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The Neutral Zone

The “Neutral Zone” (Don’t Plan on Stopping Here!)

I learn so much by working with Christian men struggling to get free of addictions. They experience in a titanic conflict what we all experience to a lesser degree. This gives clarity to many issues in the Christian life. Here’s one: Most of the men are so glad that Jesus is helping them gain freedom from the addiction that they simply camp out in what I call the “Neutral Zone.” This never works! Some former addicts heroically fight off all…

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The Passion Blocker

The Passion Blocker (Why “Mini Me” Is Such a Formidable Threat)

How did we ever get snookered by this one?  Jesus is the most amazing and beautiful Person in the universe! How can we not be passionate about Him? Why don’t we live absorbed and fascinated by Him—all day long? There has to be a good answer for this, for this is surely the Enemy’s number one problem: How do you keep people from seeing the beautiful God and running to Him? What is the enemy’s strategy to defeat our natural,…

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Helmet Of Salvation

The Helmet of Salvation: What Is It?

What is the helmet of salvation? And why do we need it? It protects our minds from assaults by the Accuser to try to undermine our confidence in the salvation our lives depend upon. Ever watched the Olympic swimmers? They have very tight-fitting skull caps. That’s what we need, spiritually speaking, in order to swim our best in the rough seas of inward and outward turbulence. Since both Ephesians 6:17 and 1 Thessalonians 5:8 call attention to it, I want to give you…

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What Makes a Suicide Bomber Tick

What Makes a Suicide Bomber Tick? (They’re Wired Tight to This)

The thing that drives Islamic terrorism is easy to understand. You don’t have to take a lot of case histories. You don’t have to read the whole Koran. You only need to know your own heart and the basic reality of life on earth in order to grasp it. Why our leaders and media experts in the West don’t seem to understand it, now that’s a thing which requires a bit more explaining! At the deepest level imaginable the terrorists…

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