Everything on this earth has a spiritual significance. Every spiritual truth has an earthly application. But understanding the intricacies of transubstantiation does not necessarily help when your son cleans his paintbrushes on the cat. The Take Away is an attempt to find out just what wisdom God has given us to comfort harassed felines—as well as what effect the belief of transubstantiation has on the relationship between Protestants and Catholics. Surprisingly, time and time again, the answer is "love each other." Not sentimental, sappy love, but intentional, hard, ever-redeeming agape love. Like God loves us.

Sometimes, however, God hides His love in the strangest places. In a series of sixty-six books that describe His role in human history. In a piece of bone, wrapped in a leather thong, thrown across the back of an innocent Man. In the thistles that threaten to overtake Colorado lawns everywhere. God reveals Himself in direct commands, like "Love your neighbor," and in the metaphorical parables of Jesus. And in peanut butter sandwiches, one of the greatest metaphors of all.

The Take Away is written by Kersley Fitzgerald, writer, drafter, former Air Force officer, wife, mother, horrible surfer, and lover of corn candy. To read one of her own metaphors, click here.







What do you have to believe to be a Christian? What don't you have to believe?

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We spend Advent shopping and eating and maybe lighting candles. But we rarely stop to think: these are the days leading up to the arrival of the warrior who saved us.

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Sin and Acceptance  |  Dec 1 2014
We are built for community. But not community brought by universal acceptance or validation. Nor by strict rules. We're built for community in Christ.

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A used car may be affordable, but the maintenance costs can be high. Our purchase price was Jesus' blood; will we allow Him to restore us?

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In the BBC miniseries Broadchurch, every character is betrayed in some way. It's how they respond to that betrayal that's interesting.

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"The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride" — Ecclesiastes 7:8. How thinking about the end can control our words in the beginning.

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Music from a Fallen Christian  |  Oct 30 2014
Should we listen to music performed or written by a Christian who lives in unrepentant sin? Or has wrong theological beliefs? Where do you draw the line between entertainment and influence?

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Movie Review: The Judge  |  Oct 22 2014
Love and justice have to come together or you don't really have either.

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Assisted Suicide and Dignity  |  Oct 16 2014
We're told assisted suicide is about death with dignity. For me, "death with dignity" is not a pill but an 80 year old woman dying of cancer, exhaling thankfulness with every last breath.

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Fall 2014 TV Review  |  Oct 8 2014
A review of three new and one old TV shows showcased in the fall of 2014.

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Emma Watson: HeForShe  |  Sep 29 2014
Emma Watson recently gave a speech for the UN Woman's new HeForShe program, inviting men to help women have gender equality. How does her speech compare with the Bible?

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and The Hundred-Foot Journey, two movies with Indian flavor, show how exploring different cultures can make us more ourselves.

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The Layers of Christian Growth  |  Sep 18 2014
Confused by theology? Frustrated by sin? Challenged in your faith? Step back. The layers of Christian growth start with your relationship to God.

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No Excuse  |  Jul-Sep 2014

No matter what our circumstances, and no matter what our relationship is with others, we have no excuse: the wide-open, spacious life reflects the Holy Spirit inside us.
2 Corinthians 6 and the Wide-Open, Spacious Life
Responsibilities and Circumstances
The Character of Freedom
Freedom in Relationships



Child Trafficking  |  Jul-Sep 2014

Statistics & Analysis: What does recent research tell us about child trafficking?
At-Risk Kids: Protecting kids before they become victims.
Online Kids: Limiting internet access will protect kids — and their hearts
Coming next: Methods and Madness
Resources: Statistical Data; Online Resources


So, I've been slowly reading through the New Testament. It's interesting how you can discover things you read over 18 times before. It seems like every chapter in 1 Corinthians has at least one little slap across the face. Here are a few.

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Fallacy and Logic  |  Jul 2014
Christian apologetics is a noble cause, but logic is sometimes a rare commodity. How to argue truth without falling into fallacy.
Part 1: Straw Men, False Causes, and Bandwagons
Part 2: Genetic Origins, No True Scotsman, and the Texas Sharpshooter
Part 3: Appeal to Authority, Personal Incredulity, and the Slippery Slope

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3D printing will revolutionize how we get the things we want. But it may also catastrophically change the foreign work force.

