God is a shrewd investor. As a vinedresser, He expects each branch to bear fruit (John 15:8). He prunes branches that produce little to enable them to grow more (John 15:2). He casts away fruitless branches.

by Dr. Richard Blackaby Every Christmas season we are inundated with images of Mary and her baby, Jesus, wise men and their camels, or shepherds and their sheep. These images of Christmas past remind us of the magical occasion when the Son of God became flesh and dwelt among us. Catholicism has fixated particularly on…

by Dr. Richard Blackaby We live in a world that is deeply divided by strong and competing passions. Many people assume that if they are passionate enough about their opinion, it must be true. Politicians seem to spend more time demonstrating their anger or disgust about an issue than they invest in making a logical…

by Dr. Richard Blackaby I don’t believe God designed people to be indifferent. In fact, I have strong feelings on the subject! God created us to be passionate about what we do and believe. Life is an adventure, not a sentence! We should live enthusiastically. In the first chapter of the Bible, God repeatedly recognizes…

By Dr. Richard Blackaby I have been a dual citizen all my life. I was born in California to an American mother; hence, I have always been American. But I was mostly reared in Canada and have a Canadian father; therefore, I have always been Canadian. I have been told that people used to have…

In recent months there has been an unusually large number of high-profile leaders who have been accused of—or confessed to—immorality. These incidences are, unfortunately, not unprecedented in Christian circles. Nevertheless, the rate at which people are falling and the caliber of those who do is alarming. People have suggested that the Southern Baptist Convention is…

My wife, Lisa, and I have an ongoing dilemma. She loves to give presents. It is unquestionably her spiritual gift! Nothing gives her more joy than brightening someone’s day with a gift. The problem? I typically pay for them. This arrangement would be fine if my gift of earning matched her gift of giving. But…

One of my friends has a wonderful townhouse on the beach in Destin, Florida. He graciously allows my family to spend a week there every year. In the mornings, I love to sit on the deck and watch the waves rolling in to shore. This year, the folks along the beach were consumed with building…

It has been said that leaders must determine which hills are worth dying on. Not every hill is worth fighting for. Unfortunately, our world has become increasingly polarized, and people find it painfully difficult to compromise or find middle ground. To give an inch is viewed as surrendering everything. Americans are reminded of this phenomenon…

For many years I kept a special file folder in an office cabinet. It was my “dream folder.” This file wasn’t for my dreams, but for the ideas of others. People would stop by my office and excitedly tell me about their vision to plant a new church, or start a ministry to addicts, or…

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