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Posts by Timothy Burns


by: Rory Vaden, TarcherPerigee, December 31, 2012. Take the Stairs by Rory Vaden is an energetic look at the mindset that creates sustainable success. In some Christian circles, I often hear the mantra, “God doesn’t want you to just survive, He wants his children to thrive.” I enjoyed Rory’s book for three reasons: He doesn’t use cliches (like the one above), he teaches and tells memorable stories. The book’s seven steps are clear . ....

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As new year pokes it’s head up from the eastern horizon, my fresh calendar’s blank pages carry a deep promise of new hope. Today, in the middle of a Michigan winter, the sky is blue and the temperature is soaring to 55 degrees. A new president has been sworn in. Christians and even some political voices  prognosticate good things. Rising tides lift all the ships in the harbor. When I look toward heaven, I know God has good things in...

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Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow. By: Nancy Guthrie, Tyndale House Publishers, 2009 In his work The Problem of Pain, prolific Christian author C.S. Lewis wrote, “Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” [1] For some reason, much of the contemporary Christian world has forgotten God’s purpose of pain, or...

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Prayer is a conversation with God, two way communication where we enter into God’s presence and listen to his priorities and learn about his heart as well as tell him what is happening in our lives. It’s not that God doesn’t know about our lives. He does. But the most important part of prayer, and maybe most neglected, is when we take time to listen.  Check out these scriptures, and tell me what you think in the comments below. Read...

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Successful self-publishing in a Digital World Who holds the keys to your publishing success?  Before the digital revolution of the last decade, publishing companies held the keys to the gates to the publishing kingdom. Their acquisition editors manned the giant pulley that lowered, or raised the drawbridge, and the moat was filled with monsters that denied access to all but the stout hearted knight, or those that knew the king. The...

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“Father, I pray that they’re all one.” On Tuesday mornings, I meet in a coffee shop for Bible study with five friends. In addition to the energized conversation over Scriptures and authors, this bakery prepares one of my favorite treats. Their Danish pastry ring has light, flaky crust topped with apple, cherry and cream cheese frosting, drizzled with confectioners glaze, and coffee in a dozen different flavors. As the six of us...

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Almost 14 years ago, God called me to write. I was sitting in a hotel room in San Antonio visiting friends after walking through one of the deepest, darkest valleys of my life. I didn’t expect to hear God’s voice calling me to change directions. I wasn’t exactly “seeking” a life-call that morning. Yet sometimes, burning bushes appear when you’re herding sheep. What I didn’t expect was that the writing journey would be one of the...

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In the past six months, I’m hearing a lot about Grace, and to tell you the truth, I’m confused. Maybe I’m in a bubble, but I don’t understand how or why ministries are developing the message of grace into a subculture of the gospel. Most of these ministries and their preachers are presenting the truth of the gospel (more on that later) because grace is essential, no, the core of salvation. Without the grace of God, I deserve to be a...

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During the past few decades, religious thought and public discussions about how personal faith influences public life have been relegated to the kids table. When the “grown-ups” in the room discuss ‘more important adult’ issues, including politics, education, ethics in leadership and social building blocks, those who want to influence our culture do not want to be troubled with the ideas of immutable, unchanging, or...

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After I came to Christ, I discovered that the church has struggled with conflict and disunity from its earliest days. In 1 Corinthians 3, the Apostle Paul wrote to this small church to correct a number of problems, including their sectarian devotion to men and personal experiences. When Paul wrote, He scolded the Corinthian church on four important points. The Corinthian believers were being carnal, self-focused and immature as they...

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