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Unless things change, Meriam Ibrahim and Saeed Abedini will die in prison. People around the world--Christian and non--are lobbying for their release. But there is only one hope in the face of Christian persecution.

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Meriam Ibrahim is a 27 year old doctor imprisoned in Sudan for apostasy. With her are her toddler son and her infant daughter. She is scheduled to be executed when her daughter is weaned. What can the church do when faced with such evil?

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Saeed Abedini, the Iranian-American pastor, has been sentenced to eight years prison in Iran. How did he get there, and how did Iran get to the point where unlawful imprisonment and torture is an every-day occurrence?

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What is the origin of the different races? How could all the races of the world have come from Adam and Eve?

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The world tells us to take care of needs at home before we worry about others. But is that what Jesus taught? What are the practical implications of being a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven?

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Mercy  |  Apr 22 2014
We hear a lot about grace. We pray for grace. We try to be gracious. But very often what we need is mercy — to receive a pardon, not a blessing; to have a need, not a desire, filled.

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Compassion International has served children in the Dominican Republic since 1970. Learn more about how they 'release children from poverty in Jesus' name.'

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In John 9, Jesus not only healed the blind beggar's eyes, He anointed them. What does it mean to have anointed eyes?

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Movie reviews of Divergent and The Grand Budapest Hotel

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It's well-established that the Noah movie diverges wildly from the biblical account. But if rock monsters and a murderous Noah aren't from the Bible, where are they from? What inspired the Noah movie?

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Then-Senator Obama said he did not want his daughters to be punished with a baby. But is having a baby ever punishment? How one small soundbite deceived a generation about the worth of children.

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What I have I give to you  |  Mar 11 2014
The Bible tells us to love and help unbelievers. What if those unbelievers don't want anything to do with God -- the only One Who can really help?

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The movie 'Philomena' shows the worst of adoption. But there are other stories. What happens when kids and parents get real?

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Jesus is radical. He completely turns our world upside-down regarding freedom, position, and honor. Do we believe Him?

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Review: The Lego Movie  |  Feb 18 2014
Some are born great, some have greatness thrust upon them. But some have a Piece of Resistance stuck to their back while they're trying to impress the girl.

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Sobriety Stories  |  Feb 13, 2014
With the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, more people are coming out with stories of how they have found some success fighting addiction. Keep it up — those of us who live with addicts need to hear your messages of hope.

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Nineveh  |  Feb 11 2014
We know we're to forgive our enemies. But do we have the faith to rescue the authors of our future destruction?

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On Worship and Work  |  Feb 7 2014
What do we do when we realize we don't actually like worship services? Should we skip? Or is the effort in itself a form of worship?

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Bill Nye and Ken Ham debate, a nation watches, and both sides claim the win. What are the core issues behind the old earth/new earth argument?

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Football: Weathering the Storm  |  Jan 21 2014
Being a fan of a team is similar to being a member of a church--When one person is a punk, do we abandon ship? Or ride out the storm, knowing the picture is bigger than one person?

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Review: The Book Thief  |  Jan 16 2014
A young girl and her brave foster-parents show Nazi Germany what real bravery - and love - looks like.

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It's easy to say virtual child sex trafficking is morally wrong. But in a society where the law is based on more practical things than ethics, how can you prove it?

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It took a week of doing nothing to make me realize what I shouldn't be doing.

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Sometimes love, kindness, and duty lead to the biggest adventures of our lives.

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What does it take to have a strong marriage in a family defined by divorce? The same thing it would take in any family: God's grace.

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Free Speech and Duck Calls  |  Dec 20, 2013
Duck Dynasty, A&E, free speech, and ducks. What is the message behind the mess?

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Choose Christmas  |  Dec 20, 2013
It's Christmas! Let's act like that's a good thing!

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Arguments over the menu, over-tired kids, and old wounds. What does the Bible say about surviving family holidays?

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Who are you?  |  Nov 21, 2013
Who are you? Who do others say you are? Who do you believe you are? How do you believe the lies others say about you? And why can't we just accept our identity in Christ and stop worrying about it?

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Christians are losing their comfort and will lose their liberties. It is inevitable. How we react is up to us. Will we mourn our losses or choose to have God's perspective in persecution?

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Thoughts on Thor, Ender's Game, Gravity, About Time.

