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Bill Muehlenberg's commentary on issues of the day...

Victory Through Defeat

Aug 10, 2011

OK, I need to make two confessions here at the outset. First, this title is not mine; it comes from A.W. Tozer. Second, I will use anything as an excuse to further push the riches of Christian spirituality as found

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It’s a Great Time to Be Alive

Aug 9, 2011

The headlines are looking bleak: another global economic crash seems to be inevitable; cities in Britain are burning; America has for the first time in its history been given a downgraded credit rating; European nations are going bankrupt, and rioting

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How To Live a Quiet and Peaceful Life

Aug 3, 2011

Good news folks: I have discovered the secret to being able to live a life with no conflict, no disquiet, no opposition, and no rough sailing. Of course not every trouble and difficulty in life will be avoided, but one

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World Changers Or World Imitators?

Aug 1, 2011

The Christian’s relationship to the surrounding culture can take many different forms, but for simplicity’s sake I would like to argue that there are basically only two main options here: either the Christian will change and transform his world, or

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Abandoning One Another

Jul 15, 2011

The Christian life is meant to be one of preferring one another, loving one another, and caring for one another. But sadly at least in the West often things are the reverse, with Christians looking after Number One, and having

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Love and Truth, Again

Jul 12, 2011

Some topics can never be exhausted, be it with one article or a hundred. Some issues keep cropping up which need to be addressed over and over again. This is one such topic. I have written on it numerous times

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On Christian Gifting and Character

Jun 20, 2011

This article, specifically penned for believers, deals with a somewhat curious feature of the Christian life. We all know of famous Christian leaders who seem to have an amazing anointing and calling of God, yet succumb to moral failure –

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Loving God and Keeping the Commandments

Jun 18, 2011

A sad situation is enveloping large parts of the evangelical church today, especially those associated with the emergent church. Increasingly we are being told that love is the only thing that matters in the Christian life, and any talk of

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Difficult Bible Passages: Judges 6:36-40

May 20, 2011

The difficulty of this text really lies in its application. Are Christians today to make use of this method when they seek to discover God’s will? The passage is the familiar story of Gideon using a fleece to find out

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On Finding God’s Will, Part One

May 20, 2011

Every true Christian should be especially zealous of discovering God’s will for their life. Much has been written and spoken about this topic, and the Bible says much about it. But in Part One of this article I want to

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On Finding God’s Will, Part Two

May 20, 2011

The principles that I mentioned in Part One of this article were rather general. They may not always fully help us with a particular issue, whether it be if I should take this job, buy that house, marry this woman,

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The Church, Entertainment, and Authenticity

May 5, 2011

At one point early on the Christian church was fighting for its very life. As such, it had absolutely no time for peripherals, for externalities, for superficialities, and for secondary issues. It had to stick to that which was essential.

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The Royal Wedding

May 1, 2011

There would be a number of reasons why an estimated 2 billion people watched Will and Kate tie the knot. But perhaps the major reason would not even be known by most who did tune in. And that is this:

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David Wilkerson RIP

Apr 29, 2011

The world has lost a great man of God, a modern-day prophet, and a humble warrior for the Lord. He sadly died in a car crash earlier this week just before his 80th birthday. He was one of those rare

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The Cleansing of the Temple

Apr 23, 2011

One of the more familiar actions of Jesus was the so-called cleansing of the temple. This episode is recorded in all four gospels (Matt 21:12-17; Mark 11:15-19; Luke 19:45-48; John 2:13-22), and has been commented on by believers and non-believers

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On the Attributes of God

Apr 10, 2011

There is no greater topic to write or reflect upon than that of God himself: his nature, his character, and his person. As our creator and eventually as our judge, he is the one whom every one of us has

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When Elijah Comes To Town

Mar 16, 2011

I could be wrong, but I have a feeling that if any of the Old Testament prophets – or any of the New Testament disciples for that matter – came to our churches today, in most cases they would quickly

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Imperatives and Exhortation

Mar 9, 2011

With a title like this, I have probably attracted about two or three readers. That is because the first term would send many folks racing to a dictionary, while the second term would strike many as being judgmental or intolerant.

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