification can be devastating to their followers. But are the consequences for the congregations even deeper and more serious than we feel at first?
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Inside Out, Right-Side Up

Marshall Segal
Inside Out, Right-Side Up

Inside Out, the latest creation from Pixar, enters the mind of eleven-year-old Riley, and personifies her five dominant emotions: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust. The five characters in Riley’s head, led by Joy, man a control panel that…

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