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Forgiveness Once-Removed  |  Nov 11, 2013
It's one thing to forgive a friend. We all have plenty of experience with that. It's another to forgive someone who hurt your friend. How do you do that? And do you have to?

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It can be emotionally satisfying to spread information about our frustrating culture and government. But is it edifying? Reining in the conspiracies.

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Indulgence  |  Nov 5, 2013
What does it really mean to be indulgent? Is it more indulgent to eat what tastes good or to eat what makes you feel good?

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Technology and Attention Spans  |  Oct 25, 2013
Media and video games are eroding our kids' attention spans. When should we stop fighting it and use technology to our kids' advantage?

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Milk and Meat  |  Oct 16, 2013
Every Christian should learn apologetics, but first we must know our own faith. We must have milk before meat.

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The Sacrifices of Fierce Love  |  Oct 14, 2013
Real love takes sacrifice. Sometimes to reject culture, and sometimes to creatively work around it.

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Ticket to Mars  |  Oct 9, 2013
Plans are underway to send colonists on a one-way trip to Mars. What should Christians consider before signing up?

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Regret  |  Oct 1, 2013
Living with no regrets makes you happy in the moment. But it means living with no repentence and no real joy.

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Comparison  |  Sep 27, 2013
We've been told that it is vain and ungrateful to compare ourselves to our friends. What we often don't realize is that it is also hurtful to that friend.

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The Gospels and Modern News  |  Sep 26, 2013
Why do we have four Gospel accounts? How are the Gospels similar to the modern news we read today?

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Immortal and Moral  |  Sep 16, 2013
Why did God make us with an immortal soul? Why did He give us free will to choose our immortal destiny?

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Fit is the New Guilty  |  Sep 16, 2013
Does 'fit is the new skinny' encourage people to live healthy lives? Or make them feel guilty about yet another standard no one can live up to?

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When faced with depression so deep that suicide looks like the only alternative, know that in the moment the goal isn't complete wholeness, it's endurance--the power to take one more step.

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Introverts in the World  |  Sep 10, 2013
There are plenty of articles about how people can take care of their introverted friends. But how should introverts take care of their friends?

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Holy Jeans  |  Sep 9, 2013
What is appropriate attire for church? Should we dress up for church?

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The Woman at the Well  |  Aug 27, 2013
What if the reason the story of the woman at the well is confusing because it's so long been intepreted by men, when it's very much a story about a woman?

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Passion, righteous anger, and human energy are not enough to fight injustice in the world. We must be equipped by the God of justice. 'Deepening the Soul for Justice' explains how.

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Schrodinger's Calvinism  |  Aug 22, 2013
Spread the gospel; just because we don't know if the cat's alive or dead doesn't mean we should lock him in the freezer.

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When developers come to buy up land, some owners stand firm, as if nailed into the ground. Are our convictions nearly as firm as their nail houses?

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2013 Movie Recap  |  Aug 13, 2013
2013 is proving to be an excellent year for movies. Which is your favorite?

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Gen-X, Gen-Y, and the Church  |  Aug 6, 2013
Gen-X and Millennials are more different than you might think. But they have one strong similarity: how they view the church is highly influenced by how they were raised.

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Federal and local law enforcement has just rescued 105 children from sex trafficking. Rescue is one thing, but who will give them restoration?

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This fallen world loves to throw us curve-balls. Instead of whining about the inconvenience, get creative.

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High-Maintenance Ministers  |  Jul 24, 2013
When faced with annoying, painful, or debilitating health problems, it's natural to think ministry isn't an option. But sometimes the best ministry is doing what you can without complaining.

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Dig Deep  |  Jul 22, 2013
Like worms, we find life on the surface of things to be easy. But when faced with killer beetles of persecution, we have to dig deep to make a difference in the world.

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Pride can make us hide from our spiritual gifts; narrow-mindedness can make us hoard them. Only love can turn a work into a gift.

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Works Gift-Wrapped in Love  |  Jul 15, 2013
Pride can make us hide from our spiritual gifts; narrow-mindedness can make us hoard them. Only love can turn a work into a gift.

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Travel the world  |  Jul 9, 2013
Sometimes you have to see the world to get perspective on your own life.

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The Boy Scouts recently resolved to accept boys who are openly gay. Many Christians are fleeing what they see as endorsement of sin. We're not, and here's why.

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DOMA  |  Jun 27, 2013
With DOMA shot down, it's very likely gay marriage will be legalized across the country. How should the church respond?

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The comfort of the Trinity  |  Jun 25, 2013
The Trinity is confusing. How can God be Father, Son, and Spirit? We can't say. But we get a small clue when we consider how each part of the Trinity interacts with us.

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Restoration and Loss  |  Jun 17, 2013
A house. A bike. A car. Relationships. Joy. Whatever our loss, God can restore it 100-fold.

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Childlike faith isn't to expect God to immediately give us what we ask for. It's to immediately and always have faith in God.

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Doing all to the Glory of God  |  May 30, 2013
First Corinthians 10:31 says we should do all to the glory of God. How do we accept another's 'all' when it is completely counter to our own convictions?

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The new Common Core State Standards Initiative seem to encourage schools to de-emphasize literature and concentrate more on non-fiction information writing. How would this affect readers' understanding of the greatest piece of literature ever—the Bible?

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The Grace of Church Discipline  |  May 24, 2013
Jesus laid out exactly how we are to confront another believer with sin. It's a system designed to create healing and restoration. Abusive or ignored church discipline humiliates and shames the innocent and forsakes the guilty.

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Feminists for Life:     Part 1  |  Part 2  |  Part 3  |  May 14, 2013
Before equal pay and NOW and sexual harassment, the feminist movement was about protecting women. A huge part of that was driven by the need to protect women from abortion. Feminists for Life wants to get back to those roots.

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Useless Samaritans  |  May 14, 2013
We all like to think we'd be the Good Samaritan, but do we take the time to learn what to do when the need arises?

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Jason Russell, Greg Mortenson, and Ted Haggard claimed to dedicate their lives to helping others but lost credibility when the truth came to light. What happened and how should we respond?

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Christopher Dorner's resolutions were mostly logical, objective, and well thought out. He was quick to protect the weak and praise those he respected—while not being blind to their faults and shortcomings. His downfall was that all of these views were motivated by the preservation of his own honor.

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Christopher Dorner was an LAPD officer who claimed he was relieved of duty after he reported another officer for excessive force in 2007. After repeated attempts to maintain his honor, frustrated with losing his job, and watching those he considered to be less honorable receiving accolades and promotions, Dorner went on the offense.

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One of the virtues of a Proverbs 31 woman strikes me: she makes sure her household is fed. I work full time all year; part of the year, I work a second, part-time job; plus I have two volunteer positions. Even if I had time to fix dinner, I wouldn't have the energy. Fortunately, what Proverbs 31 does not say is that a virtuous woman spends an hour every night making dinner and then another hour every morning making lunches and breakfasts.

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Inherently Changeable  |  February 18, 2013
The belief that everyone can change makes a difference in the way we relate to others. It changes the aggressor from a two-dimensional demon into a real flesh-and-blood creation of God. Corrupt, but still the image of God. How can we really own this belief?

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Review: Silver Linings Playbook  |  February 1, 2013
The 2012 movie "Silver Linings Playbook" shows that in hard circumstances, almost any action can feel appropriate. The crazy things we do almost always make sense in the moment. If we do the right things, the world says, it'll all work out. But that's very far from the truth.

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God's Filter  |  January 24, 2013
Satan disguises himself as an angel of light, and we fall for it. The glare can blind us. But if we look from the perspective of God's worldview, we can see beyond the glitz and glamour, success and fame, money and popularity. Seeing the world from God's perspective alerts us to the dangers the enemy has set up to destroy us.

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Permission  |  January 15, 2013
Allow grieving friends the grace to verbalize and manifest what they are feeling. Even the most spiritual person has physical and emotional limits. Acknowledge that even unreasonable responses are legitimate in that moment. It takes time for God to work healing into a person's heart. Don't expect more from your friend than God does.

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Sick & Tired  |  December 28, 2012
The Bible doesn't condone laziness, of course (Proverbs 13:4). We should all do what we can. But what if there's an underlying physical problem that one cannot see from the outside? How do we love the person who is sick and tired but never looks like it?

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Mind Intrusion  |  December 19, 2012
Most everyone has intrusive thoughts at some point— nasty little ideas that pop up out of nowhere. As disturbing as they can feel, they're very common and don't necessarily mean anything serious. Random thoughts are not sin, although they may become so if we dwell on them. So how can we get rid of them?

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Donation Secrets  |  December 13, 2012
Supporters of Got Questions Ministries have sacrificed $5 to $5,000 and beyond. No matter what the amount, we are open to and appreciative of any donations we receive. Kersley Fitzgerald works behind the scenes with donations and wants to share a few little-known secrets.

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Happy Holidays  |  December 5, 2012
Is it blasphemy for a business to use "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas"? Is it better to stop hypocritically using Jesus to sell shirts? Or it is far more important overall to promote the welfare of employees, contractors, and suppliers than to validate any particular religion?

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Unreasonable Love  |  November 20, 2012
We live in an unreasonable world, and we find it hard to remember how much people matter to God and how little our earthly lives really mean. Jonah did it. Paul did it. But how? How does God prioritize the needs of His people?

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Idolatry Takes a Hit  |  November 13, 2012
We have made an idol out of the good life. We have far more luxuries than our families did 100 years ago. Bigger houses, more cars, electronics in every corner. But if we are citizens of Heaven, why are we holding so tightly to what we will leave behind?

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Is our will really free?  |  November 12, 2012
The fact that God knows what is going to happen or what has happened has nothing to do with our right to choose. God allows us to make decisions within the context of the world He created. Read two illustrations to explain the reality of an omnipotent God and the reality of our free will.

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Unpacking Atheism  |  November 7, 2012
Part 1: Dr. William Lane Craig: Unpacking Atheism
Part 2: The Artist and the Lawyer: Dr. Holly Ordway and Randall Niles
Part 3: Reaching Atheists: How to share Jesus without scaring friends and family

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Christian culture says a woman's greatest role is to get married, have babies, and stay at home. But when that doesn't pan out, does that mean she has failed? One woman discovered that God had something planned that was far beyond the Christian culture's demands.

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Blasphemy: The Most Serious Sin  |  October 16, 2012
Worldwide, execution has been the standard punishment for blasphemy. Blasphemy against God is prevalent in media. Of the Ten Commandments, three relate to blasphemy (Exodus 20). But what is it and what does it mean to blaspheme?

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She and Her  |  October 3, 2012
Which relationships do you value? Does celebrity affect where you place your friendship value? What if you knew inspiring writers, charismatic musicians, or famous actors? Where would they fall in the ladder of important relationships?

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When we try to analyze the issue of how salvation works, everything gets twisted. Maybe if we come at it from a different angle we can see that from where we stand, it doesn't have to be that complicated.

Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V




This New York Times Bestseller is a very personal book written in the midst of struggle. Because of that, it is messy, but it's also passionate and honest.

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Simple Advice for Someday Newlyweds  |  September 5, 2012
For the Christian couple who can't afford the wedding of their dreams, can't keep their pants on, and are absolutely committed to their relationship, there's a decision to be made.

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Movie Review: Brave  |  August 27, 2012
Who needs to learn bravery in Disney Pixar's anti-princess princess film 'Brave'? It might not be who you're thinking.

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Metaphor and Literature  |  August 21, 2012
I think both computer language and computer-based interaction are creating a disconnect between modern readers and the metaphorical language of the Bible.

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God as coach  |  August 2, 2012
God as coach - what can we learn about God from an athletic coach? What does a coach/athlete relationship have in common with the God/Christian relationship?

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What is the Purpose of College?  |  June 28, 2012
What is the purpose of college? A Pew Research Center report found that 47% of those polled believe the purpose of college is to be trained for a job, 39% believe it is for personal development, and 12% say it is for both.

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In a former life, Charley was an Army helicopter pilot. His wife Martie was a specialist in the aircraft maintenance database system we actually used when I was a maintenance officer. Now they're helping to rebuild lives destroyed by natural disasters. The Pathfinder Mission.

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God is Sufficient  |  June 21, 2012
I am not sufficient to meet all the needs I see around me. I'm not even sufficient to live my own life! But God is sufficient and He can show me which race I'm supposed to be running. I know He'll carry me. But there is no need for me to run what He hasn't given me. He's got it covered.

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Slavery of The Mind  |  June 7, 2012
A slave owner said that his slaves are not paid because they are part of the land. How often do we allow our lives and minds to become a part of this world because of slavery of the mind?

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Everyone around us who should have been there or who we want to be there or who is there in a limited way is really just an instrument of the One Who is always there. God shows empathy for us through one another.

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The Bible tells believers to be in the world, but not of the world. Can the same thing be applied to the philosophy of the church in its outreach ministries? Is outreach the best way for the church to be in the world but not of the world?

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Is Hormonal Birth Control Safe?  |  May 16, 2012
Is the birth control pill a good, safe option for women? Hormonal contraceptives have some side-effects that many doctors don't think are valid. But your friends may have stories that will prove otherwise.

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The character of Ela is by turns familiar, inspiring, and convicting. She's a prophet, but she still has doubt, fear, and a wicked temper. She learns how to listen to Him and obey even when it's really hard. For the unbeliever, it's a great picture of God's love and grace.

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Once Upon a Time  |  May 2, 2012
The Once Upon a Time TV show is about a group of fantasy characters who are leading double lives in the real world. There is drama, action and romance, plus a few Christian parallels.

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To the world, when a Muslim high school student kills his Christian teacher, it is just another story of Muslim Christian conflict and the evils of religion. But to those involved in bringing the gospel to Muslims, it represents a risk worth taking.

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Scientific modeling is so ingrained in the science culture that it's rarely mentioned. It allows scientists to say, "This is the way it is, now and forever!" and then the next week they completely contradict themselves with absolutely no sign of irony or chagrin.

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The Wisdom of Unanswered Prayer  |  April 11, 2012
Why is it that when we don't get what we want from God we immediately assume that He doesn't exist or isn't listening? Isn't it more likely that He is wiser than us and knows that what we want isn't the best thing for us?

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The Hunger Games. It's not a romance, I tell my friends. They're not easy. They don't have a Hollywood ending. But they're awesome, and you have to read them. They are rich with meaning. They take work.

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What roles do women in ministry take on? Is there any one "right ministry" for women to do? Our different talents and abilities make the church stronger. Women in ministry don't all have to be the same or do the same types of activities.

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How old is the Earth?  |  January 31, 2012
How old is the earth? Bible records are clear that the earth is relatively young. But scientists say the earth is very old. And theologians are stuck in the middle.

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Part 1: Salvation and our Personal Story  |  January 24, 2012
Part 2: Can God Use a Broken Story?  |  February 7, 2012
Part 3: Salvation and Personal Responsibility  |  February 28, 2012
Our personal stories make us who we are. Sometimes we can choose those stories. Sometimes we can't. But God has a much bigger story planned, and we are all called to be heroes.

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The God Virus   |  January 7, 2012
Some atheists have started comparing belief in God to a virus—a foreign pathogen that infects people and makes them lose the ability to think clearly. Is this a scientific description? Or are the atheists the attackers?

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There is a point where the protection of our daughters slides into control, whether we be in a patriarchy cult or a group of mutant super heroes. Gifts should be used for the good of the group, not managed into something safe.

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The best science fiction relies on themes of the human condition, sometimes unintentionally. Is abortion wrong? A story about an android can help us understand. Is sin scary? As scary as a scene from Alien.

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What is faith that moves mountains? How can we trust God when we don't know where He is going? And what do stars and dragons have to do with all this?

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Calvinism says God predestines those He will save. That's His business. Our business is to be a light to the world. As Amy and the Doctor discovered in their quest to save Vincent van Gogh, it's not always easy to reconcile the two.

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How do free will and sovereignty work together? Do we really have free will? With all the crossed timelines and fixed points in time, the Doctor could probably empathize.

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God created the universe, the world, and us, and His presence touches everything we do. Even science fiction can teach us about understanding the eternal God and the dangers of presuming we know the future.

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Trafficking 9: Us  |  August 29, 2011
Men and women are to help each other through difficulties and encourage each other to stay close to God. That's incredibly difficult when dealing with a sin that involves so much fear, condemnation and shame. We can't help each other out of sexual sin if we refuse to talk.

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Homes for sex trafficking victims are few and far between. But they're absolutely essential for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Girls need clothes, toiletries, beds, school supplies, and food. But most of all, they need Christ's love through us.

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Trafficking 7: The Girls  |  August 23, 2011
Broken bones, PTSD, drug addictions, extreme anxiety, guilt, trauma-bonds—it's amazing how similar victims of trafficking are to POWs.

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Trafficking 6: We Are the Body  |  August 18, 2011
God equipped the church with certain skills. The church is the way in which He chooses to interact with the world today. It is our job to be on the front lines.

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There is no intrinsic, human difference between one individual and another. What do you see when you look at a trafficked person?

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Trafficking 4: Eve  |  August 2, 2011
Woman, the last and best of God's creation. What happened to turn her into a semi-useful appliance? How has sin affected womanhood and how women experience life? How does Christ restore her?

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Trafficking 3: Sex Trafficking  |  July 25, 2011
"She chose it." "She's a drug addict." "She could just quit." What if she didn't choose? What if she's forced to do drugs? What if she knows if she quits she'll be killed? What if she needs our help?

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Trafficking 2: Labor Trafficking  |  July 20, 2011
When we think about slavery, we think people in fields, working for no pay and living in squalor. That's still true. But they could also be your hotel housekeeper. Welcome to the world of labor trafficking.

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This world preys on the innocent—always has and always will. We now have the opportunity to fight back and work to free the millions who are caught in modern-day slavery. Start here, by looking at these human trafficking statistics.

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When is a story about witches not about witches? What's the deal with Twilight, Harry Potter and all those other fantasy books? And why are those space cowboys swearing in Chinese?

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Vampires, werewolves, zombies, and octopus-wearing dirigible riders seem to be swamping popular culture lately. What's the deal with all the fantasy genres?

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We are quick to point out how seasons are like the rhythms of human life in macro. But it could be that the annual ebb and flow of life and death also illustrate how forgiveness works? How does trimming trees relate to forgiving and forgetting?

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When Others are Weak: Look to God  |  June 23, 2011
God supports us through people, spiritually and physically. But people are not God, and when weakness strikes, we have to look to God, or we are not going to be able to help.

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Weakness and illness may be the spiritual metaphor that isn't. Our physical weakness was caused by our spiritual weakness. And we react in the same way—either in gratitude that others are able to help, or in fear that they see our vulnerability.

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Animals: Metaphor on The Hoof  |  June 13, 2011
Sure mules are stubborn. But if animals are metaphors, it's obvious how much we have in common with them.

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If God's purpose for this whole weird world is teach us about Him, animals have to be part of the lesson. But what metaphor can be found in a neurotic dog that pees everywhere?

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Sin requires a blood offering. The restoration of the world required the blood of a sinless man. But why the crucifixion? Why hours of torture and agony? Couldn't the God of the universe have been satisfied with something less brutal?

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Thousands of years into live on this world, and we've lost remembrance of Eden. We read about the curse on the land, but don't stop to think what it means. Weather is a living metaphor, reminding us what our sin has done.

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Home by Nightfall  |  May 24, 2011
We try to simplify God too much. How does free will (or free-ish will) and predestination work out? At what point on a troubled soul's journey does "once saved-always saved" become "she was never saved"? Truth is, we don't know how it all works out. But we can be sure we will arrive home by nightfall.

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Many couples will be relieved to find there is no marriage in heaven. A handful of others will be greatly distressed. What if you love your spouse so much you want to be married for eternity? Won't God give you the desires of your heart?

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The rise of the suburbs was an unavoidable cultural phenomenon. Cleaner air, more room, and safer streets are all good things. But the ‘burbs also mean more work and less time. How did a new house with a yard exhaust stay-at-home moms and make dads all but disappear?

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We tend to so identify with cultural standards that they become indistinguishable from spiritual truths. A big standard in America is a house in the suburbs. When did suburbia become a virtue? And is vacuuming a spiritual discipline?

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Why does the royal wedding matter? It doesn't. Not really. Why doesn't it matter that the royal wedding doesn't matter? Because someday, that'll be us.

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Adoption, The Series
I knew God would use adoption to teach me about myself. What I didn't realize was how much I'd learn about God.
Part 1: Adopting a New Way to Look at God  |  April 19, 2011
Part 2: Adopted by Father-God  |  April 28, 2011
Part 3: Adopting a New Life  |  May 5, 2011
Part 4: A Whole New World  |  May 7, 2011
Part 5: Adoption is Forever  |  April 11, 2011
 


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